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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 […]

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 […]

5 Must Know Dances for Every Occasion

March 4, 2017

We’ve all been caught unprepared at some time in our lives. Not knowing how to dance should not be on that list. If learning to dance in general seems like too big a task, we’ve put together a list of the must haves. Going to a wedding, have a work event or dinner date? We’ve […]

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. […]

Tis’ the Season to Celebrate, Let’s Celebrate with DANCE!

December 7, 2016

When we think of celebration what comes to mind is good company, and fun times. Through all of our reasons to celebrate, dancing elevates the mood of the room and our hearts. Whether it’s at a wedding or a New Years party dancing and music can change an atmosphere from awkward to joyous in a […]

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 […]

The Physical and Cognitive Benefits of Dancing

May 31, 2016

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

5 Reasons Ballroom Dancing is the Most Romantic Activity for Couples

February 1, 2019

Valentines Day is right around the corner, which begs the question “what is the most romantic thing couples can do together (besides the obvious)?” Well we have known the answer to that question for a long time; Ballroom Dancing of course! It will bring you closer. Ballroom dancing requires two people to perform, and you’re […]

5 Reasons Couples Should Take Ballroom Dance Lessons

February 9, 2018

The closer you are, the closer you get. The closer you get, the closer you are. When couples take dance lessons together, they create a tighter bond, a better relationship and enjoy a more intimate physical relationship. The dance lesson – and, for that matter, any time the couple takes to the dance floor together […]

Retiring? Here Are 5 Fun Hobbies To Keep You Vibrant

August 1, 2017

Many people make elaborate plans in preparation for retirement. As of 2018, according to, four million people retire in the U.S. every year. Their finances are in order and their medical plans are in place. They’ve planned to retire, but haven’t planned what to do with all of the time that comes with freedom from […]

Get Out of Hibernation with Us

March 10, 2017

It’s the same old story. When the weather’s colder, we don bulky sweaters, crave comfort food & don’t get outside to exercise as often. A pound here, a pound there, and pretty soon it adds up. And sticks out. And just doesn’t look or feel real good when we try on the old swimsuit in […]

Don’t Give Up On Your New Year’s Resolution!

February 9, 2017

It’s been a month and the party’s over. Actually, all of the parties are over. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s. All done. And they may have left behind a bit of a mess for you to clean up, right around your waist line. A cookie here, some eggnog there, a few holidays treats in between, […]