Dance Info, News & Trends

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 […]

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: January Birthdays

January 23, 2018

Ginger Rogers is likely the dance partner we think of first, but Fred Astaire, our co-founder and namesake, was fortunate to have performed and starred with numerous well-known & talented dancers, on both stage and screen during his career. This blog post highlights the stories of two of Astaire’s esteemed dance partners – George Burns […]

What Do I Need To Know Before I Come For My First Lesson?

November 1, 2017

You’ve taken the first step toward learning the steps … the dance steps. You stopped by your local Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, chatted with the manager and an instructor and decided the time is right to learn how to dance, to perk up your social life and to get in better shape (yes, dance […]

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 […]

Do’s and Don’t of Social Dancing

October 1, 2017

Dancing is a staple of many social activities conducted in public – weddings, social and business parties, dinner dates – and as such, is subject to the usual social conventions. Grace and charm are part of dance (and part of the fun!), and your personality is as well. Ballroom dancing can be active and passionate […]

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 […]

Start Dancing With These 4 Questions

June 15, 2017

Ever thought of taking dance lessons, but never actually took the plunge? Ballroom dance instruction, whether in private lessons or group classes, provides many benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Dance is not only a wonderful social and creative outlet, but one that can provide a very satisfying workout. Before you sign up for classes, take […]

Facts About Fred

March 22, 2017

To watch Fred Astaire dance on film – even today – is to marvel at his grace, skill and athleticism. What many don’t know is the extent to which this virtuoso practiced, worried, and worked on his craft.  Astaire’s brilliance speaks of a confident character without a care. But Fred Astaire, namesake of the chain of […]

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, […]