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Have You Seen Our Ballroom Lately?

September 8, 2015

  If you’ve been in the studio lately, you may have noticed me up on a very tall ladder, carefully placing gray acoustical sound boards high up on the walls of our large ballroom. Yes, in my spare time I am renovating the studio. (Insert laugh track.) When we bought this building three and a […]

How We Choose Charities to Work With

August 31, 2015

We are proud of our partnerships with meaningful and worthy organizations, and the way we use dance to raise money and awareness for great causes. Often, I’m asked how we select the charities we work with. Mostly, it’s driven by personal connection or a group that can truly help our local community. We get calls […]

Why It’s Important to Dance

August 24, 2015

You’re busy. You’re overbooked. You’re tired. You run from here to there, checking things off the to-do list. Do you have time for yourself? Most people don’t nowadays, which is why dance can be an important respite from the craziness of it all. You may never have considered dancing. Many people don’t! But still, it’s […]

Meet Dance Instructor Yuliya Sinevych

July 13, 2015

Growing up in Rivne, Ukraine, Yuliya started dancing at the tender age of 7. “My mom always dreamed to be a dancer,” says the beautiful 30-year-old who has danced around the world and now delights students at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. While Yuliya’s mother is a talented painter, she never realized […]

When Dancing Becomes Mainstream: The Willis Clan

July 6, 2015

I don’t watch TV much, but I’ve been hearing about yet another reality show that features ballroom dance as one of the main focuses of the storytelling. It’s a show called The Willis Family, and in some episodes you see the littlest of the 12 children stand in perfect formation, moving their feet to the […]

Dance Mobility

June 29, 2015

Cheryl and Sergio glided over the parquet in perfect form, the emotion behind the dance emanating out and into the spellbound audience. When they finished, everyone around the dance floor rose for a standing ovation, even the judges. That never happens. In 10 years of being in the ballroom dance business, I’ve never seen such […]

The New Cinderella

June 22, 2015

This spring’s rendition of the family favorite, Cinderella, caught my eye not because it’s a familiar fairy tale retold. Rather, the movie’s main dance scene, where the story rises to its pinnacle, is what grabbed my attention. On the crowded dance floor, Cinderella tries to run through the crowd before the clock strikes midnight, eager […]

Donald Westphal: Dance Teacher Extraordinaire

June 8, 2015

You can’t help but fall in love with Donald as a dance instructor. His infectious smile, his larger-than-life personality and style, his evident passion for ballroom dance make Donald that teacher. Make no mistake, though. He may be fun and funny and warm and encouraging but Donald means business when it comes to ballroom. You […]

Getting to Know Marwan Attar

June 1, 2015

Marwan is always smiling. In fact, his seemingly endless enthusiasm and friendliness beckons to students who can’t help but gravitate toward this teddy-bear-like dance instructor because he feels safe, encouraging and inspiring. Truth be told, Marwan’s career as a ballroom instructor is rather new. Although ballroom has beckoned to him for many years. Marwan’s first […]

Dance Mobility – Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing

May 26, 2015

At Fred Astaire Bloomfield Hills we believe everyone has the ability to experience the joy of dancing. This philosophy led to the establishment of Dance Mobility; Michigan’s only wheelchair ballroom dancing program for adults and children with physical disabilities. Our Dance Mobility program provides free monthly wheelchair ballroom group lessons, led by Fred Astaire’s professional, […]

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 […]