Welcome to Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – whether you want to learn Ballroom Dance or you’re interested in Latin, Swing, Country, Salsa, Tango or a any other popular dances, we make it fun & easy for men and women of all ages to learn to dance!
You will feel right at home in our friendly & relaxed atmosphere. We love to introduce beginners to the joys of dance or explore the subtleties of technique with the advanced dancers.
Whether you’re interested in social dancing, competitive dancing, performing or having a special dance choreographed for your wedding, or just want to dance for sport, as exercise or just recreation, our qualified, nationally certified instructors will help you reach your goals while ensuring that you have plenty of fun along the way!
We live each day by our mission statement: To enrich the lives of anyone and everyone who is associated with us.
Dance is in the mainstream and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun, good exercise and excitement dance can bring!
Listen to our owner Evan Mountain talk about dance on WDET, the Craig Fahle show from Nov 25, 2013:
Dance Mobility – Wheelchair & Amputee Ballroom Dancing
At Fred Astaire Bloomfield Hills, we believe everyone has the ability to experience the joy of dancing. This philosophy led to the establishment of Dance Mobility; Michigan’s only wheelchair and amputee ballroom dancing program for adults and children with physical disabilities. Our Dance Mobility program provides free monthly wheelchair and amputee ballroom group lessons, led by Fred Astaire’s professional, certified dance instructors with experience in teaching wheelchair and amputee ballroom dancing. Participants are welcome to bring their own dance partner or they will be paired with a partner. From Waltz to Tango to Salsa, we offer all styles of dance lessons in a fun, friendly, supportive environment, while promoting physical, social, and emotional well-being. Private lessons are also available for a fee. Dance Mobility’s free group lessons are supported by a grant from the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Foundation. For more information, call 248-454-1715.
* Check out our latest News feature in the Detroit Free Press: *
Couple shares activity they believe is secret to healthy marriage
March 7, 2016 – By Sandra Ali – Anchor/Reporter
Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hill’s very own Tom and Michaela Hector show the power of ballroom dancing when it comes to keeping the romance alive in any marriage!
About Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Our company began when Mr. Fred Astaire co-founded a chain of dance studios under his name, to make sure that his dance techniques could be preserved and passed onto the public… and on March 7th, 1947, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio opened, at 487 Park Avenue in New York City. Since then, our network of worldwide dance studios has produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers, who are the living embodiment of Fred Astaire’s style and grace. And since 1947, we have had the honor & privilege of improving the lives of our students, staff and everyone who is associated with our company, through the joy of lifelong dancing!
Ballroom Dance Lessons Should be FUN!
The teaching philosophy at every Fred Astaire Dance studio is simple and straightforward: learning how to ballroom dance is always fun! We work with students of all ages and abilities, and help them realize their ballroom dancing goals in a friendly and inspirational atmosphere. Whether you are interested in wedding dance instruction, are looking for a new hobby or way to connect with your partner, want to improve your social life, or are taking your dancing skills to the next level, Fred Astaire’s teaching method will result in faster learning rates and higher levels of achievement – regardless of your physical attributes or comprehension. And at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, you’ll always find a warm and welcoming community that will inspire you to reach new heights, feel and look confident, and have fun doing it!
Learn Faster, Achieve More
Our proven dance curriculum includes a tiered program of regularly-scheduled Private Lessons, plus Group Lessons and Practice Parties to ensure that you learn as much as possible, in the shortest amount of time, with the most retention, and the most FUN! Our dance instructors’ repertoire covers the full range of ballroom dances – American, Latin, International Style, Ballroom Style, even Exhibition and Theater Arts dances. Created for both social & competitive dancers, our proprietary dance instruction program ensures you’ll be on your way to confident dancing by the end of your very first lesson! Click here for more information and to find a Fred Astaire Dance Studio near you.
Track Your Progress
The Fred Astaire Trophy System is an easy way for you to track your progress & stay motivated, while you enjoy dancing. Our Beginner and Social Foundation Programs teach newer students the step patterns and techniques needed to move around the dance floor. Students then move on to Bronze, which will enable you to comfortably and confidently dance on any sized dance floor, to any music, with any partner. From there, you can hone your skills and talents within the Silver level, and then all the way to the Gold!
Our Talented Dance Instructors
Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors are gifted dance educators who hail from all over the world. Many have Fine Arts degrees and are actively-competing, award-winning professional dancers. Our dance instructors complete the rigorous work required to become certified in the Fred Astaire Curriculum, a teaching method that not only teaches the mechanics of partner dancing, but also presents the building blocks of how people ABSORB and RETAIN information. This program ensures a consistent, high-level of dance instruction because it teaches in a way that people naturally learn! Our proprietary dance curriculum is also continuously reviewed by world-famous former dance champions and registered judges on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board, to ensure only the finest, most up-to-date programs for our students.
Exciting Events & Dance Competitions
Fred Astaire Dance Studios offer a variety of fun local events to make your dance experience exciting and rewarding! Guest Parties, Showcases, Spotlights, Community Outreach Events, special Coaching Sessions and off-site Group Outings encourage social interaction and help you apply what you’re learning. And our branded Regional, National and International Pro-Am and Professional Dance Competitions give you inspiring opportunities to compete, travel and hone your dancing skills in supportive and exciting environments.
Fred Astaire Dance Store
Each Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio features an in-studio and online Dance Store, where you can purchase branded products (such as dance shoes, practice wear and more) to keep you looking and feeling your best, on and off the dance floor.
Get Started Today, with a Fred Astaire Dance Studio Intro Offer!
Take advantage of the special introductory offer at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and take the first step towards realizing your ballroom dance goals! Click here to find a location near you – and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.
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2172 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, USA
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FADS Michigan Winter Ball
“Oh my gosh, Evan, this was SO good!”
That’s the kind of sentiment I heard from participants in our recent Winter Ball, a seasonal dance competition we hold several times a year in-studio. The reason it was so exclamation-worthy is that the Winter Ball went off without a hitch despite huge obstacles in our path.
First, we’d been signing up students to participate for months. We had lots of eager participants, preparing in their dance lessons every week, working hard to bring their dancing skills to competition-level quality.
The Monday before the competition, one of our top instructors, Donald Westphal, texted me to let me know he was in the emergency room at McLaren Hospital. He ended up in emergency surgery the next day.
While we were understandably worried about Donald, who is an essential part of our Fred Astaire family, we were also concerned about who would dance with his students at the competition. Thus began the staff shuffle – which is how I fondly refer to the quick rescheduling and swapping of students to make sure they can compete as planned and not feel neglected in the absence of their instructor.
The same day Donald had surgery, Janique and Lada came down with flu. Lada runs all logistics for our studio, and Janique had students of her own to dance with at the competition. More shuffling. More stress building.
Finally, on Friday, when our judges were flying in, metro Detroit was hit with a huge snowstorm. Uh oh. Panic, stress, craziness.
Luckily, by then, Lada and Janique were on the mend and back to work. As the snow fell beautifully outside our studio, calls, texts and emails poured in from students wondering if the competition would go off as planned on Saturday, the day after the storm, when snow was forecast to continue falling.
After a big event like a dance competition, I ask our instructors and staff, “What did we learn?” At the staff meeting after that fateful weekend, I posed the question, “What did we learn from Winter Ball?”
The answer: We learned to pull together as a team through stressful times so that everyone could succeed.
Working as a team, pulling together contingencies, we ended up with the most successful in-studio competition we’ve ever hosted. We were organized, energetic and focused – and on the day of the event, people danced, people entered more competitions than they had planned, we had more than 500 entries from our students alone for the one-day competition.
The day after, and for days following that, students came into the studio all excited, exclaiming how great it was, and commending us on planning a fantastic competition. They can’t wait to do it again.
And neither can we.
I was surprised and excited to learn recently that more and more German teenagers are including ballroom dancing in their festive gatherings.
In a recent article, I read that it used to be automatic for German teens in middle- and upper-class communities to take ballroom dancing classes. They had no choice, as they needed the instruction to guide them toward mandatory social events.
But that trend petered out by the 1990s. Since then, it’s been a ballroom dance desert among German teens. Until recently.
Starting in 2004-2005, the Association of German Dance Schools reported a 10 percent increase in attendance at dance schools across the country. Teens themselves are calling ballroom dance “hip,” and going with friends to class after class – not wanting to stop until they win medals in competitions!
Some say this trend is influenced by all the dance reality shows and movies that we love on this side of the Atlantic. In Europe, there’s a British show called “Strictly Come Dancing.” Germany has a show called “Let’s Dance,” which drew a devoted audience of young people between ages 19 and 39.
It also helps that dance studios in Germany have gotten a makeover. The dusty formal strict schools of the past have evolved into welcoming places that encourage all people to dance, including same-sex couples.
What’s more, apparently politeness and manners are back in vogue, and dance feeds into that. It’s a safe, clean sport, where teens can meet others and not worry about typical social pressures they might find at unscripted, unsupervised parties.
Georg Steinig, who leads the Breuer Dance School in Cologne, says dancing is “all about social competence…everyone is accepted, tolerated, not judged.”