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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

5 Reasons Couples Should Take Ballroom Dance Lessons

February 9, 2018

The closer you are, the closer you get. The closer you get, the closer you are. When couples take dance lessons together, they create a tighter bond, a better relationship and enjoy a more intimate physical relationship. The dance lesson – and, for that matter, any time the couple takes to the dance floor together […]

Singles: Your Online Dating Profile is Live? Read our Tips for What’s Next!

February 2, 2018

Greetings, Dance Fans! Our last blog about the online dating scene was focused on “putting your best foot forward”, and creating your best online dating profile. Now that your online dating profile is live and generating potential matches, let’s move on to responding to those inquiries and going on an actual date! Congratulations! You took […]

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 […]

Dance Into The New Year With Fred Astaire Dance Studios!

January 3, 2018

We all look forward to the New Year as a time for a fresh start, a change of habits, a clean slate. We make resolutions. Oh, brother. We make resolutions. Usually they involve losing weight, getting in better shape, doing something for our health and mental outlook. Your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio is the […]

Fun and Practical Gift Ideas for Dancers

December 15, 2017

Holiday gift giving provides a special enjoyment for both the giver and receiver. Choosing something that can be well-used and appreciated by the recipient leaves us cheerful; being on the receiving end of gifts we can cherish warms our hearts. For Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio students, options are many when considering holiday gifts for […]