Lifestyle & Self Improvement

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The Power of Dance; Combating Old Age and Loneliness

February 20, 2019

We’ve all heard the saying, “age is just a number.” Well, it’s true! No matter how old you are, you can always be young at heart! And one of the best ways to feel young again is through dance! Dancing lets you stay active, express yourself and can even boost your mood! Get that youthful […]

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, […]

Preventing Dementia

November 26, 2018

If you could do something to prevent memory loss later in life, would you know what to do? Doctors and researchers list five preventative actions as being beneficial for preventing, or delaying, Alzheimers or Dementia, and the way I see it, ballroom dance has got them all. #1 Physical Exercise You bet, dance is it. […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Blog Posts

Beat the Winter Blues on the Dance Floor

January 15, 2019

Feeling sad? No energy? Down and out? It’s called the winter blues, and you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), caused by low levels of light during the cold, winter months. Research has shown exercise can help, and dancing may be one of the best forms of exercise. Besides, what’s […]

Kick off the New Year on the Right Foot

January 1, 2019

Shortly after the guilt of a gluttonous December sets in, we’re all ready to hit the “restart” button on our health. However. did you know that an estimated 80 percent of the New Year’s resolutions crowd drops their gym membership by the second week of February?* That’s why more and more people are getting their fitness […]

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 a […]

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

March 1, 2018

Fred Astaire Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn – and have fun along the way. They come to our partice parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there, and […]