Fred Astaire & FADS History

Local Studio Stories

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 […]

Helping Studios Succeed

October 1, 2018

I am so excited to become the Area Developer for Fred Astaire in Michigan. This means I get to help dance studios succeed. I am literally bursting with excitement at the thought of helping more studios flourish in Michigan. Too often, dance instructors become studio owners without truly knowing how to run a business. You […]

Fred Astaire Opens New Studio in West Bloomfield

September 17, 2018

After 11 years owning the largest ballroom dance studio in the state, we are opening a second studio in West Bloomfield. The new location is in the Drake Shopping Center at 5526 Drake Road, near Walnut Lake. Aubrey Meade will manage the studio. Aubrey grew up participating in opera and musical theater, touring as a […]

The Dance Business

August 20, 2018

Don’t forget the “business” part of the dance business. This is the dance business, but most people don’t look at it as a business. Studio owners often run a studio for the dance side of things. They might not be mindful or skilled in the business side of running a studio – but it’s essential! […]

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 […]

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 […]