From The Fred Astaire Dance Studio
With the popularity of dancing at an all-time high there are some people who still hold on to old stereotypes of dancing as something that isn’t manly. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, after proudly opening its doors on April 2, is hoping to dispel those myths. Their two male instructors, Jesse Stanley and Chris Wright-Martell, each combine their passion of dancing with other accomplishments that prove that real men do dance.
Jesse Stanley, 32, of Plainville, CT, is a SGT in the CT Army National Guard. He is a member of the 141st Medical Company, which is based out of Middletown, CT. He participated and won the Army Best Warrior Competition held in Niantic, CT, March 22 – 25. The competition consisted of several events to test his warrior skills like the Army PT test, weapon shooting, a 10k road march and hands on warrior tasks. He is now going to represent the CT Army National Guard in the regional competition held in NY in May. Jesse has been dancing for ten years and specializes in Lindy Hop.
Chris Wright-Martell, 32, of Middletown, CT is an expert and author in the field of Martial Arts and Self-Defense. Chris founded and led the Modern Self-Defense Center in Middletown since 2002, teaching everything from Women’s Self-Defense to training up-and-coming Cage Fighters. After a childhood of both Martial Arts and dance, Chris holds black belts in Kenpo Karate, Filipino Martial Arts, and both Japanese and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu styles, as well as teaching credentials in several others. Last year, he saw the publication of his first book: “Knack Self-Defense for Women: Strategies, Moves, & Everyday Tactics to Gain Confidence & Stay Safe.” Chris began his Ballroom dance career as a collegiate competitor and specializes in Latin Dance.
Fred Astaire is open Monday – Friday 12:30 – 9 p.m. and offers group classes and private lessons in Smooth, Rhythm and Latin dances for all ages. No partner is necessary.
The Studio is at 19 Tuttle Place.