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Empty Nest? More Room To Dance!

September 9, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Those kids – or young adults – who occupied their old bedrooms for the summer are heading back to college. Or maybe they are off to college for the first time, ready to embark on that new journey and independence. Which also gives YOU independence. Nobody coming and going […]

Cha-Cha or Cha-Cha-Cha

April 11, 2018

Originally known as the Cha-Cha-Cha, the Cha-Cha became popular in the United States around 1954, but it originated in 1953 when the Cuban orchestra “America” started playing the time honored “Danzon” (an older form of Cuban dance) with a new syncopated beat. This sounded like a slow Mambo. In the slow Mambo tempo, there 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 […]

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Combat the Stress of the Holidays Through Dance!

December 15, 2018

There’s shopping to be done. And baking. And cleaning. And decorating. And runs to the airport. The job. The kids. The guests from out of town. Whew. Exhausting, isn’t it? And stressful. You can feel it as you grab the steering wheel of your car in a death grip. As the lines in stores grow […]

The Benefits of Unleashing Your Competitive Side

October 1, 2018

We love many things about dance. The beauty. The elegance. The teamwork with a trusted partner. The competition. Wait. What? Yes, the competition. As our dancers progress through the Fred Astaire Trophy System, they often wish to test their skills and dedication against others. Whether it’s a studio Mini-Match or a regional event or the […]

It’s No Coincidence That Football Players Have Such Success on DWTS

September 1, 2018

We all love watching “Dancing With the Stars” to see how the celebrities progress and grow as dancers. Especially the athletes. Ever notice how many of those on the show have been football players? Let us just name the ones who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Emmitt Smith (Season 3 champion), Jerry Rice, […]

The Best Ballroom Dance Styles For Beginners

August 15, 2018

Learning to dance provides you with social skills that last a lifetime and allows you to feel at ease in any situation where there is music and dancing. Once you decide that now is the time to learn how to dance, you may wonder which style is best to start with and which style will […]

The Dancer’s Journal: Demystifying the Language of Dance Competitions

August 1, 2018

by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor You’ve told your Fred Astaire Dance Studio Instructor that you feel ready to do your first competition – CONGRATULATIONS!! You have a great conversation with him/her and come up with a plan to dance several heats in your current division, participate in championships and scholarships […]