Dance Lessons

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A Royal Event

July 30, 2018

In May, with all the hubbub about the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we got in on the action. The Detroit Athletic Club hired us to perform and teach dancing during a royal wedding party at their annual mother-daughter brunch. People came out in their fancy clothes and fascinators and we filled […]

Group Lessons & Dance Parties

June 25, 2018

It happens every night.  Six, eight, 10, 12, sometimes even more, students gather in our larger ballroom, ready for a lesson. They wear casual clothes, workout attire, dresses and slacks. Whatever they feel comfortable moving in.  Faces are bright, turned toward the light. Smiles abound. Maybe you recognize someone in the group, and maybe you […]

Dance Is a Great Gift

April 30, 2018

It’s that time of year when we ponder what to buy the Mom or Dad who has everything, or who is difficult to shop for. Mother’s Day on May 13thand Father’s Day on June 17thare times we especially want to show love for our parents by creating special times and making memories. But there are […]

‘Tis the (Wedding) Season

April 23, 2018

It seems like wedding season is every season, but many more weddings take place in the summer months than at any other time of year. With that in mind, we’re seeing a lot of engaged couples and parents of soon-to-be brides and grooms in the studio, and we love helping them grow comfortable on the […]

Certified

April 16, 2018

How important is it for your dance instructor to be a certified professional? In our opinion, very important! Here at Fred Astaire, we hold to a high standard for our instructors so you know you’re getting the best dance instruction out there. I liken it to golf, another favorite pastime of mine. If you’re a […]

Not Your Grandparents’ Dance Studio

April 2, 2018

Think dancing is for the old folks? Think again! While it used to be far more popular for everyday folks to dance formally back in the day, today’s dance students span the ages and stages of life. We have young couples, starting out, preparing for their weddings or their friends’ weddings. We have young parents, […]

Dreams Come True: FADS & RIM Foundation Launch Wedding Dance Mobility Contest

February 12, 2018

Whether you dance on two feet or  four wheels, Fred Astaire Dance Studio and the RIM Foundation want to help you achieve the perfect wedding dance. Together, we are offering a free package of dancing lessons for a deserving couple, where either the bride or groom, or one of their parents, has a physical disability and they’d […]

We Paired Our Favorite First Dance Songs & Styles For Your First Wedding Dance

January 31, 2018

We’ve married our favorite weddings songs with their perfect dance style match. Whether you are dreaming of a traditional wedding or a unique celebration to match your personalities, we’ll help you choose the perfect dance for your first spin around the dance floor. Waltz Been dreaming of that fairy-tale wedding entrance with prince charming leading […]

Keeping Lessons Close

January 1, 2018

Dancing isn’t like a bowling league, where you join, show up once a week, toss the ball down the lane and see where it falls. With a once-a-week frequency, you maintain your skill level, you don’t improve. And at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, we want to see you improve – because you will enjoy dancing […]

Who’s Your Buddy?

December 18, 2017

At Fred Astaire Dance Studio, one of the ways we are unique in dance instruction is that we assign our students not just one instructor, but two. The second one is known as your “buddy teacher,” and it’s important to have two people teaching you the same dances because you gain from their different perspectives. […]

National Blog Posts

The Dancer’s Journal: Demystifying the Language of Dance Competitions

August 15, 2018

by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor You’ve told your Fred Astaire Dance Studio Instructor that you feel ready to do your first competition – CONGRATULATIONS!! You have a great conversation with him/her and come up with a plan to dance several heats in your current division, participate in championships and scholarships […]

Debunking Common Ballroom Dance Myths

July 16, 2018

Dance is one of the truly great things in our world. It’s expressive, vibrant, passionate. It brings people together. It celebrates music and movement. It’s romantic and healthy on just about every level – physical, emotional, social. And yet, every now and then, we hear from studio members who tell us that someone they like […]

4 Reasons to Love The Tango

July 1, 2018

Ah the Tango. Romantic, passionate, intense, sensual. There are so many reasons to love this Latin dance style. The Tango is one of the most highly stylized ballroom dances we teach. It is dramatic, with measured crossing and flexing steps to the front, the side and the back combined with turns. Of all the dances […]

3 Ways Dad Will Benefit From Dance Lessons

June 1, 2018

What do we get dear old Dad on Father’s Day? This is a dilemma for many. A tie? Been there. A polo shirt? Done that. Baseball cap? Yes, about three years ago. Let’s think about giving Pop something he can not only use and enjoy now, but also well into the future (no, we are […]

Dance: Something This Mother and Daughter Have in Common

April 22, 2018

Sari Gold and her daughter Emily walked into FADS Manhasset, NY at different times, for different reasons. But there’s one aspect of dance they agree on – that it’s enhancing their relationship, by giving them something to share, together. At Bellagio Las Vegas during FAWC 2017, Sari and Emily Gold, joined by their Instructor, Eugene Yeremenko, sat […]