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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 […]

When The Nest Empties

August 28, 2017

One night this summer, a couple who’d been married for decades were home alone for a full month while their children were at camp. The first week was fantastic – quite, relaxed, they had an opportunity to reconnect and do things on their own time. By the third week, they were climbing the walls, desperate […]

Career Lessons from Ballroom Dance

August 21, 2017

Ballroom dancing can teach you important life lessons that will transform your career success, if you pay attention. Here’s what I’ve learned from ballroom dancing that has been useful in my work. Success Requires Hard Work You can’t win awards, gain a promotion or achieve goals without hard work. The effort leads to the outcome, […]

Exercise Can Be Fun

July 17, 2017

Ballroom dancing is elegant. It’s stunning. It’s disciplined and defined and beautiful to watch. It’s fun. And it’s great exercise. Where can you exercise and say that you’re having fun? Let’s face it. We all go to the gym and walk the treadmill, lift weights, pump our legs back and forth on machines. But is […]

Gender Neutral

July 10, 2017

While traditional ballroom dancing involved a man and a woman in partnership, it’s not required that dancing couples be different genders. We’ve had women who are friends sign up as a couple to take lessons. We’ve had same-sex couples come in to learn to dance together. All you need to do is designate one person […]

We Aren’t The Only Ones Who Believe Dance Relieves Stress…

July 9, 2017

We live in stressful times. Traffic, workloads, the endless bombardment digitally of news, advertising and social media can lead to feeling as if we are already behind in our “keep up” world before our day even begins. How do we blow off this stress? The unhealthy ways are eating too much, drinking too much or complaining […]

Dance Is a Social Endeavor

July 3, 2017

When you go to a business networking event, you know you’re going to meet people. Same goes for a conference or cocktail party. Did you know that taking dance lessons is also a great way to network socially? Most people don’t realize this is an extra benefit, when they sign up to learn to dance. […]

Thinking About Home

June 19, 2017

Lada and I recently made a big move from our suburban home to a new house in an historic neighborhood of Detroit. We’re so excited! And, it’s a lot of work. Given the historic nature of our new home, we’ve had to find expert contractors for plaster work, wood work, and more. You’d think it […]

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 […]