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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 […]

La La Land

February 13, 2017

What a beautiful movie. And what a time to release a musical movie to the mainstream, full of its dreamy romance and nostalgia of a better time. Whatever our country is feeling today, this movie is a salve to the soul. This modern-day musical recalls some of the classics, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers included. […]

Meet the Hectors

October 10, 2016

A few words with the Hectors, FADS students… Michaela and Tom Hector’s daughter was getting married, and Michaela, 65, and Tom, 76, wanted to dance at her wedding. They danced for a year in preparation, so Tom would be well-prepared for the father-daughter dance. The wedding was five years ago. They have been dancing ever […]

A Conversation with Jack Rothweiler, President & CEO, Fred Astaire International, Part 2

September 12, 2016

For 53 years, Jack Rothweiler has been dedicated to Fred Astaire International. Here is a glimpse of his steady journey through the world of ballroom dancing, in an effort to make social dancing accessible for all. We began this conversation in last week’s blog and continue it today. Read on!   We’ve Come a Long […]

Dancing with Patti

August 22, 2016

A few words with our student, Patti Brozek: “I just love it,” says Patti Brozek, a 44-year-old Bloomfield Hills mother of two. “When I am dancing, I am not a mother, I am not a wife, I am not an employee. I am just me.” Patti started dancing after a colleague whisked her onto the […]

Meet Aubrey Meade

March 28, 2016

We are so thrilled to welcome Aubrey Meade to our Fred Astaire Dance Studio staff of instructors! A graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in music education and performance, specializing in opera, Aubrey lives now in Lincoln Park. With the intention of building an operatic performing career, Aubrey performed throughout college and was […]

How Can I Make You Smile?

October 5, 2015

If you’ve called our studio, or stepped inside the front door, chances are good that you’ve encountered Megan Snodgrass. Our office manager with the beautiful smile and great sense of style, Megan found Fred Astaire via a Craig’s List ad for a part-time office assistant position. We hired her in March of 2013 and got […]

Meet Dance Instructor Yuliya Sinevych

July 13, 2015

Growing up in Rivne, Ukraine, Yuliya started dancing at the tender age of 7. “My mom always dreamed to be a dancer,” says the beautiful 30-year-old who has danced around the world and now delights students at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. While Yuliya’s mother is a talented painter, she never realized […]

When Dancing Becomes Mainstream: The Willis Clan

July 6, 2015

I don’t watch TV much, but I’ve been hearing about yet another reality show that features ballroom dance as one of the main focuses of the storytelling. It’s a show called The Willis Family, and in some episodes you see the littlest of the 12 children stand in perfect formation, moving their feet to the […]

Donald Westphal: Dance Teacher Extraordinaire

June 8, 2015

You can’t help but fall in love with Donald as a dance instructor. His infectious smile, his larger-than-life personality and style, his evident passion for ballroom dance make Donald that teacher. Make no mistake, though. He may be fun and funny and warm and encouraging but Donald means business when it comes to ballroom. You […]

National Blog Posts

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]