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Empty Nest? We’ve Got You Covered!

October 18, 2017

Do you have an empty nest? Ballroom dancing can be a great way to stay active and bring families together. Your child’s first semester at college can be a stressful time for many parents. Empty Nest Syndrome (YES, that’s actually a thing, and you are not alone). Can be a debilitating period of grief and […]

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. […]

Gettin’ Hot and Steamy with the Tango

May 25, 2017

There is no question that Tango dancing is a pretty sexy ballroom dance to learn. Spinning and dipping and whisking your partner off her feet sounds pretty hot to me! So what does it look like to start learning a dance like the Tango? And can anyone just walk in off the street and start […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Ballroom Dancing: A Resolution You Can Stick With

January 9, 2017

So many New Years come and go. So many times we make a resolution to get in shape, eat healthier or enjoy life more. Usually about 2 weeks into January, life starts to get real and our heart felt passionate resolution gets put on the back burner for reality. Is there any superhuman who can […]

Enough With The Stuff!

December 7, 2016

When you need to find the perfect gift and a toaster oven just won’t do. With the best intentions we’ve all been on the giving or receiving end of a really bad gift. This year, let’s think outside the box. A gift of dance lessons at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a great […]

Comp Hair and Makeup Tutorials

November 9, 2016

With comp just around the corner, the questions about what to do with your hair or makeup start to come up. Any of you ladies still wondering what to do, Look no further. I’ve put together some basic hair and makeup tutorials that you can do yourself. If this is your first competition, you may […]

National Blog Posts

Beat the Winter Blues on the Dance Floor

January 15, 2019

Feeling sad? No energy? Down and out? It’s called the winter blues, and you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), caused by low levels of light during the cold, winter months. Research has shown exercise can help, and dancing may be one of the best forms of exercise. Besides, what’s […]

Kick off the New Year on the Right Foot

January 1, 2019

Shortly after the guilt of a gluttonous December sets in, we’re all ready to hit the “restart” button on our health. However. did you know that an estimated 80 percent of the New Year’s resolutions crowd drops their gym membership by the second week of February?* That’s why more and more people are getting their fitness […]

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 […]

Burning Calories & Feeling Happier With Dance; Just How Much of a Workout Is Ballroom Dancing?

May 1, 2018

“Burn, baby, burn, it’s a disco inferno.” Ah, we remember those lyrics from disco’s heyday. And while disco isn’t the hot, hot, hot thing of the past, all manner of line dances and high-energy dances have taken its place. Dance is, of course, a wonderful form of personal expression and also one that can involve a […]

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

March 1, 2018

Fred Astaire Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn – and have fun along the way. They come to our partice parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there, and […]