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Local Studio Stories

Evolution of a Business

May 22, 2018

When Lada and I opened Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Michigan more than 12 years ago, we were hands-on with the day-to-day activities. She devoted her energy to teaching and to leading the teachers, and I helped the studio run every day. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the business has grown. The best business […]

Lucky 13

March 19, 2018

We’ve been in business 13 years and counting! A few weeks into 2018, we were already 30% over our revenues from 2017, and last year, we grew more than I could have anticipated. It’s crazy to be in a business year after year that continues to grow like crazy. And it’s crazy to be in […]

Career Opportunities

March 5, 2018

Ever thought of building a career in ballroom dance? There’s no time like the present. As we grow beyond our walls, we’ll offer lots of career opportunities to interested folks wanting to be studio owners. Teachers sometimes want to take their careers to the next level and become a studio owner. Other people just see […]

2017 Was a Great Year

January 22, 2018

  The results are in for 2017, and the results are good. We grew by 23%, which surpassed our goal, again, for the third year in a row. Yay us! Yay everyone who helped us get there. Students, teachers, staff. All the media outlets who told our stories. All the support staff on every level […]

What Makes Us a Top Studio?

December 11, 2017

Since we recently received our second consecutive Top Studio-Runner Up award at the Fred Astaire National Dance Championships, meaning we are the second best studio in the nation, we thought it might be interesting to understand what, exactly, makes us a top studio. It’s pretty simple. It’s the quality of our teachers and the competitiveness […]

The Power of The Network

October 23, 2017

Every week, I attend an early morning Business Network International (BNI) meeting in Birmingham, where I chat with eager business owners and entrepreneurs, and we exchange referrals and cards and recommendations. It’s a group of 50-some members, arising early to network and spread the word about their work. And while it’s not in my nature […]

Changes & Opportunities

October 16, 2017

Recently, Fred Astaire underwent a leadership shift at the national level, as our CEO sold his stock and four owners took over – Stephen Knight, John Gates, Bruno Collins and Luann Pullam. Changes at the top trickle down to changes at the regional and studio level, too. Here in Michigan, after 11 years of being […]

Givers Gain

July 24, 2017

Over the last year, I’ve been dedicated to my networking group for so many reasons, not the least of which is a mantra they taught me that really rings true. Givers Gain. Like Dale Carnegie said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two […]

Cause Marketing

August 1, 2016

Recently, we were at Channel 7 WXYZ, with Molly MacDonald, founder and leader of The Pink Fund, representing Dancing with the Survivors, a collaboration we have been proud to be part of for some time now. We taped a segment about this partnership, and the cause we come together to support. People keep asking for […]

A Day in the Life of the Ballroom Business

March 30, 2015

I’ve owned Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s only Michigan outlet for 10 years now, and it never gets boring, never feels tired. I love what I do. Own a ballroom dance studio is a happy business, and it’s ever-changing, always engaging. As a serial entrepreneur, I can honestly say, this is absolutely the most interesting business […]

National Blog Posts

Burning Calories & Feeling Happier With Dance; Just How Much of a Workout Is Ballroom Dancing?

May 1, 2018

“Burn, baby, burn, it’s a disco inferno.” Ah, we remember those lyrics from disco’s heyday. And while disco isn’t the hot, hot, hot thing of the past, all manner of line dances and high-energy dances have taken its place. Dance is, of course, a wonderful form of personal expression and also one that can involve […]

Dance: Something This Mother and Daughter Have in Common

April 22, 2018

Sari Gold and her daughter Emily walked into FADS Manhasset, NY at different times, for different reasons. But there’s one aspect of dance they agree on – that it’s enhancing their relationship, by giving them something to share, together. At Bellagio Las Vegas during FAWC 2017, Sari and Emily Gold, joined by their Instructor, Eugene Yeremenko, sat […]

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 […]

The Dancer’s Journal: That Old Feeling

April 8, 2018

by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor Racing heartbeat, trembling knees, sweaty palms… you’re not in love, but about to step out onto the competition dance floor! These 10 tips will help you push through your dance competition nerves and help you enjoy the journey. There’s that feeling again.  It starts as soon as you […]

First, She Said YES To the Dress…

April 7, 2018

When her husband, Mike, began getting serious about his dance lessons, Joan Treacy didn’t quite follow suit… until a dress, and the FADS Coral Gables FL family, changed her mind! Mike Treacy started ballroom lessons at a competing dance studio when he & his wife, Joan, moved to Miami ten years ago. Says Mike, “I […]