Ballroom Dances

Local Studio Stories

Para Dance Comes to Michigan

August 13, 2018

In late June, we hosted the first ever North American World Para Dance training, a two-day opportunity for American ballroom dance instructors to learn how to safely and properly coach and train wheelchair users. Participating instructors received certification of completion of the course from the IPC (International Paralympic Committee). In partnership with World Para Dance […]

A Royal Event

July 30, 2018

In May, with all the hubbub about the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we got in on the action. The Detroit Athletic Club hired us to perform and teach dancing during a royal wedding party at their annual mother-daughter brunch. People came out in their fancy clothes and fascinators and we filled […]

Group Lessons & Dance Parties

June 25, 2018

It happens every night.  Six, eight, 10, 12, sometimes even more, students gather in our larger ballroom, ready for a lesson. They wear casual clothes, workout attire, dresses and slacks. Whatever they feel comfortable moving in.  Faces are bright, turned toward the light. Smiles abound. Maybe you recognize someone in the group, and maybe you […]

We Paired Our Favorite First Dance Songs & Styles For Your First Wedding Dance

January 31, 2018

We’ve married our favorite weddings songs with their perfect dance style match. Whether you are dreaming of a traditional wedding or a unique celebration to match your personalities, we’ll help you choose the perfect dance for your first spin around the dance floor. Waltz Been dreaming of that fairy-tale wedding entrance with prince charming leading […]

Just Dance

October 13, 2017

I’ve lost count of how many times someone asks me if they need a partner to come into our studio to dance. The quick answer is: NO. Just come in! Get started. Strap on your dance shoes. Whether you’re single and without a partner, or your partner has no interest in dancing, nothing should stop […]

Your First Steps into a Ballroom Dance Studio

July 11, 2016

  Welcome! You’ve taken the plunge and stepped inside our dance studio. Probably, you’ve been greeted by a smiling face at the front desk, asking “How can we make you smile?” That’s our focus. Making you smile. Making you happy. Making sure your life is infused with joy. That’s what happens here at Fred Astaire […]

Human Touch, Eye Contact & Connection

June 20, 2016

In line at a store, we click away on our smart phones, never looking up to lock eyes with another person. In elevators and hallways, we avoid eye contact. In this digital age, we spend more time staring at screens than into the eyes of a living, breathing human. The impact, say researchers, is potentially […]

You Don’t Need a Partner to Learn to Dance

June 6, 2016

There is a woman among our dance students who started dancing shortly after her husband’s sudden death. Seeking to assuage her grief, she stepped foot in our studio and has never looked back. Now, she competes in dance competitions, partnered with her dedicated dance instructor, and has built a community of friends among the dance […]

Why Couples Dance

May 9, 2016

It’s easy to fall in love when you’re young and unencumbered – by big careers or lots of children. It’s easy to find time for one another. It’s easy to carve out couple-time. But that changes as life marches on. You start missing one another, ships passing, running to obligations like soccer games and parent-teacher […]

Ballroom Dance Brings Widows Together at Fred Astaire Dance Studio

February 2, 2016

Ballroom dance truly can make a difference in someone’s life. Take the story of these four women, all widows, who came to dance and ended up staying for the camaraderie and friendship they found here. When Uda Shallop, Barb Stawick, Patty Levinson and Michelle Allen come together for dance lessons, they do a bit of […]

National Blog Posts

4 Reasons to Love The Tango

July 1, 2018

Ah the Tango. Romantic, passionate, intense, sensual. There are so many reasons to love this Latin dance style. The Tango is one of the most highly stylized ballroom dances we teach. It is dramatic, with measured crossing and flexing steps to the front, the side and the back combined with turns. Of all the dances […]

A Simple Guide to the 10 Traditional Dances of Ballroom Dance

April 16, 2018

If you are interested in dance, but don’t know where to begin, then there’s only one place to start: beginner dance classes at one of our Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Learning the most widely known dances can make you a star in any social gathering and bring some culture to your life at the […]

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 […]

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

March 1, 2018

Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn. They come to our parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there. There’s no reason not to build your […]

6 Ballroom Dances Sure To Turn Up the Heat This Winter

January 15, 2018

Dancing is a great way to reignite the flame with your partner and these six styles of dance are sure to keep you warm this winter! Remember, ballroom dancing is a chance to do a little makeover on yourself. Feeling confident makes you feel more desirable, and frankly, how could you not be with these […]