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St. Petersburg Central

Located at 7019 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Fred Astaire St. Petersburg Central LOVES ballroom dancing! We teach "any dance that takes two people" including the elegant and stately Waltzes and Foxtrots, the energetic Swings, the sizzling Salsas, Rumbas and Cha Chas and the ever-popular Tango and Argentine Tango.

Located in St. Petersburg toward the beaches and Tyrone Square Mall, you’ll find a dance studio with 23 years of dance history! With continuous ownership and dance training, we’ve designed a system that works! We combine private dance lessons (one-on-one with a dance instructor), group dance lessons (one dance instructor and several dance students) and practice dance parties (a party to practice what dances you’re learning before going out to dance in public) to make you the dancer you’ve always dreamed of being!

Are you interested in fitness? We suggest combining private dance lessons with our Zumba classes! Want to meet new people? How about a private dance lesson plus three group dance classes this week? Would you like to attend a ballroom dance competition? Then our staff is perfect! Each and every one of them compete professionally in dance competitions! That should tell you just how serious we are about our dance skills! But, wow, do we love to have fun!

St. Petersburg Central is located on Central Avenue, between 66th Street and Park St. We have our own building in the "Complex 70" Park! We’re open from 11 am until 10 pm, Monday through Friday. Saturdays by appointment.

Please call 727-347-7700 or email us at StPeteCentral@FredAstaireTampaBay.com and let us know what type of dancing you'd like to learn.

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Tad Joy

Tampa Bay Area Developer and Dance Studio Owner

Tad Joy

Tad and Elizabeth Joy are the driving force behind Fred Astaire Dance Studios Tampa Bay.

Their dance career spanned twelve years and culminated in three National American Smooth dance titles together.

They are both National and World Class Dance Adjudicators and continue to coach dance across the country.

In addition, they are the only NDCA-recognized adjudicators, competitors and coaches to own a studio in the Tampa Bay area.

The have been impressively undefeated 3 times in the United States Smooth Dance champions with Fred Astaire Dance Studios.

Both born and raised in Tampa Bay, they have owned the Central Ave Dance Studio for 20 years and currently own the franchising company for the past 5 years.

Their Tampa Bay Dance Studio continuously ranks in the top 5 Fred Astaire Studios across the country. Their current and most important project is their daughter, Amelia, who danced her first recital at the age of four.

You can reach Tad by calling 727-347-7700 or email Tad at TJoy@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.

Elizabeth Joy

Tampa Bay Area Developer and Dance Studio Owner

Elizabeth Joy

Elizabeth is the Area Developer, Tampa Bay Fred Astaire Dance Studios and a Member of Fred Astaire National Council of Dance.

Elizabeth is a Southern States American Smooth Dance Champion and an undefeated Southeast States American Smooth Dance Champion.

She was awarded the John Monte Award of Excellence as a pro/am dance competitor.

She has won numerous Freddy Awards and Manager of the Year awards throughout the years.

You can reach Elizabeth by calling 727-347-7700 or email Elizabeth at EJoy@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.

Jessica Smith

Dance Studio Manager

St. Petersburg Central St Petersburg FL Dance Studio Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is originally from Rochester New York. As you can imagine, she really enjoys the weather here!

She spent most of her younger days cheerleading and taking various dance classes and is the eldest of four siblings.

While her first line of work was cosmetology, she has excelled in dancing both professionally and with instructing dance students.

Jessica loves combining her previous career with her current . . . becoming an automatic "go to" person for competitive hair and make-up.

She dances both American Smooth Dance and American Rhythm and consistently ranks in the 10 in both "closed" divisions. When Jessica is not in the dance studio, she spends her time at the beach with her friends and puppy.

You can reach Jessica at 727-347-7700 or email her at JessicaM@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.