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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 […]

The Unexpected Side of Dance

September 25, 2017

When you decide to take dance lessons, you know you’ll probably have fun and learn a few things. You think you might get a little exercise, but not much. Our students are surprised again and again by the myriad benefits ballroom dancing offers them. Yes, it’s exercise, but not just a little – a lot!! […]

Dance in a Digital Age

September 18, 2017

How many times a day do you check your phone? Text someone? Snapchat or post on Instagram? How distantly do you keep in touch with people? How often are you face-to-face? Now, ask that question about dating. How do you meet people these days? We live in a digital age, where so many communications are […]

Every Single Dancer is Fascinating

September 11, 2017

Last week I stopped at the club to have dinner, and a friend said to me, “How’s the dancing going? I see you on Facebook all the time.” I said, “It’s great.” He said, “You know, that wheelchair dance thing you do must be amazing.” I said, “Yeah it is, it really is amazing for […]

National Blog Posts

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 […]

Singles: Involved in Online Dating? Put Your Best Foot Forward!

October 23, 2017

Add Ballroom Dance to your Repertoire! Internet dating has really changed in recent years. Five to 10 years ago, it was territory only for the bold and the “outliers”, but now it’s become completely socially acceptable. And as our societies become increasingly fast-paced and we’re all challenged to carve out leisure time, more and more […]

Three Ways Dance Lessons Are Better Than A Gym Membership

October 15, 2017

Here come the holidays. And here come the parties, the snacks, the beverages, the little overindulgences that make clothing a bit too tight for comfort. Hey, we like to look good in our smart outfits. Even a couple of pounds can cause distress. We know how easy it is to add a few and how […]

Do’s and Don’t of Social Dancing

October 1, 2017

Dancing is a staple of many social activities conducted in public – weddings, social and business parties, dinner dates – and as such, is subject to the usual social conventions. Grace and charm are part of dance (and part of the fun!), and your personality is as well. Ballroom dancing can be active and passionate […]