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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, […]

More Fred Astaire in Michigan

January 9, 2017

We don’t know where yet, but we are looking for an ideal place to open a second Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Michigan. Interested in joining us? We’re looking for entrepreneurial-minded people who love dance and want to help others find that love, too. We already have an incredibly successful studio in Bloomfield Hills, and […]

The New Year of Dance

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017, with opportunities for growth on the horizon. Business growth, personal growth, time to finally try that thing you’ve been wanting to try. From where we sit, it looks like dance will continue to attract new students, new performers, and more attention on TV and around the world. From an […]

Thank You

December 19, 2016

Dear students, Thank you. No really. Thank you for allowing us to be a good part of your day.  Thank you for trusting us and our team with your desire to dance. Thank you for being open to the possibilities on the dance floor.  Thank you for your dedication to learning the steps.  Thank you for seeing […]

It’s Never Too Late

December 5, 2016

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. You are capable of amazing things! It is never too late to revisit and relive your deepest desires We posted these words on our Facebook page and got a response that seriously floored me: 256 likes, 5 comments, 21 shares. Off the board compared […]

Dan Rutherford, FADS student

October 31, 2016

Daniel Rutherford, began attending Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the beginning of 2016. It was completely out of the box for Dan – but such a great decision. “My wife passed away and I was reaching out for new activities as a single person,” he says. “I never had any dance lessons before, but I […]

Meet Michelle Allen, FADS Student

October 24, 2016

A few words with our student, Michelle Allen… Dance is more than rhythm and steps; it is a vehicle to a welcoming and understanding community. For Michelle Allen, ballroom dance brought healing when her husband passed away but it also brought her closer to his memory, since they danced together throughout their 20-year marriage. “We […]

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 […]