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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

Burning Calories & Feeling Happier With Dance; Just How Much of a Workout Is Ballroom Dancing?

May 1, 2018

“Burn, baby, burn, it’s a disco inferno.” Ah, we remember those lyrics from disco’s heyday. And while disco isn’t the hot, hot, hot thing of the past, all manner of line dances and high-energy dances have taken its place. Dance is, of course, a wonderful form of personal expression and also one that can involve […]

A Simple Guide to the 10 Traditional Dances of Ballroom Dance

April 16, 2018

If you are interested in dance, but don’t know where to begin, then there’s only one place to start: beginner dance classes at one of our Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Learning the most widely known dances can make you a star in any social gathering and bring some culture to your life at the […]

Are You Ready to Hit the Dance Floor this Wedding Season?!

April 1, 2018

It’s that time again. The invitations are arriving in the mail and happy couples are announcing their wedding dates. June is such a popular month for nuptials and you know how much planning and effort went into finding a venue and a great band or DJ for a memorable event. The celebration will, of course, […]

How To Tell The Difference Between Popular Types Of Latin Dances

March 15, 2018

Dance is enjoyed all over the world in a variety of forms, many having common roots. This is particularly true of the popular Latin dances. While we often think of them as South American specialties, their histories are more complicated than that. Many derive from African rhythms and patterns that were later adapted in South […]

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

March 1, 2018

Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn. They come to our parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there. There’s no reason not to build your […]