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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 […]

Make Sure You Do This Stretch Everyday!

October 31, 2016

You may love your job, but if it requires a lot of sitting at a desk in front of a computer, you could be feeling the effects of those long hours. All the sitting can lead to tightness in the hips and legs. You probably know you should be taking periodic stretching breaks just to […]

Dance Eases Life’s Challenges

October 3, 2016

A few words with FADS student Melanie Howard… “I was experiencing a challenging time in my life when I started dancing at Fred Astaire Studio in 2014,” says Melanie Howard. “I was looking for a new activity in hopes of simply finding a distraction.” Melanie was at a point in her life that cried for […]

5 Tips to Keep Dancing Healthy and Fun!

August 29, 2016

Dancing can be easy and relaxing or it can be vigorous and exciting. Some people prefer one style over another and some folks like a good mix of different dance types. Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills wants to make sure you take good care of your body as you learn to dance and […]

National Blog Posts

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 […]

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 […]