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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 […]

2017 Was a Great Year

January 22, 2018

  The results are in for 2017, and the results are good. We grew by 23%, which surpassed our goal, again, for the third year in a row. Yay us! Yay everyone who helped us get there. Students, teachers, staff. All the media outlets who told our stories. All the support staff on every level […]

Michigan is a Great Place

November 6, 2017

Recently, Lada and I sold our house in Waterford and one week to move everything out and into our new house in Detroit. While we were slammed for time, we were also committed to a weekend trip to Mackinac Island to close out summer and enjoy the northern reaches of our state. Although our winters […]

Just Dance

October 13, 2017

I’ve lost count of how many times someone asks me if they need a partner to come into our studio to dance. The quick answer is: NO. Just come in! Get started. Strap on your dance shoes. Whether you’re single and without a partner, or your partner has no interest in dancing, nothing should stop […]

Career Lessons from Ballroom Dance

August 21, 2017

Ballroom dancing can teach you important life lessons that will transform your career success, if you pay attention. Here’s what I’ve learned from ballroom dancing that has been useful in my work. Success Requires Hard Work You can’t win awards, gain a promotion or achieve goals without hard work. The effort leads to the outcome, […]

Celebrating Our Team: Summer FADS Trip

August 14, 2017

It’s becoming something of a tradition for our studio to take off for a long weekend to celebrate studio successes and build camaraderie within and among our team. Recently, we drove our instructors and staff to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a gray and drizzly Friday morning. We caravanned the long highway journey from […]

You Get What You Pay For

August 7, 2017

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the lowest price dance lessons may not be the best value. You can only focus on one thing at a time. When you focus on money, you don’t focus on quality and service. People talk about the price of dance lessons. Sometimes, they call me and […]

Dance Is Like Winning the Jackpot

July 31, 2017

You can’t win the lottery without buying a ticket first. You purchase a lottery ticket at your local party store and hope that small cash outlay wins you something big. You hold onto it and watch as they call the numbers. Most of the time, you don’t win the jackpot, but you never lose hope. […]

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 […]

Charlene Proctor: Loving the Dance

June 26, 2017

As a self-help author who writes books on positive thinking, interfaith and personal development, and other groundbreaking spiritual pursuits, Charlene Proctor has found new life and enthusiasm through dance. It’s not really such a leap from her former career – with extensive experience in television and radio, Charlene is used to performing and enticing a […]

National Blog Posts

How To Tell The Difference Between Popular Types Of Latin Dances

March 15, 2018

Dance is enjoyed all over the world in a variety of forms, many having common roots. This is particularly true of the popular Latin dances. While we often think of them as South American specialties, their histories are more complicated than that. Many derive from African rhythms and patterns that were later adapted in South […]

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: January Birthdays

January 23, 2018

Ginger Rogers is likely the dance partner we think of first, but Fred Astaire, our co-founder and namesake, was fortunate to have performed and starred with numerous well-known & talented dancers, on both stage and screen during his career. This blog post highlights the stories of two of Astaire’s esteemed dance partners – George Burns […]

What Do I Need To Know Before I Come For My First Lesson?

November 1, 2017

You’ve taken the first step toward learning the steps … the dance steps. You stopped by your local Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, chatted with the manager and an instructor and decided the time is right to learn how to dance, to perk up your social life and to get in better shape (yes, dance […]

Three Ways Dance Lessons Are Better Than A Gym Membership

October 15, 2017

Here come the holidays. And here come the parties, the snacks, the beverages, the little overindulgences that make clothing a bit too tight for comfort. Hey, we like to look good in our smart outfits. Even a couple of pounds can cause distress. We know how easy it is to add a few and how […]

Do’s and Don’t of Social Dancing

October 1, 2017

Dancing is a staple of many social activities conducted in public – weddings, social and business parties, dinner dates – and as such, is subject to the usual social conventions. Grace and charm are part of dance (and part of the fun!), and your personality is as well. Ballroom dancing can be active and passionate […]