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Date Night

October 12, 2017

Going out for a date night? Get off your phones and on the floor! A dance date night could be just what every couple needs. We’ve all read the articles about how our phones are going to take over our bodies, give us cancer and replace our social life. SO we’ve put together a great […]

Learning to Dance in the Rain

July 28, 2017

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!”  – Vivian Greene At some time or another every ballroom dancer gets stuck in a dance rut. In my experience this happens right before a big break through. The road is the hardest right at the peak. […]

Top 10 Fred Astaire Dance Scenes!

June 16, 2017

Fred Astaire was a legendary dancer and when he paired with Hollywood’s leading ladies, he made silver screen history. Fred Astaire has danced with and inspired some huge names in show business, Judy Garland, Ginger Rodgers, Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth even Michael Jackson was inspired by the late great dancer. On top of that The […]

Dance Your Way to a Beach Bod! How Many Calories Are You Burning?

May 5, 2017

How Many Calories Are You Burning While Dancing? Ballroom Dance vs. Barre, Yoga and Running So let’s see how different fitness routines measure up. We’ve taken a look at some popular fitness fads and compared them to the fun, difficulty and overall calories burned. Take a closer look and you might be hitting the dance […]

Behind The Dance With Stephen Knight

April 4, 2017

Stephen Knight is one of the most well known names in the ballroom dance industry. And for good reason, he’s super talented and creative, his list of accomplishments never seems to end and to top it all off he’s the sparkling personality of the winners circle at the nationals competitions. His many accomplishments include Regional […]

How to Be a Better Leader in 5 Simple Steps

March 17, 2017

Listen to your partner. That means the good and the bad. So often new dancers go into critique overload and overlook everything they’re doing right. Yes, you should listen if your partner says you’re knocking her off her balance or stepping on her toes. But you should also make a mental note of the things […]

5 Benefits of Ballroom Dancing You Probably Did Not Know!

February 23, 2017

We all know physical activity of any kind is good for your body. Obviously we know dancers have pretty amazing physiques (we have seen dancing with the stars after all.) But do you know that dancing is actually more than just a healthy hobby for your body? We’ve been seeing reports being published almost weekly […]

New England Dancesport Championships 2017

February 14, 2017

Belmont dancers are headed to the New England Dancesport Championships! Thursday March 9th through the 11th at the Mystic Marriott for a Fairy Tales themed weekend of dancing, dining and fun. Local student dancers will be competing with their professional partners in dances like the waltz, rumba, salsa, swing, foxtrot, argentine tango and more. We […]

5 Reasons You NEED to Learn to Ballroom Dance

February 7, 2017

Every adult young or old will inevitably be put in the situation of needing to know how to dance.  Don’t be caught unprepared. There are so many benefits to learning to ballroom dance. But today we’re going to talk about the necessary life events that require at least a working knowledge of how to dance. […]

Wedding Bells are Ringing!! What about the First Dance?

January 9, 2017

With so much to prepare, don’t forget that a first wedding dance is often the most memorable part of a wedding. Just the bride and groom on the floor together. Dancing for the first time as husband and wife. It is a beautiful celebration of the promises that you’ve both just made to one another. […]

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 […]