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Team Building

April 17, 2017

As much as we build our own team on a daily basis, we also help build other teams. This is a new area we are getting into, and we love it. Companies and nonprofits, large and small, look for ways to build their teams’ camaraderie and collegial success. They go to ropes courses. They take […]

What Stops You?

March 20, 2017

I run into people who say they always wanted to learn how to social dance. I tell them to call our studio, schedule a first lesson, show up, be open and willing to listen to our certified professional instructors, take notes, stay for a group lesson, and come to a party and meet our students. Sometimes […]

Dance Like No One’s Watching

February 27, 2017

Have you seen that meme that says, Dance like nobody’s watching … but take lessons because, face, it, they are? It’s out there. And it makes me laugh every time. That’s the truth you know. You can dance like nobody’s watching, with careless abandon, utter joy and selfless exhilaration – but everybody IS watching. We […]

Born Dancer

January 30, 2017

Fred Astaire himself used to say, Most people think you’re born with the ability to dance. All the great dancers he knew were taught and learned over time, with great practice and patience, how to dance. Real dancers are trained. It’s not an innate quality. You may know how to move to the music more […]

Two Left Feet

January 23, 2017

Ever heard the expression, “I have two left feet – I can’t possibly dance”? It’s said widely as a response when a person faces the prospect of dance lessons doesn’t really want to give it a try. Simple answer – two left feet, I can’t dance. It’s sort of silly, isn’t it? I mean, let’s […]

Team Building

January 16, 2017

Last summer, we took our team to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a long weekend of hiking and splashing about in cold Lake Superior and bonding over meals, games, campfires in a most beautiful part of our state. Next, in February, we’re taking our team to Florida to visit Universal Studios. We try to […]


December 26, 2016

Do you remember when you were in school and they offered enrichment? Those were the clubs and classes that were extra, beyond the normal curriculum, but which usually gave us so much joy? Art and music and sports. Guitar club. Volunteering crew. Drama – oh, the plays!! What we do helps people enrich their lives […]

Ballroom Lives On

November 28, 2016

So many kids today are knee-deep in competitive sports – even competitive dance. I know kids who dance five or six days a week, competing, performing, folding their school work and social lives around the dance schedule. They probably won’t grow up to be professional dancers. Just like kids who play travel soccer, competitive crew, […]

Strong Women Welcome

November 21, 2016

For the first time ever, our nation was close to being led by a strong, independent woman. This is a milestone for us as a nation – and an opportunity to look closer at what drives strong women – and how that relates to dance. You may not know it but at our studio, many of […]

Social Dancing- It’s Not That Hard

November 14, 2016

One easy reason people come to our studio is to gain agility and ease with social dancing. And at this time of year – with holiday parties on the horizon and a Presidential Inauguration after the New Year – opportunities to dance in social settings abound. For some, dancing in social settings is no big […]

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 […]