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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 […]

Summertime in Michigan

August 6, 2018

I almost want to say it’s the best time of the year – but in our studio, every season is a great time to dance. That said, summer in Michigan is a great time to be outside and enjoy the abundance of things we have to do here – water, woods, city life. This 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 […]

Living in Detroit

February 5, 2018

Have I told you lately how much I love living in Detroit? Lada and I moved to the city last year, and we never cease being surprised how wonderful it is. A few years ago, I would never have thought of opening a dance studio in the city of Detroit. I just didn’t think that […]

Now Is the Time

January 29, 2018

Right this moment is the perfect time to learn how to dance. Everybody says, “I really want to dance,” but when are they really going to take the plunge and start learning? When are most people dancing? Holiday events, weekend parties, going out with other couples and hearing music they simply cannot resist moving to. […]

New Year’s Resolutions…to Dance!

December 26, 2017

As we ring in 2018, many people will be making lists of resolutions for the new year, habits they’d like to change, traits they want to improve. Will ballroom dance be on your list of New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s why it should be! The number one New Year’s Resolution of all time is “Get In […]

Minimizing Memory Loss

November 20, 2017

Ron and Barb Luginbill are having more fun in retirement than they ever thought possible – and a good part of that is their weekly dancing date at Fred Astaire Dance Studio.  Although they didn’t realize it when they first started dancing 15 years ago, their ballroom hobby has been an important part of keeping them on […]

Find Your Fun

November 13, 2017

  How many times have you canceled your plans to go to the gym, take a run or otherwise workout? Why do you think that happens? Is the exercise tedious? An obligation? Something you feel obligated to do but don’t quite enjoy? With dance, it’s easy to have fun and you don’t realize how much […]

Music Is Good For You

October 30, 2017

How many times a day to you play music? Some people work, cook, even garden with music playing in the background, but too many people go through their days without the mellifluous notes of soothing, inspiring, invigorating music to guide them. The effects of music on people are profound. I see it every day in […]

Customer Appreciation

October 2, 2017

When people call our studio, our front desk professionals ask, “How can we make you smile?” The ballroom dance business is all about customer satisfaction, and showing appreciation and kindness to those who cross our threshold. What do you do for your customers? As we near year-end, people start to think about sending thank you […]

National Blog Posts

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 […]

Burning Calories & Feeling Happier With Dance; Just How Much of a Workout Is Ballroom Dancing?

May 1, 2018

“Burn, baby, burn, it’s a disco inferno.” Ah, we remember those lyrics from disco’s heyday. And while disco isn’t the hot, hot, hot thing of the past, all manner of line dances and high-energy dances have taken its place. Dance is, of course, a wonderful form of personal expression and also one that can involve […]

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

March 1, 2018

Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn. They come to our parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there. There’s no reason not to build your […]

Singles: Your Online Dating Profile is Live? Read our Tips for What’s Next!

February 2, 2018

Greetings, Dance Fans! Our last blog about the online dating scene was focused on “putting your best foot forward”, and creating your best online dating profile. Now that your online dating profile is live and generating potential matches, let’s move on to responding to those inquiries and going on an actual date! Congratulations! You took […]

Tips For Throwing a Great Holiday Dance Party

December 4, 2017

Holiday parties are a great way to meet and mingle, and enjoy the spirit of the season. And as a Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios student, if you choose to host a holiday party, you’ll want it to be a memorable dance party. We salute that as a noble goal, and we’re here to help […]