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Getting to Know Marwan Attar

June 1, 2015

Marwan is always smiling. In fact, his seemingly endless enthusiasm and friendliness beckons to students who can’t help but gravitate toward this teddy-bear-like dance instructor because he feels safe, encouraging and inspiring. Truth be told, Marwan’s career as a ballroom instructor is rather new. Although ballroom has beckoned to him for many years. Marwan’s first […]

Ballroom and the Detroit Tigers

March 13, 2015

BY EVAN MOUNTAIN I can’t wait to go to Tigers Spring Training! A few weeks ago I booked my flight for Florida. Spring Training, Detroit Tigers, 2015. Yes, I’ll be there. As a Detroiter born and bred, I can hardly believe that at this point in my career, I am going to Spring Training with […]

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 […]

Dance Spotlight: The Jive!

September 15, 2018

One of the beauties of ballroom dance is that a once-popular style never needs to go away. It can continue in its original form, or it can grow and change and remain a fixture among savvy dancers. Which brings us to jive. Once upon a time, this lively style of dance was known as 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 […]

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 […]