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You Don’t Need a Partner to Learn to Dance

June 6, 2016

There is a woman among our dance students who started dancing shortly after her husband’s sudden death. Seeking to assuage her grief, she stepped foot in our studio and has never looked back. Now, she competes in dance competitions, partnered with her dedicated dance instructor, and has built a community of friends among the dance […]

Why Should I Take Dance Lessons HERE?

May 2, 2016

Sure enough, there are dance studios in a lot of places. We are the ONLY Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Michigan. So, why should you take lessons with us? Our Unique Selling Proposition, how we are different than other ballroom dance studios, lies within our quality instruction, quality service and best value. Trust me. Our […]

No Partner? No Problem!!

March 21, 2016

Did you know, 75% of our students don’t have a partner when they start taking dance lessons. No kidding!! People often think that to learn ballroom dancing, they have to come in with a partner. It’s not true. Of course you need a partner to dance with in social dancing, but your teacher becomes your […]

Walking In

February 29, 2016

Sometimes a person simply walks into the door and says, “Hi, I’m here. I’ve always wanted to dance. What can you tell me?” Just the other day a man walked in unannounced and asked Megan to explain what we offer. He’d always wanted to dance, he’d driven by many times, and one day, he took […]

You Must Practice

February 15, 2016

Ever known a gymnast who never tumbled between competitions? A concert pianist who only plucked the ivories when on stage? A singer who simply spoke in an everyday voice until handed a microphone? In order to do something well, we must practice. It doesn’t matter what it is. Practice makes progress, and progress makes perfection. […]

Value

January 18, 2016

I have this conversation throughout the year: We’re not the cheapest, but we’re the best value. Perhaps a student comes in and says they danced somewhere else on a Groupon or special offer. The other studio is always cheaper, and they often say disparaging things about why we are more expensive. The student shares the […]

You Don’t Need a Partner to Dance

November 9, 2015

In our studio, we have recent divorcees, widows and widowers, and people never married. You don’t need a partner to dance. Although so many people hesitate to sign up for dance lessons because they don’t have a partner to bring with them, the simple truth is that sometimes the best partner is someone you don’t […]

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 […]

Dancing with Autism

May 11, 2015

Recently, we started a new program for adolescents and young adults with autism to learn ballroom dance. These group lessons came at the request of Lisa Price, the co-founder of Jack’s Place for Autism with her husband Jim, who is a former Detroit Tiger and now does play analysis for Tigers games. Their nonprofit foundation […]

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 […]

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 […]