Category: Dance Info, News & Trends

Thinking about dance lessons? Here are the answers to our most common questions!

When is the best time to learn how to dance? Right now. That is always the correct answer. Ballroom dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Brookfield provides an outlet for creativity and passion, while meeting social needs and providing exercise. You couldn’t possibly have any more questions, could you? Oh, you do. Do I...

Mental Health Awareness & The Mental Health Benefits of Dancing

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Feeling stressed? Not a surprise. This has not been an easy road. Health in the time of the coronavirus has become an issue extending far beyond the physical damage that can be done by COVID-19. Life as we know it has been severely disrupted. The mind/body connection, so important to overall wellness, can break down...

National Ballroom Dance Week Reminds Us To Never Stop Learning

September always reminds us of learning and the challenges of mastering new worlds. As children in school, we studied the basics. In college we branched out into areas that complemented reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic – philosophy, art, dance. We soaked it all in and it made us who we are today. Learning is a lifelong...

Did you know we host Virtual Dance Parties every week?

You love dancing with us. We love dancing with you. Well, the party is still going on – virtually – and we’re making it even easier for your family and friends to join us and share the experience. We’re offering free Thursday night Virtual Social Dance Parties at the Brookfield studio … and they are...

Is Dancing on the Menu This Labor Day?

This Labor Day might not be the same as past ones but that’s no reason we can’t still enjoy the holiday. We just need to find different ways of doing it. Planning a backyard barbecue with the family? Party on. But let’s think about staying active if we can’t march in the parade or go...

Dance Chat Weekly; A New Interactive Way to Learn!

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Learning and growing as a dancer revolves around lots of practice and the great ballroom dance instruction you receive at your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield We offer plenty of lessons via the internet and have now added another tool for our dancers to build their knowledge and skills. It’s called “Dance Chat Weekly.”...

Regular Stretching Improves Ballroom Dance Skills

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Did you know that dancing can help increase flexibility and give you relief from muscle aches? Keep your body in tip-top shape and ensure your ballroom dance skills flourish by starting a regular stretching routine. Regular stretching can improve physical performance, decrease injury, improve joint movement and improve muscles, Mayo Clinic reports. When we do not stretch,...

Get A Head Start!

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“To dance is to live,” wrote Charles M. Schulz, the beloved creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang. And that’s just what our plan is – to dance and to live. Dance has always enhanced life, made it sweeter. Maybe now more than ever. As the world edges toward a new normal, we’re...

Fred Astaire Dance Studios® NEW Online Lessons Platform

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Staying mentally, emotionally and physically sound during trying times is one of the best prescriptions we can offer. Dance is a great way to bust stress and stay in shape. You don’t even need to leave the house – because now, dance will come to you, with Fred Astaire Dance Studios® new Online Lessons platform!...

Dancing Through The Stress of Uncertainty

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Staying safe in these scary times is the most important thing. Staying sane is right up there on the list as well. Dancing can help. While you may not be able to go to the studio to enjoy the usual camaraderie with our team, professionals and other dance friends and partners, you can, keep dancing...

Our 21st Annual Spotlight Is Right Around The Corner!

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The passion and dedication our students show is so awesome. We watch them work and we admire the way they approach dance and pursue excellence. Now we will all get to see the results of their efforts through the last year. Coming up on Friday, Sept. 20: The 21st Annual Spotlight Review. This is a...

Complimentary Dance Mobility Group Class

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Our Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield is extremely proud to take a leadership role in expanding the awareness and availability of Para DanceSport in the U.S., and in helping everyone experience the joy of dance! We are officially certified in Para Dance training and are happy to provide wheelchair dancing to the Milwaukee area! We are excited to be hosting, once again,...

Weight Loss Through Dance and Diet

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We all know people who work out furiously at the gym without losing much, if any, weight. Some of them rationalize it – if I exercise, I can eat what I want. That’s what they say, even as the weight creeps on a bit at a time and rarely leaves for long. You cannot consume...

Cheers To Our Upcoming Party!

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We’re going to mix two of the finer things in life and we certainly hope you will be with us to experience it. You like to dance? Ah, we knew that. You like to sip a little wine? Well, we’ve learned something new about you. Or confirmed something we suspected (!!!). Now, why not combine...

Wounded Warrior Fundraiser

Veteran’s Day is celebrated Monday, Nov. 12, but we are doing more than celebrating the noble men and women who served our country. We’re helping raise money to meet their needs. Often times many of these inspiring individuals come home with wounds you can and can’t see, like a missing limb, combat stress, or depression....

A Few Of Our Favorite Dance Movies!

When you think of movies featuring great dancers, the first name that comes to mind is Fred Astaire, founder of Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Often partnered with the gifted Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire brought fabulous moves, smooth sophistication and romance to the big screen. And, of course, Ginger Rogers did the same – backwards,...

Annual Dance Showcase – Spotlight 2018

It’s that time of the year again! Spotlight 2018 is back and better than ever! Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Brookfield and Milwaukee present our annual dance showcase and recital featuring performances by your fellow Fred Astaire students and professionals! The theme this year, you ask? The 80’s! Ah, we remember the ‘80s well. That’s...

National Ballroom Dance Week!

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National Ballroom Dance Week (NBDW) will be celebrated Sept. 21-30. This is a featured event of USA Dance that is intended to spread the good word about the engaging world of social dancing! This, of course, is near and dear to our hearts at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield and we are proud...

Helpful Tips to Achieve Perfect Ballroom Competition Hair!

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There are three key components that make up a dance competition; the dancing, the audience, and the dancers themselves. Can you guess what the first thing is that the audience notices? That’s right, the dancer’s appearance – their costume, hair, and makeup to be specific. A dancers outfit, hair, and makeup play a big part...

An In-Depth Guide: Preparing Your Body For a Dance Competition

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Fred Astaire Dance Studios across the globe host many regional and national competitions throughout the year. In order to feel fully prepared for a FADS dance competition, you want to make sure you are treating your body right for the few weeks leading up to the competition so you are able to handle the demands...

The Importance of Good Technique

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When it comes to dance, no truer words were spoken than what was said by British poet and dramatist, John Dryden in the 1600’s, “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.” Whether dancing in front of an audience or dancing down a street on a sunny afternoon, the feet write and display the graceful beauty...

How To Tell The Difference Between Popular Types Of Latin Dances

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Ballroom dance is enjoyed all over the world in a variety of forms, many having common roots. This is particularly true of the popular Latin dances. While we often think of them as South American specialties, their histories are more complicated than that. Many derive from African rhythms and patterns that were later adapted in...

Join Us: Dancin’ and Romancin’ For Valentine’s Day!

We are sharing the love … with all of you! Bring your sweetie in for a ‘swing’ around the dance floor at our Brookfield dance studio! Join us for an evening of celebrating our love of dance with all of the people you love at our Valentine’s Day Party on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 7:30-9...

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: January Birthdays

Ginger Rogers is likely the dance partner we think of first, but Fred Astaire, our co-founder and namesake, was fortunate to have performed and starred with numerous well-known & talented dancers, on both stage and screen during his career. This blog post highlights the stories of two of Astaire’s esteemed dance partners – George Burns...

Complete Our New Challenge and Receive a Free Pair of Dance Shoes!

There’s no time like right now for beginners to really turn up the heat on their dance program. And we’re just the people to help you do it. Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield is running the 10-Day Challenge through Feb. 28 for all beginner program students. Here’s your chance to really get energized!...

Join Us As We Close Out 2017 With Our Victory Party!

Well, this is it. Our big, final blowout for the year. And what a year it’s been, thanks to our students (and instructors and staff). A year like this requires a Holiday Victory Party, and so we are having one, in conjunction with our friends from the Milwaukee studio, in Brookfield on Thursday, Dec 14....

What Do I Need To Know Before I Come For My First Lesson?

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step toward learning new dance steps. You stopped by Fred Astaire Dance Studios, chatted with the manager and an instructor and decided the time is right to learn how to dance, to perk up your social life and to get in better shape (yes, dance does all of those things...

Three Ways Dance Lessons Are Better Than A Gym Membership

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...

Do’s and Don’t of Social Dancing

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Dancing is a staple of many social activities conducted in public – weddings, social and business parties, dinner dates – and as such, is subject to the usual social conventions. Grace and charm are part of dance (and part of the fun!), and your personality is as well. Ballroom dancing can be active and passionate...

Spotlight 2017 Is Here!

It’s that time of year again! Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Brookfield and Milwaukee present our annual showcase, Spotlight 2017! Purchase your tickets today, online or in the studio, to experience extraordinary performances by your fellow Fred Astaire students and professionals! This event comes complete with a ‘Kids R Us’ theme featuring performances from your...

How Well Do You Know Ballroom Dance Trivia?

Test your knowledge and see how much you know about ballroom dance trivia, with this super-fun quiz, originally published on Discovery.com. 1. This early form of ballroom dominated the dance scene from the 17th century to the 19th century. A. Minuet B. Waltz C. Reel 2. Which 3/4 count ballroom dance style represented a transition...

Getting Back Into the Swing Of Things

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Autumn beckons. Summer is near an end. As Labor Day approaches, we want to remind you what makes September a great time for you to come back to your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio (or make your initial visit). The kids are back in school, work schedules return to the norm and we’ll be planning...

We Aren’t The Only Ones Who Believe Dance Relieves Stress…

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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...

4 Reasons Why We Love to Salsa

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It’s summer, and summer brings the heat. The same goes for one of our favorite dances – salsa. It’s hot, hot, hot. Salsa continues to grow in popularity because of its fast pace and the lively music that accompanies this Caribbean-based dance. Latin dances build to a crescendo, creating tension and release. That makes salsa a...

Start Dancing With These 4 Questions

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Have  you thought of taking dance lessons, but never actually took the plunge? Ballroom dance instruction, whether in private lessons or group classes, provides many benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Dance is not only a wonderful social and creative outlet, but one that can provide a very satisfying workout. Before you sign up for classes,...

Don’t Miss Our Spotlight Reveal!

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Can you keep a secret? We can. And we will, until Thursday, June 15. That will be the day of the BIG reveal, the yearly moment you eagerly wait for. Join us for an evening of dancing and surprises as we work our way up to revealing this year’s annual show theme for Spotlight 2017!...

Dancing for a Difference

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Your Brookfield Fred Astaire Dane Studio studio loves being a part of the community and taking part in civic-minded functions. So this year we are holding our Dancing for a Difference Event 2017 in conjunction with Citizen Advocates, which makes a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Please join us on Friday,...

It’s Back To The Iconic Roaring 20’s!

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Few eras in American history seemed like such good fun as the Roaring ‘20s. Speakeasies, parties, jazz, skimpy dresses, dancing – what a blast! We’ll recreate that fabulous bygone day at our Great Gatsby Party on Thursday, April 13, from 7:30—9:30 p.m. at the studio. Are you ready for this rewind in time and a...

Facts About Fred

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To watch Fred Astaire dance on film – even today – is to marvel at his grace, skill and athleticism. What many don’t know is the extent to which this virtuoso practiced, worked on… and worried about his craft.  Astaire’s brilliance speaks of a confident character without a care. But Fred Astaire, namesake and co-founder of...

History of the Cha Cha

Once upon a time, it was known as the Cha-Cha-Cha. Somewhere along the way, it lost a Cha. Now it’s just the Cha Cha, but it has lost none of its appeal! This dance is characterized by three quick steps (Cha-Cha-Cha!) followed by two slower steps. With American Style Cha Cha averaging 30 beats per minute,...

Join Us For a Great Cause & a Wonderful Evening!

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We are firm believers in giving back to the communities that give so much to us, so we are asking you to join us at the National Kidney Foundation Spotlight on Life Gala on Saturday, Jan, 21. This is a wonderful event for a worthy cause and it’s being held at the Hilton Milwaukee Center ....

Tips For Choosing a Ballroom Dance Studio

For many, social partner dancing is a way to enjoy ourselves and get the most out of life.  It helps reduce the stresses of everyday life for a few hours and provides entertainment. Dancing is also a healthy activity to do with a loved one or a friend. Whether you’re interested in taking dance lessons...

How Dance Relieves Stress & Loneliness During the Holidays

Many of our students tell us that they think of their Fred Astaire Dance Studio as a home-away-from-home, and a family. These are people with a common interest – a love of dance – who also discovered a genuine fondness for each other, a wonderful outlet for their creativity, and a sense of accomplishment as...

Join Us For Our 1940’s Hangar Party!

Get ready for a blast from the past! We’re having a 1940’s Hangar Party at the studio on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 7:30-10 p.m. Dust off your pill box hats, uniforms, swing skirts, and dancing shoes for a night you won’t want to miss! This event is open to the public and all dance levels...

Make Sure You Do This Stretch Everyday!

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...

Why Do You Think You Like To Dance?

We know that ballroom dance is beneficial physically, mentally and socially. But what is it, exactly, that makes us like to dance? Beyond the tangible physical, mental and social benefits, why does the movement and the expression of dance give us such pleasure? Now, here at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we’d probably say we like...

The History of the Foxtrot

When we discuss the basics of ballroom dancing, we often fall back on two of its staple styles – the foxtrot and the waltz. Today we are going to take a closer look at the foxtrot – a smooth, progressive dance characterized by its slow step, and long, sinuous movements.  Named for its creator, vaudeville...

It’s just about that time… Spotlight 2016: Lip Sync Battle with the Stars!

Do you ever notice how you sing along with your favorite songs all while using your fancy footwork to do a little dance? Join us for our Spotlight Review 2016. You will be sure to experience the singing and the dancing we just spoke of above. This annual event is a combined offering of the...

Join Our Milwaukee Friends in Celebrating Their Grand Reopening!

What’s more fun than one of our parties? How about one of our parties in our new Milwaukee location? As some of you may know, our friends at our Milwaukee location have recently moved into a brand new studio! As part of their Grand Opening Celebration, they’re throwing a Guest Party on Thursday, September 22nd from 7:30-9:30...

You Bring the Guest, We’ll do the Rest!

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We’ll be tidying up the studio and getting everything in order, because we love to have guests. And we are asking you to bring them to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield for (what else?) our fabulous Guest Parties. We’ve got two of them planned: Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 7:30-8:15...

Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter

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We at Fred Astaire Dance Studios love to share information about the benefits of dance – socializing, building confidence, learning a new pastime, getting in better shape – and so many more, including… guess what? Dancing makes you smarter! In an article called Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, Richard Powers, who leads...

The Emotional Benefits To Dancing

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We all have a basic need for acceptance, friendships, a social circle. And one of the best ways of building this type of support system and network is through the activity of dance. At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we work very hard to provide exactly this type of atmosphere, and offer many ways for people...

Easter Seals of Wisconsin’s Summer Camp

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We love being part of your life. We enjoy dancing together, we enjoy each other’s company, we socialize and we form a family. We feel the same way about the community. We love it, we’re a part of it and we’re going to show it by helping out while spreading the joy of dance. Our...

4 Stretching Tips to Avoid Injury and Help Flexibility

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We’re always happy when our students come into our Fred Astaire Dance Studio, ready and eager to take part in their favorite dance class. Today, we have a little tip for all of our students, whether long-time dancers or those just starting out: Try to arrive a few minutes early and maybe plan to stay...

We Want to Celebrate Our Students!

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A dance studio is more than just a room with a shiny floor. Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield is like a family. Our professional instructors, our staff and our students work and play together, build relationships, enjoy each other’s company. Students give us so much joy, and so we want to give you...

Diet Tips For Dancers

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Dancing is an excellent way of staying in shape. It can provide a great cardio workout while also increasing flexibility. But, as with any sort of physical activity, fueling your body is incredibly important. Most of our up-tempo dance classes at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, such as Latin dance, get fairly taxing. You need to...

Foot Care Tips to Keep You on Your Toes

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“Dancing Feet” is one of the best-loved songs from the famed musical, “42nd Street.” So, how are you taking care of your dancing feet – or are you, at all? Whether you like to waltz or cha-cha or cross the dance floor in a glorious tango, your feet are the principal carriers of the rest of...

The Overall Benefits of Dance

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We get it. We’ve been there. You’re stressed, a little frazzled, and you want to be in better shape. But you’re not really the type with a hobby to take your mind off daily issues, and you’re not a gym rat or interested in team sports. What to do? Hey, you’ve already found our Dance...

A Great Gatsby Affair…

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Was there ever a time that partied like the Roaring Twenties? Flappers, dandies, the birth of the jazz age, all marked an historic period that followed the end of World War I and included the banning (in theory) of alcohol in 1919, an economic boom and an eventual bust that became the Great Depression. Say...

Fred Astaire Wisconsin Presents Dance Fantasy 2016!

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Dance Fantasy is our annual regional dance showcase that consists of performances from our students and professionals from our eight Fred Astaire Wisconsin studios. This is no small event. In fact, it is a very big deal because our students begin preparing for this last November and their excitement continues to grow. Dance Fantasy is...

Fred Astaire and Hermes Pan: A Collaboration That Changed 20th Century Dance Choreography

The legendary dance talents of Fred Astaire were surely influenced, even enhanced, by the many dance partners, collaborators and choreographers he worked with during his iconic career. This blog post tips a hat to Hermes Pan… dancer, choreographer, collaborator and good friend of Fred Astaire for over 60 years. Born on December 10, 1909 in...

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: November Birthdays

Fred Astaire’s iconic talents as a professional dancer wouldn’t have been possible if not for his numerous & talented dance partners. Ginger Rogers may have been the most well-known, but our co-founder and namesake was fortunate to have had the opportunity to star with numerous dancers on both stage and screen. This post celebrates two dancing...

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: October Birthdays

Beyond his own talent, Fred Astaire’s success as a professional dancer wouldn’t have been possible if not for his numerous, talented dance partners. Our co-founder and namesake was fortunate to have starred with numerous dancers, on both stage and screen. This post celebrates three of his dancing co-stars with October birthdays: Claire Luce, Rita Hayworth...

Beyond Dancing: the Debonair Fred Astaire

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The name of the beloved Fred Astaire is instantly recognized throughout the world. But were there aspects of Fred Astaire, besides his professional dancing and acting career, that no camera ever revealed? Upon Astaire’s death from pneumonia at age 88, New York Times dance critic, Anna Kisselgoff, said: “The magnitude of his achievement is as great a social phenomenon as it is...

Fred Facts Quiz – How Serious a Fred Astaire Fan are You?

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Do you consider yourself a true fan of Fred Astaire? Take the challenge and quiz yourself on some “Fred Facts”, then check your score below to see what kind of “Fred Fan” you really are! 1. Where was Fred Astaire born? A. Hamburg, Germany B. Linz, Austria C. Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A 2. What was Fred...

9 Benefits You Can Experience Once You Start Dancing

Whether you flaunt your every move on the dance floor or sway to your favorite songs in the car, dance is an activity that everybody enjoys, in one way or another. Luckily, dancing is something that will not only bring a smile to your face, but can also help improve your physical and mental health....

Barrie Chase: She Danced With a Legend

Saturday evening at the FAWC (Fred Astaire World Championships) 2014 Dance Competition in Las Vegas, the suspense rose as our (now, former) President/CEO, Jack Rothweiler, began introducing his surprise guest to the audience. He mentioned the Fred Astaire TV Specials, talked of his first meeting with this guest and their conversation of four-plus hours. Still,...

Popular Dance Movies Quiz – How Much Do YOU Know?

Dance films started out as rather classy productions, with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly dancing in top hats, tails & spats… and often, with a lovely & talented leading lady. In later years, dance movies got downright racy as they were taken to the streets. Let’s see how much you know about some very popular...