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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 […]

Where Have All the Dance Teachers Gone?

June 4, 2018

Without dance teachers, there is no dance.  Our business depends on finding good teachers. This whole industry exists only because we have talented instructors leading our students step-by-step through the art and sport of dance.  The biggest challenge to business growth is finding and keeping good teachers.  So where do we find them?  Either we […]

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 […]

National Blog Posts

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

August 15, 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 […]

Debunking Common Ballroom Dance Myths

July 16, 2018

Dance is one of the truly great things in our world. It’s expressive, vibrant, passionate. It brings people together. It celebrates music and movement. It’s romantic and healthy on just about every level – physical, emotional, social. And yet, every now and then, we hear from studio members who tell us that someone they like […]

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 […]

An In-Depth Guide: Preparing Your Body For a Dance Competition

June 15, 2018

Fred Astaire Franchised Studios across the globe participate in many regional and national competitions throughout the year. In order to feel fully prepared for a dance competition, you want to make sure you are treating your body right for the few weeks leading up to the competition so you are able to handle the demands […]

3 Ways Dad Will Benefit From Dance Lessons

June 1, 2018

What do we get dear old Dad on Father’s Day? This is a dilemma for many. A tie? Been there. A polo shirt? Done that. Baseball cap? Yes, about three years ago. Let’s think about giving Pop something he can not only use and enjoy now, but also well into the future (no, we are […]