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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

5 Reasons Couples Should Take Ballroom Dance Lessons

February 9, 2018

The closer you are, the closer you get. The closer you get, the closer you are. When couples take dance lessons together, they create a tighter bond, a better relationship and enjoy a more intimate physical relationship. The dance lesson – and, for that matter, any time the couple takes to the dance floor together […]

6 Ballroom Dances Sure To Turn Up the Heat This Winter

January 15, 2018

Dancing is a great way to reignite the flame with your partner and these six styles of dance are sure to keep you warm this winter! Remember, ballroom dancing is a chance to do a little makeover on yourself. Feeling confident makes you feel more desirable, and frankly, how could you not be with these […]

Dance Into The New Year With Fred Astaire Dance Studios!

January 3, 2018

We all look forward to the New Year as a time for a fresh start, a change of habits, a clean slate. We make resolutions. Oh, brother. We make resolutions. Usually they involve losing weight, getting in better shape, doing something for our health and mental outlook. Your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio is the […]

What Do I Need To Know Before I Come For My First Lesson?

November 1, 2017

You’ve taken the first step toward learning the steps … the dance steps. You stopped by your local Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, chatted with the manager and an instructor and decided the time is right to learn how to dance, to perk up your social life and to get in better shape (yes, dance […]

Do’s and Don’t of Social Dancing

October 1, 2017

Dancing is a staple of many social activities conducted in public – weddings, social and business parties, dinner dates – and as such, is subject to the usual social conventions. Grace and charm are part of dance (and part of the fun!), and your personality is as well. Ballroom dancing can be active and passionate […]