Fred Astaire & FADS History

Studio Ownership – A Means To Stepping Lively Through Life And Business

November 23, 2017

Get to know the owner of a Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, and you will find a person happy at the intersection of passion and ambition. For some, dance is more than just a pastime. It’s a mission. Spreading joy through dance becomes their life’s work as a franchise owner connected with Fred Astaire Dance […]

Why The Fred Astaire Dance Curriculum Is Better

September 1, 2017

You always know where you stand when you join Fred Astaire Dance Studios for ballroom dance instruction (and we don’t just mean on the dance floor). Fred Astaire Dance Studios (FADS) offers a superior and structured curriculum that allows those new to dance to follow a carefully-crafted program that moves them through various levels as […]

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 […]

An Open Letter to Prospective Owners of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio

February 18, 2016

By Jack Rothweiler, FADS President Over the years, I’ve been asked by many people why I’ve stayed in the dance business for such a long time. When anyone’s asked this question, it’s usually because they were under the impression that people are only Dance Teachers part-time, or that they’re just waiting for a better job […]

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 […]

A Letter to the President

October 29, 2015

Dear Mr. Rothweiler, My wife and I recently did our first spotlight dance.  Never in thirty years of marriage did we ever think we could dance, let alone be confident and proficient enough to do so for an audience.  It was truly a benchmark moment in our lives. My wife and I have always been […]

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 […]

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. […]