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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Blog Posts

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 […]

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 […]