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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 […]

We Thrive on Training and Rewards

March 6, 2017

When I saw that our studio was surpassing the revenue goals we set for 2016, I planned to reward our staff by taking them on a dreamy vacation. In the summer, after we surpassed the previous year’s revenues, our team traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a beautiful and exhilarating long weekend. But by year-end, […]

National Blog Posts

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 […]

How Well Do You Know Ballroom Dance Trivia?

September 12, 2017

This Ballroom Dance Trivia quiz was originally published in the Summer, 2014 issue of inSTEP Magazine, FADS’ quarterly publication. To order an inSTEP Magazine subscription (4 quarterly issues, mailed to your home or office), email And check back again soon, for a new page featuring electronic editions of past issues! 1. This early form of […]

4 Reasons Why We Love to Salsa

July 1, 2017

It’s summer, and summer brings the heat. The same goes for one of our favorite dances – salsa. It’s hot, hot, hot. Salsa continues to grow in popularity because of it’s fast pace and the lively music that accompanies this Caribbean-based dance. Latin dances build to a crescendo, creating tension and release. That makes salsa a […]