Nutrition & Health

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Ballroom Dancing Can Help Your Communication

November 9, 2016

“Communication is, above all, a skill — and very few people know how to communicate effectively, naturally. It takes thoughtfulness and a lot of practice.” – Carl Alasko, PhD Author of Say This Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Effective Intrapersonal Communication. In the age of information, we have become desensitized by our iPhones and […]

5 Tips to Keep Dancing Healthy and Fun!

August 24, 2016

Dancing can be easy and relaxing or it can be vigorous and exciting. Some people prefer one style over another and some folks like a good mix of different dance types. Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Belmont wants to make sure you take good care of your body as you learn to dance and […]

Move Your Body, Build Your Brain

June 23, 2016

You know us. We’ll do anything to get you dancing and we’ve often spoken of the many benefits of dance – better physical conditioning, better balance, a happier social life and the sense of community and family you get at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Well, we want to let you in on a little […]

A Little Cha Cha May Help Your Heart

May 31, 2016

Latin dancing may add up to more than a fun night out. Two sessions a week appear to offer heart health benefits to older adults. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago presented their findings from a community-based study at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions on Friday. For their study, they […]

The Physical and Cognitive Benefits of Dancing

Anyone who has seen one of Rafi Eldor’s dance performances was inevitably impressed by the effort dancing requires. While the dancers often seem as if they are floating around the dance-floor, it is evident that in order to execute their moves they have to keep perfect balance, and exercise coordination and muscle strength. As such, […]

6 Things to Focus On for Perfect Balance

May 21, 2016 DanceSport With poor balance, relatively simple moves can seem challenging. With great balance, executing even complex choreography is much easier. These are 6 things to focus on for perfect balance. Balance is absolutely critical in dancing. In ballroom and other partner dances, it is particularly critical given the impact of one partner’s balance on […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Three Ways Dance Lessons Are Better Than A Gym Membership

October 15, 2017

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 […]