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Don’t Be That Guy

November 12, 2018

Are you that guy? The guy standing on the side, watching everyone dance and having fun, wishing you could get out there and lead a gorgeous woman on the dance floor. The guy kicking at his own heels, regretting the opportunity to learn to dance and impress himself and everyone out there. I remember a […]

It’s Your Time To Dance Again

November 5, 2018

You see the commercials running on TV and in the paper. Backpacks and notebooks, shiny sneakers and new lunchboxes. It’s time for back to school! And that means, it’s time for you to dance. I’m not kidding! As kids leave for college or simply start a new school year, parents have time to remember who […]

Trust and Optimism

October 29, 2018

This is what I believe in. I just trust that things are going to work out. Yeah, I’m going to be smart about what we do and work hard to make sure it does, but I am optimistic that everything will work out in the end. That’s why I’m confident about Lada and I becoming […]

Dancing In My Car

September 24, 2018

I can’t help it. I’ll be stuck at a red light and a catchy tune comes on the radio. I start to bop and bounce in my seat. I smile. My head bobs. Maybe my fingers snap. I might even tap the steering wheel. Do you dance in your car when a good song comes […]

Stellar Summer at FADS

August 27, 2018

It’s amazing how busy we’ve been this summer. I must say, we’ve never experienced such a successful summer! Usually, around July 4th, we slow down. In fact, in the past, we’ve closed the studio for July 4th week because we knew we would have few students. Not this year. This year, perhaps because July 4th […]

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. […]

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 […]