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Breast cancer survivor steps into Buffalo Grove dance studio to support cancer patients

By Ronnie Wachter

October 14, 2016 | 2:46 PM

Later this month, a Mount Prospect resident who overcame breast cancer will dance during an area fundraiser and try to show other women dealing with cancer that life can move forward after a diagnosis.

Rochelle Schleser even trained for the occasion at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Buffalo Grove after having never participated in a dance lesson before.

But that’s because for her, the upcoming experience during the Pink Fund’s “Dancing with the Survivors” fundraiser Oct. 22 in Itasca represents an opportunity to show others with breast cancer how rewarding life can be, she said.

“I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Schleser, who now is cancer free, said.

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Fred Astaire dancers party for animals in Buffalo Grove

Chicago Tribune | August 5, 2016

Event: Inaugural ‘Dance for a Good Paws’ Fundraiser

Hosted by: Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Buffalo Grove

Benefiting: Wagging Hearts, animal rescue organization in Hainesville

Featuring: professional and amateur performances, raffles for private dance lessons, refreshments

Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Park Ridge

WGN’s “Around Town” Valentine’s Day spot on Wednesday morning (Feb. 10) with Ana Belaval featured many Fred Astaire Illinois student couples at the Fred Astaire of Park Ridge Dance Studio. We like to say that dancing isn’t just about the steps and music. It’s a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation. Check us out on “Around Town” and you will agree!


Dance helps seniors age gracefully, with physical and emotional benefits

POSTED 5:45 PM, NOVEMBER 2, 2015, BY  –  WGNTV – Chicago’s Very Own 

Ballroom dancing is one of the most important pieces of Lana Kuba’s life. She takes lessons three days a week with longtime instructor Vance Mabry.

Two years ago, Lana temporarily hung up her dancing shoes while recovering from a winter fall and head injury which caused memory loss. She was concerned her dancing days were over.

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be dancing or anything else,” she said. “He just worked with me and worked with me and worked with me…”

These days, Lana occasionally searches for words, but when the music starts, she doesn’t forget a move. And experts say aging adults should follow in Lana’s 75 year olds footsteps. Not only does dancing help keep you active, published research shows dancing can help boost memory and prevent dementia.

Dancer Jesse Desoto was once ranked second in the world, shot to fame on Dancing with the Stars, and now owns and operates several Fred Astaire dance studios across the Chicago area. Read More…

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