Lifestyle & Self Improvement

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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]