Fred Astaire & FADS History

Local Studio Stories

Para Dance Comes to Michigan

August 13, 2018

In late June, we hosted the first ever North American World Para Dance training, a two-day opportunity for American ballroom dance instructors to learn how to safely and properly coach and train wheelchair users. Participating instructors received certification of completion of the course from the IPC (International Paralympic Committee). In partnership with World Para Dance […]

The Makings of a Great Dance Instructor

July 23, 2018

One of the most important factors for a great dance instructor is the ability to communicate. Of course, they need to know how to dance and how to teach it, but even more important, a great dance instructor must communicate well with all sorts of people and in all sorts of situations. You might think […]

ISO Dance Instructors

July 16, 2018

Attention job searchers: Fred Astaire Dance Studio is looking for dance instructors. Is this you? Ideal candidates are good dancers at least (maybe great) and great team players. Best candidates communicate well, understand a variety of communication preferences, and are passionate about teaching others to dance. You’re high-energy, happy, love working with people, pay attention […]

The Search for Studio #2

July 9, 2018

It’s been our goal for the last several years to open a second, third, fourth studio. We want to blanket the state of Michigan with the best ballroom around! And we’re happy to announce that come August, we’ll be opening the doors on Fred Astaire Dance Studio #2 in West Bloomfield, Michigan. This has been […]

Evolution of a Business

July 2, 2018

When Lada and I opened Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Michigan 12+ years ago, we were hands-on with the day-to-day activities. She devoted her energy to teaching and to leading the teachers, and I helped the studio run every day.  Over the years, we’ve evolved as the business has grown. The best business owners work ON their business, not IN […]

The Entrepreneurship of Dance

June 18, 2018

Did you ever think of dance as an entrepreneurial endeavor?   I’m not sure even I did way back when I contemplated getting into the business. But it turns out, ballroom dance has exponential potential for entrepreneurship and growth, and I’m thrilled that we’re riding that wave.  The way Fred Astaire has grown in the past is […]

Fred Astaire was a Golfer

June 11, 2018

One of the best things about being an entrepreneur or small business owner is that, ideally, you can make time to do the things that make you feel good.   One of my long-term hobbies besides dancing has always been golf. It’s a great opportunity to use my competitive athletic skills and also bond with other guys when […]

Where Have All the Dance Teachers Gone?

June 4, 2018

Without dance teachers, there is no dance.  Our business depends on finding good teachers. This whole industry exists only because we have talented instructors leading our students step-by-step through the art and sport of dance.  The biggest challenge to business growth is finding and keeping good teachers.  So where do we find them?  Either we […]

Dancing With a Purpose

May 29, 2018

It’s that time again. Time to start working with the Pink Fund for Dancing with the Survivors and with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Foundation for Dancing With Our Stars. These are two fundraisers we do every year to promote meaningful nonprofits through dance. The Pink Fund supports people battling breast cancer; Dancing with the […]

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 […]

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 […]