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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, […]

Tips For Choosing a Ballroom Dance Studio

December 26, 2016

For many, dancing is a way to enjoy life.  It helps get rid of the stresses of everyday life for a few hours and provides entertainment. Dancing is also a healthy activity to do with a loved one or a friend. Whether you’re interested in attending dance lessons for fun or you’re considering competing, there […]

How Dance Relieves Stress & Loneliness During the Holidays

December 11, 2016

Many of our students tell us that they think of their local Fred Astaire Dance Studio as a home away from home, and a family. Here are people with common interests, a love of dance and a genuine fondness for each other who have found a wonderful outlet for their creativity, and a sense of […]

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 […]

Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter

July 26, 2016

We at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios always talk about the benefits of dance – socializing, building confidence, learning a new pastime, getting in better shape. Guess what? Dancing makes you smarter. In an article called Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, Richard Powers, who leads Stanford University’s dance department, came up […]

The Emotional Benefits To Dancing

June 27, 2016

We all have a basic need for acceptance, friendships, a social circle. And one of the best ways of building this type of support system and network is through dance. Your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio works very hard to provide exactly this type of atmosphere and offers many ways for people to find new […]

4 Stretching Tips to Avoid Injury and Help Flexibility

June 6, 2016

We’re always happy when our students rush into the studio, ready to take part in their favorite dance class. And we have a little tip for you: Try to arrive a few minutes early and maybe plan to stay a few minutes longer. Why? Warmup and cool-down. Stretching. Starting and finishing your dance session in […]

Foot Care Tips to Keep You on Your Toes

May 20, 2016

“Dancing Feet” is one of the best-loved songs from the musical “42nd Street.” How are you taking care of your dancing feet? Whether you like to waltz or cha-cha or cross the dance floor in a glorious tango, your feet are the principal carriers of the rest of your body. And they don’t mind a […]