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What’s Old Is New: In Germany

June 5, 2017

  I was surprised and excited to learn recently that more and more German teenagers are including ballroom dancing in their festive gatherings. In a recent article, I read that it used to be automatic for German teens in middle- and upper-class communities to take ballroom dancing classes. They had no choice, as they needed […]

Sharing our Knowledge

May 29, 2017

Thanks to the innovative interests of our partner, Cheryl Angelelli, and the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan – Dance Medicine Program, we recently welcomed sports medicine specialists, physical therapists and others working with RIM to our studio for a workshop on flexibility for dance and preventative medicine. We’ve been in business for 11 years, and […]

Top Trend: Dance

May 22, 2017

A late fall 2016 article in a web mag called Longevity, listed dancing as the top fitness trend for 2017. The top one. Numero uno. “Dancing is a great way to work out because it is so fun it takes your mind off the strains of exercising,” the article says. Of course, we know this […]

Swiffer can Dance

May 15, 2017

Have you heard that ballroom dance is helping sell household cleaning products? It’s amazing how far the influence of this sport can reach. Last month, I read an article about Procter & Gamble Co. partnering with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who was known as the “bad boy” on Dancing with the Stars. Chmerkovskiy is promoting the company’s […]

Three Years & Counting

May 8, 2017

Three years ago, I welcomed a dance instructor to our Fred Astaire team who had experience teaching dance to individuals in wheelchairs. It’s a major sport in the rest of the world, but it had yet to catch on here in the United States. When this instructor joined our team, I posted on social media […]

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 […]

A Truly Unique Dance

April 24, 2017

We are not just a dance studio focused on bringing in students and winning competitions. We are a place where dreams actually come true. Recently, thanks to our dedicated Dance Mobility program, under the leadership of the amazing Cheryl Angelelli, we had the opportunity to assist a 17-year-old local girl go to her high school […]

Secure, Safe Dancing

April 10, 2017

We’re constantly taking steps to ensure our students’ safety. Some students dance late at night; some come during the day. We keep our eye on security in and around the studio. We must feel safe not only on the dance floor, but on our way to and from it. Recently, we invested in eight security […]

Universal Studios

April 3, 2017

It’s always fun to go south when it’s cold in Michigan. But for our team, a recent trip to Orlando was better than we could have imagined. The purpose of the trip was to reward our team for exceeding our revenues goals for 2016. Far exceeding!! We all flew down on the same plane, as […]

Welcoming New Teachers

March 27, 2017

To grow as a studio, we must welcome new talent to lead, and these days, we’re seeing new faces at a rapid clip. Growth in teachers is a sign of a thriving studio. We’re happy to report that’s where we are right now! Viktor Tkachenko & Yuliya Lukina – Viktor is Ukrainian and Yuliya is […]

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 […]