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Reason #101 Not to Learn Ballroom

May 4, 2015

Whenever you’re starting something new, there are lots of reasons you can create to avoid doing it. It’s uncomfortable, I know, to be the new person, step into a new place, wonder if you’ll “get it” or make friends or whatever. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. So it’s time to silence the discouraging […]

The Hardest Step is the First One

April 27, 2015

It’s scary to walk into a new place, let alone a place where you’re expected to perform in a way. Let me put your mind at ease. A ballroom dance studio like ours has no expectations for our students except that they’ll have fun while they’re here. Everything else is up to you. The hardest […]

You Get What You Pay For

April 20, 2015

Think of the difference between a walk-in chain haircut shop that gives you the same cut as every guy before and after you, and compare that with the attention and specific style you’ll get at a salon. Five or 10 dollars buys you the first; it might be $25-40 for the second. There’s a huge […]

Real Men Ballroom Dance

April 13, 2015

A husband tells his wife, who really wants to learn to ballroom dance, “Sorry honey, I’m just not interested.” The conversation in his head goes more like this: “If I go, I will make a fool of myself. She’ll be annoyed with me. I won’t be able to catch on and lead her. I’ll step […]

You Don’t Need a Partner to Dance

March 23, 2015

Say what? A common objection I hear from people interested in taking ballroom dance lessons is, “I don’t have a partner.” And I tell them, “You don’t need to bring a partner to learn how to ballroom dance.” The phone rings and emails come in with this one question, from people so eager to learn […]

Ballroom and the Detroit Tigers

March 13, 2015

BY EVAN MOUNTAIN I can’t wait to go to Tigers Spring Training! A few weeks ago I booked my flight for Florida. Spring Training, Detroit Tigers, 2015. Yes, I’ll be there. As a Detroiter born and bred, I can hardly believe that at this point in my career, I am going to Spring Training with […]

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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 […]