Fred Astaire & FADS History

Local Studio Stories

A Day in the Studio

February 26, 2018

A day in the life of our dance studio – it’s always evolving. The studio opens at 10 o’clock in the morning. Megan arrives and starts answering phones and organizing the day’s lessons for our instructors. Sometimes, lessons begin at 10, sometimes at 11. Students come in before lunch. Every day at 1 o’clock, we […]

The Fred Astaire Guarantee

June 12, 2017

After 11 years in business, with a fantastic two-week introductory special for $95, I’ve never offered a guarantee. Well, things are about to change. We are going to offer a guarantee from here on out, that you have the ability to learn how to dance. IF…you follow our fun and easy Fred Astaire teaching method […]

His Words

March 13, 2017

Fred Astaire was fond of saying: “Some people seem to think that good dancers are born but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained.” That’s our philosophy at Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Many people think you need to be born with the ability to dance. But our guru, our great example […]

Celebrating 70 Years

February 20, 2017

This year, Fred Astaire Dance Studios celebrates 70 years in business. 70 Years!! Can you believe it? What a legacy. It’s hard to believe that this franchise has been around that long and growing faster today than ever before. How does a company last that long? It’s pretty remarkable that a franchise can last that […]

A Great Collaboration: Samaritas & Fred Astaire Dance Studio

February 8, 2017

You’re never too old to dance. And on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, at 2 p.m., residents of Samaritas Senior Living in Bloomfield Hills will have the opportunity to learn their first steps – or resume their already proficient dance ability – in a special ballroom dance performance and lesson, thanks to a collaboration between Samaritas […]

A Word with Jack Rothweiler, President & CEO, Fred Astaire International

September 5, 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. For most of my 53 years in this business, the important thing was training social dancers, helping our students […]

Our FADS Family

November 16, 2015

Whenever I’m on social media, I see a lot of people I know. Not unusual, right? But many of my “friends” and connections are other Fred Astaire Dance Studio owners across the country and around the world, and I realize I am in no way alone in this business. We often use the phrase, “our […]

Our Mission Statement

August 17, 2015

On a plaque at the front door of our studio is our mission: to enrich the lives of anyone and everyone who is associated with our company. A pretty tall order for a dance studio, right? But that’s exactly what we do every day. Our instructors come into the studio, ready to go. They are […]

Who Was Fred Astaire?

August 11, 2015

It’s kind of funny, kind of tragic. Being of a certain age, I always knew who Fred Astaire was. So it takes me by surprise when people walk into our studio and ask how we got our name. Fred Astaire isn’t something we made up out of thin air. He was one of the greatest […]

National Blog Posts

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: January Birthdays

January 23, 2018

Ginger Rogers is likely the dance partner we think of first, but Fred Astaire, our co-founder and namesake, was fortunate to have performed and starred with numerous well-known & talented dancers, on both stage and screen during his career. This blog post highlights the stories of two of Astaire’s esteemed dance partners – George Burns […]

Studio Ownership – A Means To Stepping Lively Through Life And Business

November 23, 2017

Get to know the owner of a Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, and you will find a person happy at the intersection of passion and ambition. For some, dance is more than just a pastime. It’s a mission. Spreading joy through dance becomes their life’s work as a franchise owner connected with Fred Astaire Dance […]

Why The Fred Astaire Dance Curriculum Is Better

September 1, 2017

You always know where you stand when you join Fred Astaire Dance Studios for ballroom dance instruction (and we don’t just mean on the dance floor). Fred Astaire Dance Studios (FADS) offers a superior and structured curriculum that allows those new to dance to follow a carefully-crafted program that moves them through various levels as […]

Facts About Fred

March 22, 2017

To watch Fred Astaire dance on film – even today – is to marvel at his grace, skill and athleticism. What many don’t know is the extent to which this virtuoso practiced, worried, and worked on his craft.  Astaire’s brilliance speaks of a confident character without a care. But Fred Astaire, namesake of the chain of […]

An Open Letter to Prospective Owners of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio

February 18, 2016

By Jack Rothweiler, FADS President Over the years, I’ve been asked by many people why I’ve stayed in the dance business for such a long time. When anyone’s asked this question, it’s usually because they were under the impression that people are only Dance Teachers part-time, or that they’re just waiting for a better job […]