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In Love With Dance

February 25, 2019

Shari Finsilver believes bucket lists are for checking off – not just waiting for someday to arrive. Wanting to dance – Fred Astaire Dance Student shares her story “It’s important to just pursue whatever you’re passionate about,” says the Orchard Lake mother of two and grandmother of five. “Truly, you never know what tomorrow brings. […]

Preventing Dementia

November 26, 2018

If you could do something to prevent memory loss later in life, would you know what to do? Doctors and researchers list five preventative actions as being beneficial for preventing, or delaying, Alzheimers or Dementia, and the way I see it, ballroom dance has got them all. #1 Physical Exercise You bet, dance is it. […]

Para Dance Comes to Michigan

August 13, 2018

In late June, we hosted the first ever North American World Para Dance training, a two-day opportunity for American ballroom dance instructors to learn how to safely and properly coach and train wheelchair users. Participating instructors received certification of completion of the course from the IPC (International Paralympic Committee). In partnership with World Para Dance […]

Summertime in Michigan

August 6, 2018

I almost want to say it’s the best time of the year – but in our studio, every season is a great time to dance. That said, summer in Michigan is a great time to be outside and enjoy the abundance of things we have to do here – water, woods, city life. This is […]

Dancing With a Purpose

May 29, 2018

It’s that time again. Time to start working with the Pink Fund for Dancing with the Survivors and with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Foundation for Dancing With Our Stars. These are two fundraisers we do every year to promote meaningful nonprofits through dance. The Pink Fund supports people battling breast cancer; Dancing with the […]

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 […]

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!! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Blog Posts

Beat the Winter Blues on the Dance Floor

January 15, 2019

Feeling sad? No energy? Down and out? It’s called the winter blues, and you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), caused by low levels of light during the cold, winter months. Research has shown exercise can help, and dancing may be one of the best forms of exercise. Besides, what’s […]

Kick off the New Year on the Right Foot

January 1, 2019

Shortly after the guilt of a gluttonous December sets in, we’re all ready to hit the “restart” button on our health. However. did you know that an estimated 80 percent of the New Year’s resolutions crowd drops their gym membership by the second week of February?* That’s why more and more people are getting their fitness […]

It’s No Coincidence That Football Players Have Such Success on DWTS

September 1, 2018

We all love watching “Dancing With the Stars” to see how the celebrities progress and grow as dancers. Especially the athletes. Ever notice how many of those on the show have been football players? Let us just name the ones who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Emmitt Smith (Season 3 champion), Jerry Rice, […]

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 a […]

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 […]