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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 […]

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 […]

National Blog Posts

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 […]

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

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 […]