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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Tampa Bay Area Developer and Dance Studio Owner
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.
Tampa Bay Area Developer and Dance Studio Owner
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.
Dance Studio Manager
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.
After being a Fred Astaire Dance Studio student in her hometown of Huntsville, AL for five years, Nancy Dix was invited to become a professional in the South Central Region. She has taught many dance students at all levels, trained new staff, managed and opened dance studios in Montgomery, AL and Portland, OR. In addition to opening and managing other dance studios, she owned and operated a dance studio in Chattanooga, TN for 15 years. She has been a TOP Female Teacher, Gold Freddy Award recipient, TOP Guest Getter and competed at the Regional Dance Professional level. She now resides in St. Petersburg, FL and supervises St. Pete Central’s Enrollment Department. You can reach Nancy at 727-347-7700 or email her at NancyD@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Rachael Gross is from Canton, Ohio. She moved down to Florida to follow her dreams of being a professional dancer. She started dancing at a young age. She learned Jazz for about 10 years. Rachael has a passion for music and singing, which only grew as she grew older. When she entered high school she was part of the Performing Arts program. She learned more jazz and began to learn tap, ballet and contemporary dance styles. Becasue she loved dancing and music, she began to combine the two by performing in musicals. While in high school she also began taking ballroom dancing. She was very intrigued by the beauty and complexity of the dance. When she entered college she majored in music with a focus in voice. Her passion for ballroom grew to the point she wanted to become a professional ballroom dancer. That desire led her to become a dance instructor. She is working in the field of her dreams. You can reach Rachael at 727-347-7700 or email her at RachaelG@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Raymond Cedeno is a native of Puerto Rico and has been dancing since he was five years old. Which, in return, has made him a three-time reigning Salsa Champion. He also has many more accomplishments, such as first place in Fred Astaire Regional Competitions in American Rhythm and Smooth dance. Raymond describes himself as a fun, dedicated Dance instructor. He loves to challenge his dance students and takes pride in bringing out the very best in them. One of Raymond's biggest goals in his career is to enrich the lives of his dance students and bring a smile to their faces. He also makes it a point to be the best he can be in his dance craft. You can reach Raymond at 727-347-7700 or email him at RaymondC@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Joey has been with Fred Astaire Dance Studios for a year and half. He studied disciplines of ballet, jazz and tap. His impressive background includes touring with Disney on Ice for 12 years nationally and internationally and touring with Disney Live! for 4 years, also nationally and internationally. Joey has six years in competitive figure skating and coached figured skating for various ages. You can reach Joey at 727-347-7700 or email him at JoeyD@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Ivan was born and raised in Bulgaria and has been living in the US for over ten years. He came to the US to pursue the “American Dream” and is married with a two year-old son, Victor. He started dancing at the age of twelve and has a passion for dancing and teaching the art. Dancing is not Ivan’s only talent. He is computer engineer and a general contractor. You can reach Ivan at 727-347-7700 or email him at IvanG@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Tiana was born in Connecticut but raised in South Florida and fell in love with dance at a very young age. She began cheerleading in high school and started ballroom dancing shortly after that. Tiana graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in film and media arts and a minor in dance and has been competing professionally for several years. It must be her Puerto Rican heritage that makes her love the rhythm dances! She and her dance partner have competed both at the National level and the International level. You can reach Tiana at 727-347-7700 or email her at TianaR@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Erik comes to us from Palm Springs, CA and has an extensive background in large-scale Production Shows in Las Vegas, Asia and several major Cruise Lines. He prides himself on the incredible accomplishments his dance students can make though the joy and vehicle of dance. You can reach Erik at 727-347-7700 or email him at ErikS@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.