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Para Dance Comes to Michigan

August 13, 2018

In late June, we hosted the first ever North American World Para Dance training, a two-day opportunity for American ballroom dance instructors to learn how to safely and properly coach and train wheelchair users. Participating instructors received certification of completion of the course from the IPC (International Paralympic Committee). In partnership with World Para Dance […]

Summer is Competition Season

May 13, 2018

Fred Astaire students are excited when summer comes close because that’s when many of our best competitions take place. This summer, we have a FADS Michigan studio competition in June, an August show and the Fred Astaire world championships at the end of July. Not to mention many competitions across the country and around the […]

Thank You to St. Regis Dancers!

April 9, 2018

We spent the last several months working with parents at St. Regis School toward perfecting their dancing abilities so they could perform at a gala fundraiser styled after Dancing With the Stars. It was great fun and they said the most successful fundraiser they ever had – somewhere in the quarter of a million dollars […]

FADS Michigan Winter Ball

March 12, 2018

“Oh my gosh, Evan, this was SO good!” That’s the kind of sentiment I heard from participants in our recent Winter Ball, a seasonal dance competition we hold several times a year in-studio. The reason it was so exclamation-worthy is that the Winter Ball went off without a hitch despite huge obstacles in our path. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dance: Something This Mother and Daughter Have in Common

April 22, 2018

Sari Gold and her daughter Emily walked into FADS Manhasset, NY at different times, for different reasons. But there’s one aspect of dance they agree on – that it’s enhancing their relationship, by giving them something to share, together. At Bellagio Las Vegas during FAWC 2017, Sari and Emily Gold, joined by their Instructor, Eugene Yeremenko, sat […]

The Dancer’s Journal: That Old Feeling

April 8, 2018

by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor Racing heartbeat, trembling knees, sweaty palms… you’re not in love, but about to step out onto the competition dance floor! These 10 tips will help you push through your dance competition nerves and help you enjoy the journey. There’s that feeling again.  It starts as soon as you […]

First, She Said YES To the Dress…

April 7, 2018

When her husband, Mike, began getting serious about his dance lessons, Joan Treacy didn’t quite follow suit… until a dress, and the FADS Coral Gables FL family, changed her mind! Mike Treacy started ballroom lessons at a competing dance studio when he & his wife, Joan, moved to Miami ten years ago. Says Mike, “I […]