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Fred Astaire Dance Studios, in the News!

At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, it’s always exciting when our talented staff & students, and exciting events & locations are celebrated in the media! From local community stories to national news, our goal is to help share the inspiring examples of how the positive and transforming power of dance enriches lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Browse these links, and perhaps discover something new and engaging about dance. Then, step in to Fred Astaire Dance Studios and experience the joy and confidence that dance lessons can bring to your life.

FADS Brandon Offers Lessons to Women Battling Breast Cancer

Bay News 9 | October 2019

FADS Brandon to Dance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

News Channel 8 | November 2018

Dancing With The Stars Tampa Bay

Good Day Tampa Bay | October 2018

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

TampaBay.com | October 11, 2018

Tampa Bay’s Dancing With the Stars:

Sparkling in Grand Champions crowns, Austin Schonbrun and Kelle Chancellor won for their dips, flips, fancy footwork and the most $1 votes to help Tampa Bay’s Dancing With the Stars waltz up $300,000 for Hands Across the Bay and its ongoing charitable work. Austin follows the lead of his sister, Amber McDonnell, last year’s winner.

Julie and Steve Weintraub staged a British Invasion for 600 black-tie guests Saturday,from Pimm’s Cup cocktails to fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash, while 10 celebrities paired with Fred Astaire Dance Studio pros showed off months of practice, foxtrot to cha cha. Iliana Stoilova got the most pre-event online votes. Judges chose Don Allen and Kendall Kirkham as Best Male and Female contestants and Elizabeth Palascak won the People’s Choice audience vote.

Cherie and Harvey Schonbrun were surprised to be named Philanthropists of the Year; Eric Piburn, 11, was delighted to receive the Kindness Award. Gleeful guests, domestic violence survivors and gala beneficiaries from HUG (Help US Gather); Heroes of St. Pete Police and Fire; Honor Flight of West Central Florida; Troop Rewards and Pepin Academies danced onto the stage as the votes were tallied. READ MORE.


Dancing and Dementia

February 2018

Dancing has so many mental and physical benefits (not to mention emotional ones!) Studio owner Kelle Chancellor and student Joanna Kellogg are interviewed about the benefits of dance. No copyright infringement intended. For educational purposes only.


Bay area seniors dance to reduce their risk of dementia – Live on ABC Action News 
WFTS Tampa Bay | November 2, 2017

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and people across the Bay Area have found a new way to battle the effects of the incurable disease.

Just ask Joanna Kellogg, a cancer survivor, who credits ballroom dancing to lifting her spirits after getting treatment. Turns out, it might be doing even more than that.

Kellogg says, “my cognitive skills increased so that was an extra bonus that came along with the dancing.”

The New England Journal of Medicine did a study that showed seniors who participated regularly in ballroom dancing had a nearly 80 percent reduced risk of dementia. Dancing was the most effective of any activity in the study.

Kelle Chancellor with Fred Astaire Ballroom Dancing says, “(with) ballroom dancing you have a whole different aspect of trying to remember things.” READ MORE…


Live on Great Day Tampa Bay!

October 2017

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Brandon is hosting a Masquerade Charity Ball benefiting Grow Into You Foundation. We’ve taught four teens in foster care how to dance for the event. Great Day Tampa Bay interviewed founder Erin NeSmith, and studio owners David and Kelle Chancellor danced a hustle with the teens in this heartwarming segment.


La La Land Demo on Great Day Tampa Bay!
Studio owners David and Kelle Chancellor demonstrate a beautiful waltz in the style of La La Land on Great Day Tampa Bay. No copyright infringement intended. For educational purposes only.


La La Land is the movie to catch… It’s all the buzz so we sent studio owners, Kelle and David, to show us how its done on Great Day Tampa Bay!


Check out studio owner, David on FOX News on Dancing With The Stars Tampa Bay!


February 2019: Tony Dovolani, Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Co-National Dance Director, Shares Special Birthday Dance with 106 Year Old Student! 

November 2018: Winds of Change – New Leadership Team at the Helm of  an Exciting NEW Fred Astaire Dance Studios 

November 2018: Fred Astaire Dance Studios Makes Premiere Appearance in Macy’s NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade! 

August 2018: More Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Locations Add Para Dance Sport to their Curriculum

June 2018: Fred Astaire Dance Studios Bloomfield Hills MI Hosts Country’s First Paralympics.org Sanctioned Para Dance Instructor Training

March 2017: Crain’s Detroit Business Features Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills MI