Dance Lessons

Local Studio Stories

Don’t Be That Guy

November 12, 2018

Are you that guy? The guy standing on the side, watching everyone dance and having fun, wishing you could get out there and lead a gorgeous woman on the dance floor. The guy kicking at his own heels, regretting the opportunity to learn to dance and impress himself and everyone out there. I remember a […]

It’s Your Time To Dance Again

November 5, 2018

You see the commercials running on TV and in the paper. Backpacks and notebooks, shiny sneakers and new lunchboxes. It’s time for back to school! And that means, it’s time for you to dance. I’m not kidding! As kids leave for college or simply start a new school year, parents have time to remember who […]

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

October 15, 2018

Did you teach ballroom dancing for a franchise? Did you stop teaching dancing because you got frustrated with the franchise? Felt used and abused, under-appreciated and over-worked? But at the core, did you love teaching dancing? If so, I want to talk to you. So many people dip their toe (pun intended) into teaching ballroom […]

What To Wear

September 10, 2018

New students often ask, “What should I wear to my first lesson?” The truest answer is, wear whatever you’re comfortable in. And know that may change as you become more adept at dancing. When students first come to our studio and embark on learning to ballroom dance, they may be nervous, anxious, hesitant. When those […]

Sign Up Now

September 3, 2018

It may sound simple, but sometimes people wonder how to sign up for ballroom dance lessons. What do I do to make it happen? Click a box online? Make a phone call? Walk into the studio? Send in a form? It’s easier than that. Just pick up the phone and give us a call – […]

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 […]

National Blog Posts

The Benefits of Unleashing Your Competitive Side

October 1, 2018

We love many things about dance. The beauty. The elegance. The teamwork with a trusted partner. The competition. Wait. What? Yes, the competition. As our dancers progress through the Fred Astaire Trophy System, they often wish to test their skills and dedication against others. Whether it’s a studio Mini-Match or a regional event or the […]

It’s No Coincidence That Football Players Have Such Success on DWTS

September 1, 2018

We all love watching “Dancing With the Stars” to see how the celebrities progress and grow as dancers. Especially the athletes. Ever notice how many of those on the show have been football players? Let us just name the ones who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Emmitt Smith (Season 3 champion), Jerry […]

The Best Ballroom Dance Styles For Beginners

August 15, 2018

Learning to dance provides you with social skills that last a lifetime and allows you to feel at ease in any situation where there is music and dancing. Once you decide that now is the time to learn how to dance, you may wonder which style is best to start with and which style will […]

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

August 1, 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 […]