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At Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Brandon, 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 – Brandon and experience the joy and confidence that dance lessons can bring to your life.

The Art of the Rumba

Author: Christina Martinez

Published: February 14, 2020

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — Professional ballroom dancers David and Kelle Chancellor are a real life married couple, and owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Brandon. They joined Great Day Live Tampa Bay to kick off our Valentine’s Day show with a romantic, passionate Rumba performance. They also helped give us a lesson for our Fitness Friday. You can get a free lesson this month at any Fred Astaire studios across Tampa Bay. It could be the perfect date night with your honey!

Learn the Rumba with Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Brandon

Great Day Live Tampa Bay | February 2020 

Romantic Rumba for Valentine’s Day with Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Brandon owners David and Kelle

Great Day Live Tampa Bay | February 2020 

Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Brandon Offers Lessons to Women Battling Breast Cancer

Bay News 9 | October 2019

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

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.”

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!