Puttin’ on the Ritz


In 1981, the Walt Medicis Dance Studio was acquired and renamed Puttin’ on the Ritz Dance Studio.  Originally at Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt, the studio later relocated to Driver’s Village in North Syracuse. As of May 2013 the Studio returned to Shoppingtown Mall, where all classes and social dancing events are now held.

Puttin’ on the Ritz Dance Studio has always offered Group and Private Lessons in Swing, Ballroom, Latin, Tap and Line Dance from beginner through advanced levels. With the emphasis less on competitive dance training and more focused on the social and fun side of this sport, many students have kept returning to learn and to dance over the years as their busy lives permit, or as their love for dancing insists! In fact, there are many students that have studied with Donna at Puttin’ On the Ritz for over 20 years.

Studio Namesake:

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” was a popular song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin and introduced by Harry Richman in the musical Puttin’ on the Ritz (1930). The title is derived from the slang expression “putting on the Ritz,” meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the luxury Ritz Hotel in London. This famous song was also performed by Clark Gable in “Idiot’s Delight” (1939), and performed by Fred Astaire in the film “Blue Skies” (1946). Being there in person and watching Fred Astaire dance must have been a real delight!

Join in on the fun:

Stop into the studio and see for yourself why Puttin’ on the Ritz has been the choice of so many satisfied dance enthusiasts for over 20 years in Central New York. No contracts or reservations required!