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Tony Comes To Town

December 24, 2018

Tony Dovolani came to Fred Astaire Michigan recently, and we couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome! Tony is an impressive dance talent in his own right. Now the Co-National Dance Director for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, he began his career at 15 with Fred Astaire, learning to ballroom dance after emigrating to New York […]

Helping Studios Succeed

October 1, 2018

I am so excited to become the Area Developer for Fred Astaire in Michigan. This means I get to help dance studios succeed. I am literally bursting with excitement at the thought of helping more studios flourish in Michigan. Too often, dance instructors become studio owners without truly knowing how to run a business. You […]

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 […]

A Royal Event

July 30, 2018

In May, with all the hubbub about the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we got in on the action. The Detroit Athletic Club hired us to perform and teach dancing during a royal wedding party at their annual mother-daughter brunch. People came out in their fancy clothes and fascinators and we filled […]

Dancing With a Purpose

May 29, 2018

It’s that time again. Time to start working with the Pink Fund for Dancing with the Survivors and with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Foundation for Dancing With Our Stars. These are two fundraisers we do every year to promote meaningful nonprofits through dance. The Pink Fund supports people battling breast cancer; Dancing with 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 […]

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, […]

National Blog Posts

A Few Of Our Favorite Dance Movies!

November 1, 2018

When you think of movies featuring great dancers, the first name that comes to mind is Fred Astaire, founder of Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Often partnered with the gifted Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire brought fabulous moves, smooth sophistication and romance to the big screen. And, of course, Ginger Rogers did the same – backwards, […]

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

June 15, 2018

Fred Astaire Dance Studios across the globe host many regional and national competitions throughout the year. In order to feel fully prepared for a FADS 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 […]

The Importance of Good Technique

May 15, 2018

When it comes to dance, no truer words were spoken than what was said by British poet and dramatist, John Dryden in the 1600’s, “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.” Whether dancing in front of an audience or dancing down a street on a sunny afternoon, the feet write and display the graceful beauty […]

How To Tell The Difference Between Popular Types Of Latin Dances

March 15, 2018

Ballroom 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 […]

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 […]