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Dance studio makes Sweetest Day even sweeter

Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter, Mokena Messenger
3:30 pm CDT October 18, 2016

The Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio in Mokena was one of three in the Chicagoland area to host the Sweetest Day Bowtie Bash the night of Friday, Oct. 14.

The evening included a group dance lesson and a party with general dancing and student performances.

Although FADS, located at 19840 South La Grange Road in Mokena, hosts events nearly every Friday night, the Sweetest Day Bowtie Bash offered an opportunity for non-student couples to enjoy an evening dancing together.


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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