Fred Astaire School Takes New Dance Partner

The Fred Astaire Dance Studio has announced a dance benefit to celebrate the inaugural year of a new Upper West Side performing arts high school -- the first time the studio has entered such a partnership.

The event, called "Dance Among the Stars," will showcase ballroom dancing and feature world champions as well as professional and amateur competitive dancers from the prestigious studio.

The studio has joined with the High School for Arts, Imagination, and Inquiry, developed in association with the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education, to further the performing arts as inspiration for critical and creative thinking.

Tony Dovolani, host of the television show "Dancing with the Stars," will host the benefit and also perform with his professional partner Elena Grinenko.

There will also be a dance presentation by the students from the high school's dance club.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the school.

The benefit will be held June 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at the High School for Arts, Imagination, and Inquiry, located on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus at 122 Amsterdam Ave., NYC. The hall seats 1,000.

General tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Each ticket also includes two half-hour private dance lessons at the Fred Astaire studio on West 72nd Street. Sponsorship tickets cost $50, $250 or $500. To purchase, call the high school at (212) 799-4064 or the studio at (212) 595-3200.