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Trust and Optimism

October 29, 2018

This is what I believe in. I just trust that things are going to work out. Yeah, I’m going to be smart about what we do and work hard to make sure it does, but I am optimistic that everything will work out in the end. That’s why I’m confident about Lada and I becoming […]

Professional Development the FADS Way

October 8, 2018

We’re known for taking our instructors on trips to reward them for hard work, meeting goals, and growing the business. After all, we’re all in this together. But this year, we’re taking a different approach. We are taking many of our teachers to the Fred Astaire National Convention in September in Washington, D.C. as a […]

Helping Studios Succeed

October 1, 2018

I am so excited to become the Area Developer for Fred Astaire in Michigan. This means I get to help dance studios succeed. I am literally bursting with excitement at the thought of helping more studios flourish in Michigan. Too often, dance instructors become studio owners without truly knowing how to run a business. You […]

Fred Astaire Opens New Studio in West Bloomfield

September 17, 2018

After 11 years owning the largest ballroom dance studio in the state, we are opening a second studio in West Bloomfield. The new location is in the Drake Shopping Center at 5526 Drake Road, near Walnut Lake. Aubrey Meade will manage the studio. Aubrey grew up participating in opera and musical theater, touring as a […]

The Dance Business

August 20, 2018

Don’t forget the “business” part of the dance business. This is the dance business, but most people don’t look at it as a business. Studio owners often run a studio for the dance side of things. They might not be mindful or skilled in the business side of running a studio – but it’s essential! […]

The Makings of a Great Dance Instructor

July 23, 2018

One of the most important factors for a great dance instructor is the ability to communicate. Of course, they need to know how to dance and how to teach it, but even more important, a great dance instructor must communicate well with all sorts of people and in all sorts of situations. You might think […]

ISO Dance Instructors

July 16, 2018

Attention job searchers: Fred Astaire Dance Studio is looking for dance instructors. Is this you? Ideal candidates are good dancers at least (maybe great) and great team players. Best candidates communicate well, understand a variety of communication preferences, and are passionate about teaching others to dance. You’re high-energy, happy, love working with people, pay attention […]

The Search for Studio #2

July 9, 2018

It’s been our goal for the last several years to open a second, third, fourth studio. We want to blanket the state of Michigan with the best ballroom around! And we’re happy to announce that come August, we’ll be opening the doors on Fred Astaire Dance Studio #2 in West Bloomfield, Michigan. This has been […]

Evolution of a Business

July 2, 2018

When Lada and I opened Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Michigan 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 owners work ON their business, not IN […]

The Entrepreneurship of Dance

June 18, 2018

Did you ever think of dance as an entrepreneurial endeavor?   I’m not sure even I did way back when I contemplated getting into the business. But it turns out, ballroom dance has exponential potential for entrepreneurship and growth, and I’m thrilled that we’re riding that wave.  The way Fred Astaire has grown in the past is […]

National Blog Posts

The Benefits of Unleashing Your Competitive Side

October 1, 2018

We love many things about dance. The beauty. The elegance. The teamwork with a trusted partner. The competition. Wait. What? Yes, the competition. As our dancers progress through the Fred Astaire Trophy System, they often wish to test their skills and dedication against others. Whether it’s a studio Mini-Match or a regional event or the […]

Dance Spotlight: The Jive!

September 15, 2018

One of the beauties of ballroom dance is that a once-popular style never needs to go away. It can continue in its original form, or it can grow and change and remain a fixture among savvy dancers. Which brings us to jive. Once upon a time, this lively style of dance was known as the […]

It’s No Coincidence That Football Players Have Such Success on DWTS

September 1, 2018

We all love watching “Dancing With the Stars” to see how the celebrities progress and grow as dancers. Especially the athletes. Ever notice how many of those on the show have been football players? Let us just name the ones who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Emmitt Smith (Season 3 champion), Jerry […]

The Best Ballroom Dance Styles For Beginners

August 15, 2018

Learning to dance provides you with social skills that last a lifetime and allows you to feel at ease in any situation where there is music and dancing. Once you decide that now is the time to learn how to dance, you may wonder which style is best to start with and which style will […]

The Dancer’s Journal: Demystifying the Language of Dance Competitions

August 1, 2018

by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor You’ve told your Fred Astaire Dance Studio Instructor that you feel ready to do your first competition – CONGRATULATIONS!! You have a great conversation with him/her and come up with a plan to dance several heats in your current division, participate in championships and scholarships […]