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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 […]

We’re a Winner…Again!

November 27, 2017

At a recent Fred Astaire competition in Orlando, we were pleased to receive the award of Top Studio Runner-Up – our second consecutive year at the number two studio in our national competition. We’re thrilled! Not only is this quite an honor, it’s even moreso considering that the students who competed under our umbrella this […]

Bloomfield Hills Broadway Studio Showcase – Don’t Miss Out!

July 25, 2017

Our Broadway Studio Showcase is coming up and this is an afternoon of dance and wonderful performances that you will not want to miss! Our students and professionals will be performing on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills High School. The Studio Showcase will feature our staff and students performing to a […]

Winning the Michigan Dance Challenge

May 1, 2017

In mid-March, our students and instructors – and our studio as a whole – won top honors at the MichiganDance Challenge in Dearborn. Despite the fact that this is the biggest ballroom competition in the state, we have not participated in the event in recent years. It was great to compete against fellow Michiganders, and take to the […]

Dancing With the Stars: Season 23

September 26, 2016

As the 2016 season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off earlier this month, I had the opportunity to reflect on season 23 after being interviewed by Alicia Smith on WXYZ 7. (see the TV segment here) We discussed the new lineup of dancers and whether athletes have a literal leg up when it comes to […]

FADS Wins Big in Las Vegas!

September 19, 2016

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Wins Big at World Championships Five first place accolades and a third place rank Bloomfield Hills studio impressively high amongst national dancers. Students and instructors from Michigan’s only Fred Astaire Dance Studio took home big honors from the annual Fred Astaire World Championships in Las Vegas last week, including five first […]

Uda’s Competition Experiences

July 25, 2016

  “Ohmigod, as a spectator, just to see what some people can do, it’s amazing,” says Uda Shallop, one of our dedicated dance students who has competed already many times and is eager to do more. Uda earned the distinction of top bronze student at our Washington DC competition, where we earned runner-up for top […]

Cruising with our Dance Shoes

February 9, 2016

We had a wonderful adventure recently, cruising aboard the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas for the Fred Astaire International Championships. Students, teachers and Lada and I made it a true voyage as we danced in beautiful attire, exhibiting for other passengers the fun of a dance competition, which is accessible and possible for every […]

National Blog Posts

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 […]

How To Stay Calm For Dance Competitions

April 17, 2017

We don’t always think about ballroom dance as being competitive, but at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, our students love the regional, national and international Pro-Am and Professional dance competitions we run, as inspiring opportunities to compete, travel and hone their dancing skills in a supportive and exciting environment. These upcoming Fred Astaire Dance Studios […]

Reasons to Join FADS!

January 20, 2016

    Often times, ballroom dancing flies under the radar when people think of taking up a hobby.  Some don’t try because they don’t have a partner.  Others because they lack the confidence they need to dance in front of others.  Some feel they don’t have rhythm.  Whatever the reason is, the benefits of learning […]

Would You Compete With Someone You Have Never Met?

October 19, 2015

It was a Wednesday in July at the Mirage Hotel Las Vegas when Ted Postolachi first met his dance partners for the Fred Astaire World Championships.  Ted, a teacher for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Bardonia, was set to dance with Anna Tabolina and Ashley Michelle Jones, both of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca […]

Barrie Chase: She Danced With a Legend

October 19, 2014

Saturday evening at FAWC (Fred Astaire World Championships) 2014 Dance Competition in Las Vegas, the suspense rose as our President/CEO, Jack Rothweiler, began introducing his guest to the audience. He mentioned the Fred Astaire TV Specials, talked of his first meeting with this guest and their conversation of 4-plus hours. Still, he gave no name. […]