Dance Competitions

The Benefits of Unleashing Your Competitive Side

October 1, 2018

We love many things about dance. The beauty. The elegance. The teamwork with a trusted partner. The competition. Wait. What? Yes, the competition. As our dancers progress through the Fred Astaire Trophy System, they often wish to test their skills and dedication against others. Whether it’s a studio Mini-Match or a regional event or the […]

The Dancer’s Journal: Demystifying the Language of Dance Competitions

August 1, 2018

by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor You’ve told your Fred Astaire Dance Studio Instructor that you feel ready to do your first competition – CONGRATULATIONS!! You have a great conversation with him/her and come up with a plan to dance several heats in your current division, participate in championships and scholarships […]

An In-Depth Guide: Preparing Your Body For a Dance Competition

June 15, 2018

Fred Astaire Franchised Studios across the globe participate in many regional and national competitions throughout the year. In order to feel fully prepared for a dance competition, you want to make sure you are treating your body right for the few weeks leading up to the competition so you are able to handle the demands […]

Dance: Something This Mother and Daughter Have in Common

April 22, 2018

Sari Gold and her daughter Emily walked into FADS Manhasset, NY at different times, for different reasons. But there’s one aspect of dance they agree on – that it’s enhancing their relationship, by giving them something to share, together. At Bellagio Las Vegas during FAWC 2017, Sari and Emily Gold, joined by their Instructor, Eugene Yeremenko, sat […]

The Dancer’s Journal: That Old Feeling

April 8, 2018

by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor Racing heartbeat, trembling knees, sweaty palms… you’re not in love, but about to step out onto the competition dance floor! These 10 tips will help you push through your dance competition nerves and help you enjoy the journey. There’s that feeling again.  It starts as soon as you […]

First, She Said YES To the Dress…

April 7, 2018

When her husband, Mike, began getting serious about his dance lessons, Joan Treacy didn’t quite follow suit… until a dress, and the FADS Coral Gables FL family, changed her mind! Mike Treacy started ballroom lessons at a competing dance studio when he & his wife, Joan, moved to Miami ten years ago. Says Mike, “I […]

Four Essential Things, to Be a Great Ballroom Dance Competitor

March 6, 2018

by Stephen Knight, FADS National Dance Director As I think ahead to our Cross Country Dance Championships in Houston next month (Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ first national dance competition of 2018), I am reminded of last fall’s National Dance Championships (NDC), in Orlando. One of the thoughts I had over & over during that competition […]

Doctor’s Orders: On Dance, Competing and Empathy

February 19, 2018

In addition to enriching her own life, dancing has helped FADS Pensacola, FL Student Dr. Leslie Barnes Remski, an Orthopedic Surgeon, empathize with her patients who have sustained injuries.  Dr. Leslie Barnes Remski had always been interested in dance, but never had the chance to train. When she moved to Pensacola, FL she made the […]

One Student, Two Competitions – Two VERY Different Wins In a Single Year!

January 3, 2018

To celebrate our 70th anniversary in 2017, Fred Astaire Dance Studios sponsored a Facebook contest, with a Grand Prize of a trip for two to our 2017 National Dance Championships in Orlando FL. Meet the Grand Prize winner: FADS Youngstown OH Student, Edward A. Ennett! Ed started dancing at FADS Youngstown, OH in November 2016 […]

A Tiny, and Talented Competitive Ballroom Dancer!

December 29, 2017

FADS Miami Beach, FL Student, Sasha, sat down with her parents and inSTEP at the 2017 Fred Astaire World Championships in Las Vegas, to tell us why she loves dancing. Eight year-old Sasha truly enjoys competition. She takes dance lessons at the FADS Miami Beach studio “because I saw the trophies in the studio and I really […]