Fred Astaire & FADS History

Local Studio Stories

St. Regis Parents Dance to Fundraise

January 28, 2019

  A tall, thin woman kicks her long leg up in the air, then leans into her partner. They move in unison on the dance floor, a river of dance flowing and bending to the rhythm of the music. Professional dancers? You’d think. No, this is a mother of young children who is dancing to […]

High Kicks for our Training

January 14, 2019

Every single day we focus on training here at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (FADS). Mostly, it’s on the business side of training, where we meet as a team and talk about how to better represent the business, communicate with students, and grow engagement with the FADS brand. Our teachers work on dance instruction training, too. […]

Tony Comes To Town

December 24, 2018

Tony Dovolani came to Fred Astaire Michigan recently, and we couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome! Tony is an impressive dance talent in his own right. Now the Co-National Dance Director for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, he began his career at 15 with Fred Astaire, learning to ballroom dance after emigrating to New York […]

Plans for Expansion

December 17, 2018

  During 2019, we anticipate expanding our ballroom dance company to include four studios. We are considering locations in Novi, Northville, Ann Arbor and Detroit as well as looking toward West Michigan for future growth. Do you want to join our team? There is room for YOU! Continued Growth We’ve experienced record growth year over […]

Cruising with Fred Astaire

December 10, 2018

Dance is not relegated to a studio, you know. You can dance anywhere. Even on a boat. Which is exactly what we did this summer when we rented the Infinity/Ovation yacht for a Fred Astaire cruise on Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. Students, instructors and staff gathered on this signature Detroit area cruise ship […]

The Benefits of Working For Charities

December 3, 2018

Our charity season approaches, with the Pink Fund Dancing with the Survivors event coming soon and our partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Foundation leading to their fall event, too. We love working with charities. It’s a win-win. We use dance to bring happiness to people and highlight a cause in a fun way, […]

What Do You Believe?

November 19, 2018

At my networking meeting during the summer, we were asked to each stand and give a 28-second commercial, a stump speech about our businesses. I got up and said, “I believe in the elimination of the wallflower.” I do. I believe everyone should feel confident about connecting with another human and kicking it up on […]

Take The Stage

October 22, 2018

This summer, Fred Astaire Dance Studio students took to the stage at Bloomfield Hills High School, delighting audiences and dancing up a storm for our annual summer show. Held August 25th, our annual summer dance show has evolved from an in-studio soiree featuring the homegrown talent and flair of our students to a destination dance […]

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

October 15, 2018

Did you teach ballroom dancing for a franchise? Did you stop teaching dancing because you got frustrated with the franchise? Felt used and abused, under-appreciated and over-worked? But at the core, did you love teaching dancing? If so, I want to talk to you. So many people dip their toe (pun intended) into teaching ballroom […]

Professional Development the FADS Way

October 8, 2018

We’re known for taking our instructors on trips to reward them for hard work, meeting goals, and growing the business. After all, we’re all in this together. But this year, we’re taking a different approach. We are taking many of our teachers to the Fred Astaire National Convention in September in Washington, D.C. as a […]

National Blog Posts

A Few Of Our Favorite Dance Movies!

November 1, 2018

When you think of movies featuring great dancers, the first name that comes to mind is Fred Astaire, founder of Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Often partnered with the gifted Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire brought fabulous moves, smooth sophistication and romance to the big screen. And, of course, Ginger Rogers did the same – backwards, […]

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 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 Studios, […]

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 new dancers to follow a  program that moves them through various levels as their skills develop, […]

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, worked on… and worried about his craft.  Astaire’s brilliance speaks of a confident character without a care. But Fred Astaire, namesake and co-founder of […]