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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

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 […]