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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,...

4 Stretching Tips to Avoid Injury and Help Flexibility

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Even though we can’t physically be in the studio, we hope all of our students are continuing to practice their dance techniques at home. As a matter of fact, it’s very important to keep a routine and incorporate healthy activities that will keep your body moving and spirits high! We know dance can do that!...

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!...

You’re Never Too Old to Start Dancing!

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It is quite common to see older friends, family, and members of the community lose their agency and physical strength to the rigors of aging. It can be quite disempowering but aging doesn’t mean you have to give up your agency. There are a whole host of exceptional exercise methods that you can practice well...

Dancing Brings Out a Better You

Like all forms of physical fitness, dance is an exceptional way to get healthy and stay healthy, whether you are 10 years old or 100. The physical and mental health benefits of dance are so numerous and exciting that we must share a few of them with you! Reduce the Effects of Aging Due to...

No Matter What Stage Your Relationship Is In, Dancing Reigns Romantic

  Whether it’s your first dance together or your 100th, very few activities scream out romance as much as dancing.  And with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to reignite those romantic sparks with your special someone. Experience New Levels of Excitement Dancing not only offers the opportunity for new couples to explore...

Samba Your Way into Tip Top Shape Physically & Mentally

Ballroom dancing is an incredibly fun form of exercise that also has a number of social benefits as well. It’s not an exaggeration when we say that dancing is beneficial for your body, mind and soul! As you can imagine, dancing offers a great workout for the body in a number of ways. Let us...

Try Something Different in the New Year

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Wave goodbye to another year as it passes into memory and say hello to all of the excitement and potential that comes with a brand new year.  Instead of making resolutions that you will never keep, we would like to suggest something that will truly make a difference in your life for this year and...

Research Shows Why Ballroom Dance Lessons Make the Perfect Gift

Miss the Mall; Choose the Cha-Cha Research backs up the belief that more and more people are recognizing that experiential gifts benefit not only the receiver but the giver as well. Researchers at San Francisco State University found that people who spent money on experiences rather than material items were happier and felt the money was better spent. And can you...

Get a Head-Start on Burning Off the Holiday Bulge

When researching weight loss solutions, it’s always best to adopt the attitude of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Does this pill really “target and zap fat away?” Probably not. Does this one weird trick really make the pounds fall off? Definitely not. Luckily, eating right and finding the right...

Dance Away Your Stress

Sure, this time of year is fun and festive, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Stress is a natural part of life and like so many things, it ebbs and flows. The holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year for a lot of people. Cooking, baking, shopping, cleaning, work deadlines, relatives visiting… the...

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s is one of the cruelest diseases. It nibbles away at the mind, reducing cognitive function and memory, changing behavior. It has no cure. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan designated it so in 1983 and we are honoring that at our Fred Astaire Dance Studio. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there were...

3 Social Benefits of Dance

We are, by nature, social creatures. We rely on interaction with others to make common cause, to feel worthy and needed, to develop and maintain relationships and friendships. This isn’t always easy. But dance can help. Dance – and the many activities at  Fred Astaire Dance Studios – emphasize a sense of inclusion and community...

Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we at Fred Astaire Dance Studios are proud to support this campaign against a terrible disease that takes more than 50,000 lives each year. Those who have touched by this disease as a survivor, a friend, a loved one, or a caregiver, healthcare provider, etc.– find that...

4 Myths About Great Posture and How Dance Can Help

Having great posture is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, however, it tends to be something most people don’t pay much attention to. Fortunately, if you are taking dance lessons, it is something to will learn to focus on. Let’s begin with some “myths” about great posture: 1. You should have a flat back....

Why Men Should Take Dance Lessons

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Gentlemen, it’s time to get out on that dance floor and move! The benefits are innumerable and the downside is non-existent. For one, dancing is a great way to meet others, especially at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio. It’s a low-pressure atmosphere and you’ll be among folks with a common goal – learning to...

Cheer On Our Studio at These Exciting Regional Events!

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Can it be 12 years? It can. And it is. Please join us Friday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Schaumburg Prairie Arts Center for our 12th Annual Showcase. The theme this year is “Broadway to Ballroom.” Our showcase features the theatrical efforts of seasoned professionals and eager amateurs, all of whom have worked...

Why Dancing Is Great for Self Confidence

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If you’ve ever seen a dance competition, or even an episode of the wildly popular dance shows such as “Dancing With The Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance?”, or “Americans Got Talent”, you probably couldn’t help but notice the confidence and ‘swag’ that these dancers carry on and off the dance floor.  As viewers,...

4 Reasons Why Dance Lessons Make The Perfect First Date

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Anyone who has ever been single knows how nerve-wracking first dates can be! Sometimes it feels like a job interview, other times there is an awkward silence throughout. Plus, in this digital world, a lot of the small talk takes place before we even meet our potential date in person.  Our suggestion? Turn it up...

Strengthen Your Dance Skills & Become a Better Dancer With These Tips

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Dance opens so many pathways to a better, richer life. Dance is beneficial for a person’s health on every level, providing physical activity, an outlet for creativity and the opportunity for more meaningful social interactions. All of these lead to a richer, fuller existence and open the door for personal improvements in each area. Ballroom...

Spring Into March With These Two Events!

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Think of all the fun times you’ve had (and are planning to have!) at the Long Grove studio. The parties. The classes. The outings. The competitions. Think of all you’ve learned, and how much you’ve grown as a dancer. We want you to share that with your family, your friends, your co-workers and colleagues. They...

Get Fit While Planning Your Wedding Dance!

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Are you ready for the best and longest day of your life? There’s the ceremony, the pictures, the dancing, the guests to greet – weddings can be exhausting. That’s why it’s important to be sure you can make it all the way through your big day. It is your day, after all, and you want...

Love Is On The Dance Floor!

Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with us as we host a special evening for couples only! We’re calling it Tango & Chocolate and it’s coming up on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. This will be sweet and sexy! Learn the romantic tango while enjoying some delicious chocolates and refreshments. The tango is a partner dance...

4 Goals Ballroom Dancers Can Get Behind In The New Year

As soon as the ball drops on New Years Eve many of us feel a burst of excitement and inspiration about the year ahead and the goals we’ve put it in place! If you’re a current student, or someone interested in learning how to dance, than consider setting some goals related to dance. Ballroom dancing...

Join Us: Murder Mystery Masquerade Dinner and Show

Remember the board game “Clue?” With Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock and an array of potential weapons for the crime of murder somewhere in the house? That was always great fun, and so is this: Our Murder Mystery Masquerade Dinner and Show. The date and time: Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. We’ll be having this party...

Join Us For A Spooktacular Show!

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It wouldn’t be Halloween without a great Halloween party, would it? Of course not. So how about a spooky Halloween party with lots of dancing right here at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Long Grove? That’s the plan. Get your costume ready and your scary face on for our Spooky Boogie Halloween Show and...

The Benefits of Unleashing Your Competitive Side

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We love many things about dance. The beauty. The elegance. The teamwork with a trusted partner. The competition. Wait. What? Yes, the competition. As our dancers progress through the Fred Astaire Trophy System, they often wish to test their skills and dedication against others. Whether it’s a studio Mini-Match or a regional event or the...

Dance Spotlight: The Jive!

One of the beauties of ballroom dance is that a once-popular style never needs to go away. It can continue in its original form, or it can grow and change and remain a fixture among savvy dancers. Which brings us to Jive. Once upon a time, this lively style of dance was known as the...

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

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,...

The Best Ballroom Dance Styles For Beginners

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Learning to dance provides you with social skills that last a lifetime and allows you to feel at ease in any situation where there is music and dancing. Once you decide that now is the time to learn how to dance, you may wonder which style is best to start with and which style will...

The 5 Best Stretches for Dancers

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Stretching is an essential part of dance. Stretching alone can prepare you physically and mentally for dance or any type of exercise. Whether you’re preforming or just practicing, stretching determines flexibility and your overall performance as a dancer. Here are 5 of the best stretches that’ll improve and prepare you for any type of dance....

Debunking Common Ballroom Dance Myths

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Dance is one of the truly great things in our world. It’s expressive, vibrant, passionate. It brings people together. It celebrates music and movement. It’s romantic and healthy on just about every level – physical, emotional, social. And yet, every now and then, we hear from studio members who tell us that someone they like (or...

4 Reasons to Love The Tango

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Ah the Tango. Romantic, passionate, intense, sensual. There are so many reasons to love this Latin dance style. The Tango is one of the most highly stylized ballroom dances we teach. It is dramatic, with measured crossing and flexing steps to the front, the side and the back combined with turns. Of all the dances...

Pop Some Bubbly and Learn How to Dance at our Champagne Guest Party!

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Dance is so enjoyable in so many ways that we cannot help ourselves in wanting to get everyone on out on the dance floor to enjoy it! We have lots of casual parties and costume events, but we’re going to do something really special to get those non-dancers (and you know who they are!) in...

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...

3 Ways Dad Will Benefit From Dance Lessons

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What do we get dear old Dad on Father’s Day? This is a dilemma for many. A tie? Been there. A polo shirt? Done that. Baseball cap? Yes, about three years ago. Let’s think about giving Pop something he can not only use and enjoy now, but also well into the future (no, we are not...

Fun Facts About Our Namesake, Fred Astaire

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We’re named for him and you may be able to name his movies and his more famous partners like Ginger Rogers, but here are some things you may not know about Fred Astaire: He started dancing for a very pragmatic reason. You may know that Fred Astaire began dancing professionally in 1905 with his sister,...

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...

Burning Calories & Feeling Happier With Dance; Just How Much of a Workout Is Ballroom Dancing?

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“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...

A Simple Guide to the 10 Traditional Dances of Ballroom Dance

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If you are interested in ballroom dance but don’t know where to begin, then there’s only one place to start: beginner dance classes at Fred Astaire  Dance Studios. Learning the most widely known partner dances can make you a star in any social gathering, and bring some fun and culture to your life at the...

Are You Ready to Hit the Dance Floor this Wedding Season?!

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It’s that time again. The invitations are arriving in the mail and happy couples are announcing their wedding dates. June is such a popular month for nuptials and you know how much planning and effort went into finding a venue and a great band or DJ for a memorable event. The celebration will, of course,...

5 Simple Ways Dance Skills Can Boost Your Happiness

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Dancing is certainly not just for women, nor is it just a formal activity saved for ballets and ballrooms. It is an essential part of social life. From bars to corporate fundraisers, knowing how to dance will never fail to impress. Here are five separate ways dancing can improve your quality of life. Laws Of...

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...

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn – and have fun along the way. They come to our partice parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there, and...

Tony Dovolani Will Be Coaching At Our Long Grove Studio!!

If you loved Tony Dovolani on “Dancing With The Stars,” you are going to love him even more in person. DWTS’ alum Dovolani will be at the FADS Long Grove Studio on Thursday, March 1, for a private class, a public class and a meet-and-greet with his many fans. What a great opportunity to work...

5 Reasons Couples Should Take Ballroom Dance Lessons

The closer you are, the closer you get. The closer you get, the closer you are. When couples take dance lessons together, they create a tighter bond, a better relationship and enjoy a more intimate physical relationship. The dance lesson – and, for that matter, any time the couple takes to the dance floor together...

6 Ballroom Dances Sure To Turn Up the Heat This Winter

Dancing is a great way to reignite the flame with your partner and these six styles of dance are sure to keep you warm this winter! Remember, ballroom dancing is a chance to do a little makeover on yourself. Feeling confident makes you feel more desirable – and frankly, how could you not be, with...

Are You Ready To Burn This Disco Out?!

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Disco exploded when John Travolta showed those flashy moves on the big screen in “Saturday Night Fever” back in 1977. Well, what’s old is new again. Disco was such an energetic, sexy style of dancing that we want to take you back to its peak days of popularity. Do we have a time machine? Uh,...

Dance Into The New Year With Fred Astaire Dance Studios!

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We all look forward to the New Year as a time for a fresh start, a change of habits, a clean slate. We make resolutions. Oh, brother. We make resolutions. Usually they involve losing weight, getting in better shape, doing something for our health and mental outlook. Fred Astaire Dance Studios is the perfect place...

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...

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...

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....