Category: Dance Info, News & Trends

Weight Loss Through Dance and Diet

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We all know people who work out furiously at the gym without losing much, if any, weight. Some of them rationalize it – if I exercise, I can eat what I want. That’s what they say, even as the weight creeps on a bit at a time and rarely leaves for long. You cannot consume...

Make Room For These Great Events in November!

The best place for dance in Rockland County is your FADS Bardonia studio, and we are putting on quite a show through the month of November. November is such a busy month that we need you to get your calendar out or your smartphone handy to take in all of this information and make plans...

A Few Of Our Favorite Dance Movies!

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,...

Join The Festivities This October!

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October is a festive month at your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bardonia. We’d like to invite all of our students to come out and join us for a couple of great parties. We’re hosting a free open house Champagne Party on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8:30 p.m. This just might be the chance you’ve...

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

It’s party time! We’re getting a little jump on October, and we’re doing it on Friday, Sept. 21, with our “Octoberfest” Studio Party at 8:30 p.m. Don’t be shy about letting your family, friends and co-workers know. You’ve told them about all of the fun you have at the Bardonia studio, and now you can...

Celebrate America’s Birthday At Our American Pride Party!

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We have lots of parties at our Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bardonia, but they are not always birthday parties. However, this one is … in a way. The 4th of July essentially celebrates America’s birthday, and we look pretty good for being 242 years old. So why not party? This day became an official...

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

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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

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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

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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

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...

Kick Off The New Year With a Special Russian Style Party!

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Dance has always had an international flair and flavor. We love that and we honor it at the Rockland Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bardonia. So we are inviting you to a “Russian Style Party” on Friday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. Come and sample a different culture in a fun and inviting atmosphere guaranteed...

Trot Into The Studio This November For Some Fun Events!

The holidays are just around the corner, and you know what that means. Family gatherings. Office parties. Potluck get-togethers. Too many temptations to contemplate. And you know what that means. Instead of letting a couple of holidays pounds creep up on you, be proactive. Get moving. Rev that metabolism with us at the Fred Astaire...

What Do I Need To Know Before I Come For My First Lesson?

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step toward learning new dance steps. You stopped by Fred Astaire Dance Studios, chatted with the manager and an instructor and decided the time is right to learn how to dance, to perk up your social life and to get in better shape (yes, dance does all of those things...

Three Ways Dance Lessons Are Better Than A Gym Membership

Here come the holidays. And here come the parties, the snacks, the beverages, the little overindulgences that make clothing a bit too tight for comfort. Hey, we like to look good in our smart outfits. Even a couple of pounds can cause distress. We know how easy it is to add a few and how...

Don’t Miss Our Halloween Party!

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Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, with trick or treat and grinning jack-o-lanterns on the front porch. The weather is cool, fall is in full swing, and that puts us in the mood for a great, big party. So we’re having one! On Friday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 p.m., we will stage our Halloween...

Do’s and Don’t of Social Dancing

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Dancing is a staple of many social activities conducted in public – weddings, social and business parties, dinner dates – and as such, is subject to the usual social conventions. Grace and charm are part of dance (and part of the fun!), and your personality is as well. Ballroom dancing can be active and passionate...

Why Should I Take Ballroom Dance Lessons?

Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios offer so many different forms of ballroom dance instruction, themed parties, outings and competitions that we could fill up your entire social calendar. And we are happy to do so. Still, some people hesitate. Should I take dance lessons? What’s going to be so great about it for me? The...

How Well Do You Know Ballroom Dance Trivia?

Test your knowledge and see how much you know about ballroom dance trivia, with this super-fun quiz, originally published on Discovery.com. 1. This early form of ballroom dominated the dance scene from the 17th century to the 19th century. A. Minuet B. Waltz C. Reel 2. Which 3/4 count ballroom dance style represented a transition...

Getting Back Into the Swing Of Things

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Autumn beckons. Summer is near an end. As Labor Day approaches, we want to remind you what makes September a great time for you to come back to your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio (or make your initial visit). The kids are back in school, work schedules return to the norm and we’ll be planning...

4 Reasons Why We Love to Salsa

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It’s summer, and summer brings the heat. The same goes for one of our favorite dances – salsa. It’s hot, hot, hot. Salsa continues to grow in popularity because of its fast pace and the lively music that accompanies this Caribbean-based dance. Latin dances build to a crescendo, creating tension and release. That makes salsa a...

We Aren’t The Only Ones Who Believe Dance Relieves Stress…

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We live in stressful times. Traffic, workloads, the endless bombardment digitally of news, advertising and social media can lead to feeling as if we are already behind in our “keep up” world before our day even begins. How do we blow off this stress? The unhealthy ways are eating too much, drinking too much or...

5 Reasons Why You Should Take West Coast Swing Dance Lessons

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West Coast Swing (or Western Swing) quickly gained popularity across the U.S. because of its refined style and easy adaptation to contemporary rock music. A regional style popular on the West Coast of the U.S., the dance made a bid for national recognition in the late 50s and continues to grow in popularity well into the...

Start Dancing With These 4 Questions

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Have  you thought of taking dance lessons, but never actually took the plunge? Ballroom dance instruction, whether in private lessons or group classes, provides many benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Dance is not only a wonderful social and creative outlet, but one that can provide a very satisfying workout. Before you sign up for classes,...

Moldavian Style Practice Party Coming Up!

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How would you like to hear a little something about an exotic place while also learning some dance steps? Join us for our Moldavian Style Party on Friday, April 21, from 8:30-10 p.m. at the Bardonia studio. This will be a fun cultural experience mixed with dance. We will talk about Moldova and we’ll teach...

Facts About Fred

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To watch Fred Astaire dance on film – even today – is to marvel at his grace, skill and athleticism. What many don’t know is the extent to which this virtuoso practiced, worked on… and worried about his craft.  Astaire’s brilliance speaks of a confident character without a care. But Fred Astaire, namesake and co-founder of...

History of the Cha Cha

Once upon a time, it was known as the Cha-Cha-Cha. Somewhere along the way, it lost a Cha. Now it’s just the Cha Cha, but it has lost none of its appeal! This dance is characterized by three quick steps (Cha-Cha-Cha!) followed by two slower steps. With American Style Cha Cha averaging 30 beats per minute,...

How to Get the Most out of our Ballroom Dance Lessons

We love dance because it is joyous and expressive, and we hope you do as well. Some people find their passion in the precision of steps, others in the emotional and physical components of dance, still more in finding another mode of self-expression. Sadly, some people dance and do not get the full measure of...

Tips For Choosing a Ballroom Dance Studio

For many, social partner dancing is a way to enjoy ourselves and get the most out of life.  It helps reduce the stresses of everyday life for a few hours and provides entertainment. Dancing is also a healthy activity to do with a loved one or a friend. Whether you’re interested in taking dance lessons...

How Dance Relieves Stress & Loneliness During the Holidays

Many of our students tell us that they think of their Fred Astaire Dance Studio as a home-away-from-home, and a family. These are people with a common interest – a love of dance – who also discovered a genuine fondness for each other, a wonderful outlet for their creativity, and a sense of accomplishment as...

Why Do You Think You Like To Dance?

We know that ballroom dance is beneficial physically, mentally and socially. But what is it, exactly, that makes us like to dance? Beyond the tangible physical, mental and social benefits, why does the movement and the expression of dance give us such pleasure? Now, here at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we’d probably say we like...

The History of the Foxtrot

When we discuss the basics of ballroom dancing, we often fall back on two of its staple styles – the foxtrot and the waltz. Today we are going to take a closer look at the foxtrot – a smooth, progressive dance characterized by its slow step, and long, sinuous movements.  Named for its creator, vaudeville...

Love Is In The Air Showcase; Get Your Tickets Now!

Excitement continues to build for our Pro-Am Showcase on Sunday, October 9th. There’s something for everyone – spectators included – at this terrific event presented by the students and professionals at Fred Astaire of Bardonia. The fun begins at 2 p.m at the West Gate Inn in Nyack. The Showcase theme this year is “Love...

Studio Events During August: Save the Dates!

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Busy, busy, busy. That’s August at your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bardonia. We start off with the Fred Astaire Regional Competition (the NY/NJ Dancesport Championships) from Thursday, Aug. 11 until Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Westin Hotel in Jersey City. We’ve got an open house on Thursday, Aug. 18, in the studio beginning at...

Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter

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We at Fred Astaire Dance Studios love to share information about the benefits of dance – socializing, building confidence, learning a new pastime, getting in better shape – and so many more, including… guess what? Dancing makes you smarter! In an article called Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, Richard Powers, who leads...

The Emotional Benefits To Dancing

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We all have a basic need for acceptance, friendships, a social circle. And one of the best ways of building this type of support system and network is through the activity of dance. At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we work very hard to provide exactly this type of atmosphere, and offer many ways for people...

4 Stretching Tips to Avoid Injury and Help Flexibility

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We’re always happy when our students come into our Fred Astaire Dance Studio, ready and eager to take part in their favorite dance class. Today, we have a little tip for all of our students, whether long-time dancers or those just starting out: Try to arrive a few minutes early and maybe plan to stay...

Trophy Ball Is Here!

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Get out your phone, grab your calendar, and mark down Sunday, June 12. It’s time for the Trophy Ball. We’re planning quite an evening as we honor all of the Fred Astaire of Bardonia students who have checked out and achieved level-passing status in their dance programs this year. As befits a Trophy Ball, those students...

Foot Care Tips to Keep You on Your Toes

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“Dancing Feet” is one of the best-loved songs from the famed musical, “42nd Street.” So, how are you taking care of your dancing feet – or are you, at all? Whether you like to waltz or cha-cha or cross the dance floor in a glorious tango, your feet are the principal carriers of the rest of...

The Overall Benefits of Dance

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We get it. We’ve been there. You’re stressed, a little frazzled, and you want to be in better shape. But you’re not really the type with a hobby to take your mind off daily issues, and you’re not a gym rat or interested in team sports. What to do? Hey, you’ve already found our Dance...

Fred Astaire and Hermes Pan: A Collaboration That Changed 20th Century Dance Choreography

The legendary dance talents of Fred Astaire were surely influenced, even enhanced, by the many dance partners, collaborators and choreographers he worked with during his iconic career. This blog post tips a hat to Hermes Pan… dancer, choreographer, collaborator and good friend of Fred Astaire for over 60 years. Born on December 10, 1909 in...

A Review of Good Ballroom Dance Technique

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...

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: November Birthdays

Fred Astaire’s iconic talents as a professional dancer wouldn’t have been possible if not for his numerous & talented dance partners. Ginger Rogers may have been the most well-known, but our co-founder and namesake was fortunate to have had the opportunity to star with numerous dancers on both stage and screen. This post celebrates two dancing...

Sizzling Salsa Lessons at our Bardonia Dance Studio

Salsa is a popular style of Hispanic dance that has gained popularity due to its sensual style and upbeat music. The salsa draws inspiration from numerous countries and cultures, including Cuba, Africa, and Latin America. Although primarily a partnered dance, the salsa also gives each individual the opportunity to “shine” during solo breaks, making it...

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: October Birthdays

Beyond his own talent, Fred Astaire’s success as a professional dancer wouldn’t have been possible if not for his numerous, talented dance partners. Our co-founder and namesake was fortunate to have starred with numerous dancers, on both stage and screen. This post celebrates three of his dancing co-stars with October birthdays: Claire Luce, Rita Hayworth...

Dancing With Our Stars

Fred Astaire of Bardonia is very active in training students selected by charity organizations in the community that are planning to hold fundraisers modeled after the popular ABC-TV dance program, Dancing With The Stars. Please join us on Sunday night, Oct. 4, at the Colonial Inn in Norwood, N.J., for Dancing With Our Stars. The...

New Teacher Welcome Party!

Please join us on Friday, Sept. 25, for a special New Teacher Welcome Party at the studio. We’re pleased to introduce Slavik Avramoglo as our newest instructor.  He arrived in the United States from Moldova about a month ago and has joined the staff at FADS Bardonia. Slavik is a very high level pro with...

Why Ballroom Dancing Is Cool Again

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Check out this great article posted on ABC News! Ballroom dancing no longer means stepping on someone’s toes at your cousin’s wedding. What was once considered stodgy has become sleek, sexy — even cool. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” originally a summer series, became a surprise blockbuster –19 million viewers tuned in last week. All...

American Independence Party!

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It’s never too late to celebrate the good old USA and that’s what we’re going to do on Friday night, July 10 beginning at 8:30 p.m. We are having our American Independence Party! Break out your red, white and blue finery and enjoy our festive scenery, with flags and other patriotic decorations. It’s like the...

Beyond Dancing: the Debonair Fred Astaire

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The name of the beloved Fred Astaire is instantly recognized throughout the world. But were there aspects of Fred Astaire, besides his professional dancing and acting career, that no camera ever revealed? Upon Astaire’s death from pneumonia at age 88, New York Times dance critic, Anna Kisselgoff, said: “The magnitude of his achievement is as great a social phenomenon as it is...

Retro Party: Be There or be Square!

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We’ll be playing the soundtracks of your life on Friday night at our Retro Party and you can relive some of the greatest times you ever had while building new memories. Our Retro Party will feature music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Tell us what you want to hear and we’ll play it. R&B?...

Benefits of Taking Wedding Dance Lessons

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As spring approaches, there should be a spring in your step. Wedding season approaches, and brings with it receptions, music and dance. If you are a bride-to-be (and especially if you are a groom-to-be), dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Bardonia, New York might be as important as choosing the right caterer. As...

Fred Facts Quiz – How Serious a Fred Astaire Fan are You?

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Do you consider yourself a true fan of Fred Astaire? Take the challenge and quiz yourself on some “Fred Facts”, then check your score below to see what kind of “Fred Fan” you really are! 1. Where was Fred Astaire born? A. Hamburg, Germany B. Linz, Austria C. Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A 2. What was Fred...

9 Benefits You Can Experience Once You Start Dancing

Whether you flaunt your every move on the dance floor or sway to your favorite songs in the car, dance is an activity that everybody enjoys, in one way or another. Luckily, dancing is something that will not only bring a smile to your face, but can also help improve your physical and mental health....

Barrie Chase: She Danced With a Legend

Saturday evening at the FAWC (Fred Astaire World Championships) 2014 Dance Competition in Las Vegas, the suspense rose as our (now, former) President/CEO, Jack Rothweiler, began introducing his surprise guest to the audience. He mentioned the Fred Astaire TV Specials, talked of his first meeting with this guest and their conversation of four-plus hours. Still,...

Popular Dance Movies Quiz – How Much Do YOU Know?

Dance films started out as rather classy productions, with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly dancing in top hats, tails & spats… and often, with a lovely & talented leading lady. In later years, dance movies got downright racy as they were taken to the streets. Let’s see how much you know about some very popular...