September 20, 2021

Fred Astaire Dance Studios Expands to Saratoga Springs

The pandemic brought many challenges to many people, but for Fred Astaire Dance Studios (FADS) in Saratoga, it was an opportunity to relocate and re-open in a bigger and better space. The Capital Region Chamber and Owners Elizabeth and Grey Masko celebrated the new location with a ribbon cutting, champagne toast, and performances Sunday, September 19, 2021, with Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and National Ballroom Dance Champion Joan Regan Hayner.

The new location offers a performance space that’s three times as large as before, fostering even more growth. As people are still recovering from the effects of the pandemic, FADS offers a safe environment for dancers of all ages and abilities to learn about the benefits of ballroom and latin dancing and how even one lesson can help improve mental, physical, and emotional

With this new location, the Masko’s announce a new offering to help share the benefits of dancing with a wider audience; Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Saratoga Springs will be  offering children’s classes beginning next spring. Dancing is not an activity just for older generations, and the same benefits that help hone cognitive function, foster respect for a partner, and encourage body positivity, are all elements of growth that can begin at an early age, as well as continue in the golden years.

“I’m so glad to see this small business in the Saratoga area growing into a larger location and expanding,” said Senator Daphne Jordan, who was unable to attend the ribbon cutting but came earlier in the week to deliver a Senate Recognition Certificate. “Even while coming out of a pandemic and seeing the Studio flourish in this way, provides hope to other small businesses in this area.”

“This new offering of children’s classes will help develop important structure and compassion among our young people,” said Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner. “Dancing can help encourage
coordination, precision, cooperation, and confidence in our children.”

“Saratoga County is home to many small businesses who have had ups and downs induced by the pandemic,” said Supervisor Theodore Kusnierz, Jr., Saratoga County Board of Supervisors
Chairman. “It’s rewarding and inspiring to see this growth and expansion in the area. We congratulate Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Saratoga Springs on this great accomplishment.”

“We are so excited about our new location, and everything we’ll be able to offer to the community,” said Elizabeth and Grey Masko, Owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Saratoga Springs. “We look forward to the children’s classes we’ll be offering in the spring and hope that our current students enjoy the new space for years to come.”

All ribbon cuttings are sponsored by Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company.