Careers In Dance

Local Studio Stories

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

October 15, 2018

Did you teach ballroom dancing for a franchise? Did you stop teaching dancing because you got frustrated with the franchise? Felt used and abused, under-appreciated and over-worked? But at the core, did you love teaching dancing? If so, I want to talk to you. So many people dip their toe (pun intended) into teaching ballroom […]

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 […]

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 […]

Looking for a Few Good Dance Teachers

March 26, 2018

As much as I hate to admit it, it’s hard to find good dance teachers. I post jobs locally, and no one applies. In order to meet the demand for instruction, I jump through hoops to obtain visas to bring teachers to America from overseas. Why can’t I can’t find American dancers? I look hard, […]

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

Studio Ownership – A Means To Stepping Lively Through Life And Business

November 23, 2017

Get to know the owner of a Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, and you will find a person happy at the intersection of passion and ambition. For some, dance is more than just a pastime. It’s a mission. Spreading joy through dance becomes their life’s work as a franchise owner connected with Fred Astaire Dance […]

Making That Competition Feeling Last Forever… An Open Letter to Pro Dancers

September 22, 2017

By Jack Rothweiler, President One of the most exciting aspects of my position at Fred Astaire Dance Studios (FADS) is taking part in so many of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Regional and National Dance Competitions we host each year. Held in glamorous resort venues around the country, these events give FADS Students, Instructors and […]

An Open Letter to Prospective Owners of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio

February 18, 2016

By Jack Rothweiler, FADS President Over the years, I’ve been asked by many people why I’ve stayed in the dance business for such a long time. When anyone’s asked this question, it’s usually because they were under the impression that people are only Dance Teachers part-time, or that they’re just waiting for a better job […]