Ballroom Dances

A Simple Guide to the 10 Traditional Dances of Ballroom Dance

April 16, 2018

If you are interested in dance, but don’t know where to begin, then there’s only one place to start: beginner dance classes at one of our Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Learning the most widely known dances can make you a star in any social gathering and bring some culture to your life at the […]

How To Tell The Difference Between Popular Types Of Latin Dances

March 15, 2018

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 South […]

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

March 1, 2018

Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn. They come to our parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there. There’s no reason not to build your […]

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 […]

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 […]