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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 […]

Interview with Doug Daffron

October 17, 2016

We had the wonderful opportunity to visit with Doug Daffron, recently, Fred Astaire Business Trainer/Consultant, based in Durham, N.C.. Doug is a FADS business coach who has been devoted to dance for some time now. Here’s a conversation we had with him about his career with Fred Astaire and his perspective on dance. I always […]

FADS Wins Big in Las Vegas!

September 19, 2016

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Wins Big at World Championships Five first place accolades and a third place rank Bloomfield Hills studio impressively high amongst national dancers. Students and instructors from Michigan’s only Fred Astaire Dance Studio took home big honors from the annual Fred Astaire World Championships in Las Vegas last week, including five first […]

A Conversation with Jack Rothweiler, President & CEO, Fred Astaire International, Part 2

September 12, 2016

For 53 years, Jack Rothweiler has been dedicated to Fred Astaire International. Here is a glimpse of his steady journey through the world of ballroom dancing, in an effort to make social dancing accessible for all. We began this conversation in last week’s blog and continue it today. Read on!   We’ve Come a Long […]

Dr. Dance

August 29, 2016

A few words with our student, Dr. James Bersalona… Dance is an enjoyable health promoting physical activity, which Dr. James Bersalona incorporated into his lifestyle. Dancing is a great way to stay fit without feeling like you’re performing a chore. “As far as I’m concerned,” says James, “it’s the perfect form of exercise.” Dr. James […]

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 […]