Ballroom Dances

6 Ballroom Dances Sure To Turn Up the Heat This Winter

January 15, 2018

Dancing is a great way to reignite the flame with your partner and these six styles of dance are sure to keep you warm this winter! Remember, ballroom dancing is a chance to do a little makeover on yourself. Feeling confident makes you feel more desirable, and frankly, how could you not be with these […]

How Well Do You Know Ballroom Dance Trivia?

September 12, 2017

This Ballroom Dance Trivia quiz was originally published in the Summer, 2014 issue of inSTEP Magazine, FADS’ quarterly publication. To order an inSTEP Magazine subscription (4 quarterly issues, mailed to your home or office), email inSTEP@FredAstaire.com. And check back again soon, for a new page featuring electronic editions of past issues! 1. This early form of […]

4 Reasons Why We Love to Salsa

July 1, 2017

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 it’s 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 […]

How To Stay Calm For Dance Competitions

April 17, 2017

We don’t always think about ballroom dance as being competitive, but at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, our students love the regional, national and international Pro-Am and Professional dance competitions we run, as inspiring opportunities to compete, travel and hone their dancing skills in a supportive and exciting environment. These upcoming Fred Astaire Dance Studios […]

History of the Cha Cha

February 28, 2017

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 is dance of three quick steps (Cha-Cha-Cha!) followed by two slower steps. With American Style Cha Cha averaging 30 beats per minute, […]

Why Do You Think You Like To Dance?

October 16, 2016

What is it, exactly, that makes us like to dance? Why does the movement and the expression of dance give us such pleasure? Scientific American magazine offers a number of reasons. Now, here at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, we’d probably say we like to dance because it’s fun, it’s social, it builds confidence and […]

The History of the Foxtrot

September 30, 2016

When we discuss the basics of ballroom dancing, we often fall back on some of its staples – the foxtrot and the waltz. Today we are going to take a quick look at the foxtrot, a smooth, progressive dance characterized by its long, sinuous movements. Named for its creator, vaudeville entertainer Harry Fox, the foxtrot […]

Customized Wedding Dance Programs For Fall Weddings

August 30, 2016

Two of the most popular months for weddings – September and October – are just ahead. You know what weddings mean – some very important dances. There’s the first dance for the bride and groom. The bride and her father. The groom and his mother. And then, of course, the call for all to join […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Wedding Dance Lessons

April 1, 2016

                  As the flowers begin to bloom and warm air is a frequent friend, the start of wedding season is right around the corner! If you are a bride or groom considering professional dance classes to prep for the big day, let us give you a few […]

After Surgery, Rediscovering Dance

January 17, 2014

After two knee surgeries, Bree Kleist searched for a new way to keep moving – and rediscovered her love for dance! “My knees were killing me. I spent 8 years in the Air Force, 4 of them as a heating specialist, kneeling and squatting in front of furnaces and boilers all day long. I spent […]