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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 […]

The Overall Benefits of Dance

April 15, 2016

You’re stressed, a little frazzled, and you want to be in better shape. But you’re not really the type that has a hobby to take your mind off daily issues and you’re not a gym rat or interested in sports. What to do? Hey, you’ve already come to the right place. Check out Fred Astaire Dance […]

Fred Astaire and Hermes Pan: A Collaboration That Changed 20th Century Dance Choreography

December 15, 2015

The legendary dance talents of Fred Astaire were surely influenced, even enhanced, by the many dance partners, collaborators and choreographers he worked with during his iconic career. This blog post tips a hat to Hermes Pan… dancer, choreographer, collaborator and good friend of Fred Astaire for over 60 years. Born on December 10, 1909 in […]

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: November Birthdays

November 12, 2015

Fred Astaire’s iconic talents as a professional dancer wouldn’t have been possible if not for his numerous & talented dance partners. Ginger Rogers may have been the most well-known, but our co-founder and namesake was fortunate to have had the opportunity to star with numerous dancers on both stage and screen. This post celebrates two dancing […]

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: October Birthdays

October 17, 2015

Beyond his own talent, Fred Astaire’s success as a professional dancer wouldn’t have been possible if not for his numerous, talented dance partners. Our co-founder and namesake was fortunate to have starred with numerous dancers, on both stage and screen. This post celebrates three of his dancing co-stars with October birthdays: Claire Luce, Rita Hayworth […]

Beyond Dancing: the Debonair Fred Astaire

May 25, 2015

The name of the beloved Fred Astaire is instantly recognized throughout the world. But were there aspects of Fred Astaire, besides his professional dancing and acting career, that no camera ever revealed? Upon Astaire’s death from pneumonia at age 88, New York Times dance critic, Anna Kisselgoff, said: “The magnitude of his achievement is as great a social phenomenon as it is […]

Fred Facts Quiz – How Serious a Fred Astaire Fan are You?

March 22, 2015

Do you consider yourself a true fan of Fred Astaire? Quiz yourself on some “Fred Facts”, then check your score below to see what kind of “Fred Fan” you really are! 1. Where was Fred Astaire born? A. Hamburg, Germany B. Linz, Austria C. Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A 2. What was Fred Astaire’s name at birth? […]

9 Benefits You Can Experience Once You Start Dancing

November 18, 2014

  Whether you flaunt your every move on the dance floor or sway to your favorite songs in the car, dance is an activity that everybody enjoys, in one way or another. Luckily, dancing is something that will not only bring a smile to your face but can help improve your physical and mental health. […]

Barrie Chase: She Danced With a Legend

October 19, 2014

Saturday evening at FAWC (Fred Astaire World Championships) 2014 Dance Competition in Las Vegas, the suspense rose as our President/CEO, Jack Rothweiler, began introducing his guest to the audience. He mentioned the Fred Astaire TV Specials, talked of his first meeting with this guest and their conversation of 4-plus hours. Still, he gave no name. […]

Popular Dance Movies Quiz – How Much Do YOU Know?

February 16, 2014

Dance films started out as rather classy affairs, with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly dancing around in top hats, tails taps… and often, a lovely & talented leading lady. In later years, dance movies got downright racy when they were taken to the streets. Let’s see how much you know about some popular dance films!  […]