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St. Patrick’s Day + Our 20 Year Studio Anniversary Party!!

March 11, 2019

One of the signs of spring is St. Patrick’s Day, that mid-March festival that always calls for a great party. So we’re having one. Put this on your calendar – Friday, March 15, at 8:30 p.m. That’s when we are having our Happy St. Patrick’s Day Green Dance Party. This is the time for the […]

Join Us: Thanksgiving Potluck Dance Party!

November 14, 2018

It’s that time of year, when we turn our thoughts just a little bit more to our friends and family and feel grateful for the blessings and bounty we enjoy! With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce our Thanksgiving Potluck Dance Party on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 p.m. It will take place right […]

October Events at FADS Albany

October 11, 2018

Busy, busy, busy. That’s us! We’re going to keep your toes tapping through a very exciting October where you are going to party and dance! We head out of the studio October 11th, 12th & 13th for the Northeast Dance Sport Championships Competition! Excitement has been building for this regional competition, taking place at the Hanover […]

“Tango, Tango, and More…”

July 9, 2018

We will have a studio showcase “Tango, tango, And More…” on Saturday, July 14, with showcases and participated solos by our students, plus a professional show. There is no charge to see these talented performers take to the dance floor! The Tango is one of the most highly stylized ballroom dances we teach. It is […]

Argentine Tango Coaching with Oscar Casas!

March 6, 2018

Our first order of business? Wishing the best of luck to our students and teachers at the 2018 Metropolitan Dancesport Championships on March 8-11, 2018 in Long Branch, N.J.! We know they will do their best and make us proud. Back here on the home front at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Albany, we […]

Join Us For Our Sweet Tooth Party!

February 5, 2018

Wow, can you believe we’re already in the second month of the year? Time flies when you’re having fun, and we are certainly doing that at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Albany. We’re looking forward to our Sweet Tooth Party on Friday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 p.m., for two reasons. First, who doesn’t look forward to […]

Spice Up Your January & Attend Our Special Dance Show!

January 11, 2018

One of the great pleasures for us is staging a special show by our students and teachers. The performers get a chance to show off their skills in front of an appreciative audience of friends and peers, and those who attend and have the desire to perform see what is possible with dedication to their […]

National Blog Posts

A Few Of Our Favorite Dance Movies!

November 1, 2018

When you think of movies featuring great dancers, the first name that comes to mind is Fred Astaire, founder of Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Often partnered with the gifted Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire brought fabulous moves, smooth sophistication and romance to the big screen. And, of course, Ginger Rogers did the same – backwards, […]

An In-Depth Guide: Preparing Your Body For a Dance Competition

June 15, 2018

Fred Astaire Dance Studios across the globe host many regional and national competitions throughout the year. In order to feel fully prepared for a FADS dance competition, you want to make sure you are treating your body right for the few weeks leading up to the competition so you are able to handle the demands […]

The Importance of Good Technique

May 15, 2018

When it comes to dance, no truer words were spoken than what was said by British poet and dramatist, John Dryden in the 1600’s, “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.” Whether dancing in front of an audience or dancing down a street on a sunny afternoon, the feet write and display the graceful beauty […]

How To Tell The Difference Between Popular Types Of Latin Dances

March 15, 2018

Ballroom dance is enjoyed all over the world in a variety of forms, many having common roots. This is particularly true of the popular Latin dances. While we often think of them as South American specialties, their histories are more complicated than that. Many derive from African rhythms and patterns that were later adapted in […]

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: January Birthdays

January 23, 2018

Ginger Rogers is likely the dance partner we think of first, but Fred Astaire, our co-founder and namesake, was fortunate to have performed and starred with numerous well-known & talented dancers, on both stage and screen during his career. This blog post highlights the stories of two of Astaire’s esteemed dance partners – George Burns […]