Category: Lifestyle & Self Improvement

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...

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,...

3 Reasons Ballroom Dancing Is The Perfect Activity For Singles

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Meeting new people can be challenging for someone living the single life. It’s no secret that, in order to meet new people, you have to put yourself out there, but it can be a bit intimidating to try new activities alone. So, when it comes to trying your hand at dance lessons, what’s a single...

4 Social Events Where You’ll Be Glad You Know How To Dance

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It’s no secret that dancing is one of the best ways to bring a group of people together. In fact, it’s almost like a universal language!  Not only is dancing fun but it an easy way for people of all backgrounds to socialize and celebrate life. Dance plays a role in many social events, whether...

Make Dancing Part of Your Summer Plans!

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As summer approaches, life feels less hectic as the pace slows a little bit, and that could mean a little more precious time for you. What will you do with it? Let us remind you that summer is the perfect time to learn something new! Here are three simple reasons why you should be dancing...

How Long Will It Take For Me To Become a Good Dancer?

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Being a “good dancer” means different things to different people. To some people, it means being able to dance socially and join the fun at any event where there are people dancing. To other people, it means learning to dance competitively. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio, we make learning how to dance (socially and competitively)...

Am I Too Old To Learn How To Dance?

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Do you ever wonder if you are too old to dance? Well, we have an answer for you – absolutely not! Fred Astaire Dance Studios has students of all age groups, from college students to 80+. In fact, many of our students started dancing in their later stages of life! The best part of dancing...

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...

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...

Beat the Winter Blues on the Dance Floor

Feeling sad? No energy? Down and out? It’s called the winter blues, and you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), caused by low levels of light during the cold, winter months. Research has shown exercise can help, and dancing may be one of the best forms of exercise. Besides, what’s...

Kick off the New Year on the Right Foot

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Shortly after the guilt of a gluttonous December sets in, we’re all ready to hit the “restart” button on our health. However. did you know that an estimated 80 percent of the New Year’s resolutions crowd drops their gym membership by the second week of February?* That’s why more and more people are getting their fitness...

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...

Prom and Ballroom Dancing

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Prom Dance and Ballroom Dancing, The Perfect Alternative to a Twerking Teen Suggesting Ballroom Dance to your teen before the prom could be the key to your sanity. We’ve all seen the videos by now. Posted on Youtube and shared across social media. The twerking pandemic strikes fear into the hearts of many parents sending...

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...

Singles: Your Online Dating Profile is Live? Read our Tips for What’s Next!

Greetings, Dance Fans! Our last blog about the online dating scene was focused on “putting your best foot forward”, and creating your best online dating profile. Now that your online dating profile is live and generating potential matches, let’s move on to responding to those inquiries and going on an actual date! Congratulations! You took...

Tips For Throwing a Great Holiday Dance Party

Holiday parties are a great way to meet and mingle, and enjoy the spirit of the season. And if you choose to host a holiday party, you’ll want it to be a memorable dance party. We salute that as a noble goal, and we’re here to help you achieve exactly that. Whether your party is an...

Singles: Involved in Online Dating? Put Your Best Foot Forward!

Add Ballroom Dance to your Repertoire! Internet dating has really changed in recent years. Five to 10 years ago, it was territory only for the bold and the “outliers”, but now it’s completely socially acceptable. And as our societies become increasingly fast-paced and we’re all challenged to carve out leisure time, more and more people worldwide...

Empty Nest? We’ve Got You Covered!

Do you have an empty nest? Ballroom dancing can be a great way to stay active and bring families together. Your child’s first semester at college can be a stressful time for many parents. Empty Nest Syndrome (YES, that’s actually a thing, and you are not alone). Can be a debilitating period of grief and...

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...

Date Night

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Going out for a date night? Get off your phones and on the floor! A dance date night could be just what every couple needs. We’ve all read the articles about how our phones are going to take over our bodies, give us cancer and replace our social life. SO we’ve put together a great...

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...

Feeling Overwhelmed? – Effective Ways To Prevent Overloading Yourself

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Family, friends, work, texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter, 24/7 news updates. Social outings, the kids’ soccer practices and music lessons, grocery shopping, gardening. It never ends. Everything demands our attention and demands it immediately. We train ourselves for “fight or flight” responses and we pay the price. Mental and emotional overload from the daily stress can manifest...

Retiring? Here Are 5 Fun Hobbies To Keep You Vibrant

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Many people make elaborate plans in preparation for retirement. According to reference.com, four million people retire in the U.S. every year. Their finances are in order and their medical plans are in place. They’ve planned to retire, but haven’t planned what to do with all of the time that comes with freedom from the world...

Learning to Dance in the Rain

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“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!”  – Vivian Greene At some time or another every ballroom dancer gets stuck in a dance rut. In my experience this happens right before a big break through. The road is the hardest right at the peak....

Jump-start a Fitness Routine Through Dance School

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Physical fitness encompasses much more than the body. Its impact on the mind, on emotion health and wellness, should never be underestimated. Are you looking to jump-start your fitness routine to keep fit and feel healthy all summer? We can help! At Fred Astaire Dance Studio, we help our current students look and feel great...

Make Dancing The Perfect Summertime Exercise!

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Summertime always feels just so free and easy! The longer days, the barbecues, good times spent with friends, a gentle breeze under the moonlight – that’s summer. It’s a time to get out have fun, enjoy friends, family and events. Add something new and fun to your summer while keeping the bounce in your step...

Dance Your Way to a Beach Bod! How Many Calories Are You Burning?

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How Many Calories Are You Burning While Dancing? Ballroom Dance vs. Barre, Yoga and Running So let’s see how different fitness routines measure up. We’ve taken a look at some popular fitness fads and compared them to the fun, difficulty and overall calories burned. Take a closer look and you might be hitting the dance...

How To: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

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Author and teacher, William W. Purkey, gave an exciting voice to the philosophy that we at Fred Astaire Dance Studios have lived by since our founding in 1947: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” Those lyrics...

Mom’s are AWESOME!

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The History of Mother’s Day Is Almost As Cool As The Big Day Itself! Mother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for your #1 lady. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled “I Love You’s.” Moms’ sacrifices for their kids are endless and the love they share...

Get Out of Hibernation with Us

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It’s the same old story. When the weather’s colder, we don bulky sweaters, crave comfort food & don’t get outside to exercise as often. A pound here, a pound there, and pretty soon it adds up. And sticks out. And just doesn’t look or feel real good when we try on the old swimsuit in...

5 Must Know Dances for Every Occasion

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We’ve all been caught unprepared at some time in our lives. Not knowing how to dance should not be on that list. If learning to dance in general seems like too big a task, we’ve put together a list of the must haves. Going to a wedding, have a work event or dinner date? We’ve...

5 Benefits of Ballroom Dancing You Probably Did Not Know!

We all know physical activity of any kind is good for your body. Obviously we know dancers have pretty amazing physiques (we have seen dancing with the stars after all.) But do you know that dancing is actually more than just a healthy hobby for your body? We’ve been seeing reports being published almost weekly...

Don’t Give Up On Your New Year’s Resolution!

It’s been a month and the party’s over. Actually, all of the parties are over. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s. All done. And they may have left behind a bit of a mess for you to clean up, right around your waist line. A cookie here, some eggnog there, a few holidays treats in between,...

5 Reasons You NEED to Learn to Ballroom Dance

Every adult young or old will inevitably be put in the situation of needing to know how to dance.  Don’t be caught unprepared. There are so many benefits to learning to ballroom dance. But today we’re going to talk about the necessary life events that require at least a working knowledge of how to dance....

Ballroom Dancing: A Resolution You Can Stick With

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So many New Years come and go. So many times we make a resolution to get in shape, eat healthier or enjoy life more. Usually about 2 weeks into January, life starts to get real and our heart felt passionate resolution gets put on the back burner for reality. Is there any superhuman who can...

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...

Tis’ the Season to Celebrate, Let’s Celebrate with DANCE!

When we think of celebration what comes to mind is good company, and fun times. Through all of our reasons to celebrate, dancing elevates the mood of the room and our hearts. Whether it’s at a wedding or a New Years party dancing and music can change an atmosphere from awkward to joyous in a...

Enough With The Stuff!

When you need to find the perfect gift and a toaster oven just won’t do. With the best intentions we’ve all been on the giving or receiving end of a really bad gift. This year, let’s think outside the box. A gift of dance lessons at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a great...

Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s Holiday Gift Buying Guide

Shopping can be fun, but it can also be stressful, how do you know that you’re getting the right gift? Every year we wrack our brains to find the most amazing gift for someone special. So to help you out we’ve compiled a list of the most trendsetting, hip and useful gifts that will be...

How Ballroom Dancing Can Help Your Communication

“Communication is, above all, a skill — and very few people know how to communicate effectively, naturally. It takes thoughtfulness and a lot of practice.” – Carl Alasko, PhD Author of Say This Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Effective Intrapersonal Communication. In the age of information, we have become desensitized by our iPhones and...

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...

6 Reasons Everyone (including YOU) Should Compete in Ballroom Dancing

Not many people start out Ballroom Dancing because they want to be competitive dancers. Most people start out seeing someone having a blast on the dance floor and begin to get inspired to learn themselves. Most folks want to learn to look comfortable and confident and simply, not make fools of themselves. So then what...

Ballroom Dancing: An Investment in Yourself

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The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing are Endless! From improved self-confidence to better balance and flexibility. Recently however, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of dancing and cognitive process. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have had astounding breakthroughs using music and exercise. It only makes sense that when they applied ballroom dancing and...

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...

Why Your Sons and Daughters Should Be Ballroom Dancing

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There are so many amazing benefits to learning a skill like ballroom dancing! There’s no doubt that we all admire the folks who get up on the dance floor first. So why is it that some of us shy away from ever taking the leap and getting into some dance lessons? Even more so why...

Pay Attention Fellas! Here’s The Reason Women Love Men That Can Dance

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It’s no secret that chicks dig guys that can dance. So why is it that some men avoid the dance floor like the plague? Also, what is with the obsession with dancing in the first place? Couldn’t they pick something easier like fishing or watching football? That’s masculine enough isn’t it? Well, interestingly enough the...

Do You Know Your Learning Style?

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Identify your individual learning style and see how easy it can be to learn something new like Ballroom or Latin dancing! Have you ever tried to learn something fairly simple, yet failed to grasp the key ideas? Or tried to teach people and found that some were overwhelmed or confused by something quite basic? Most...

Slide Into Summer in Shape!

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The official start of beach season is not far off! Memorial Day weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer, is at the end of May, and that’s when we traditionally first slip into our swimsuits for revelry at the beach and pool parties. The big (so to speak) question is: will you fit in your...

Mothers Day is Just Around the Corner

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re all looking for an awesome gift, for our awesome mom. All moms deserve a day to be celebrated, but somehow every year Mother’s Day creeps up on us quicker than anticipated. Everyone wants mom to feel special and sending flowers year after year can become a bit...

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...

Summer Cocktails

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We’ve paired your favorite cocktail with your favorite dance…What better way to welcome summer than with a dance and a cool cocktail in hand. Does your favorite Ballroom Dance bring you the classy and elegant feeling of Frank Sinatra crooning Fly Me To The Moon? Or do you prefer the sassy and sexy bass line...

Why Spring is the Best Time to Learn Something New

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Through the course of any given day, we all have natural peaks and troughs in our energy levels that can affect our alertness and ability to concentrate. The time of year also has an effect on how we learn. As the crocuses start to peek out of the ground and your neighbors start to come...

5 Exercises to Improve Your Dancing and Get in Shape

#1 Planks Using your core is key for all types of movement and core strength will help your balance as well. Get into pushup position on the floor. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms. Your elbows should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your body should form a...

6 Important Life Skills I’ve Learned Ballroom Dancing

Hard work and Dedication. To be truly and completely dedicated to something takes determination. Pig headed, horse blinders type dedication. I have learned over the course of my years ballroom dancing that success in life or dancing takes just that. Those willing to put in the effort will reap the reward. Steve Jobs didn’t become...

A Letter to the President

Dear Mr. Rothweiler, My wife and I recently did our first spotlight dance.  Never in thirty years of marriage did we ever think we could dance, let alone be confident and proficient enough to do so for an audience.  It was truly a benchmark moment in our lives. My wife and I have always been...

The Transformative Power of Dance Helped this FADS Student Step into the Spotlight!

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Meet Terry, a Fred Astaire Dance Studios student we feel so lucky to have! Five months ago, Terry came to a Practice Party at FADS Buffalo, NY studio with her husband, Tim. But they didn’t dance a step — oh, no! Instead, they watched the party from the “safe” lounge area, conversing with our students and...

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

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Gina Barnett advises a speaker during TED2014. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space, for our curators to give last-minute suggestions on talk content, and...

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....

This FADS Student’s Story Is 1,000 Lessons Long…

(And that just might be the number of times Marilyn Clasen passed the building sign, too…) …the one in her neighborhood, that said “Fred Astaire Dance Studio” — before she went in. Once she did, she no longer felt like ‘just another stranger from Cleveland’. She was soon immersed in a new, healthy, exciting, favorite...

Time Has Made Her Who She Is

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If you flipped through the June 2014 issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine , you might have recognized a familiar face. Perhaps you remember Tao Porchon-Lynch from one of Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ National Dance Competitions, or if you’re a member of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Hartsdale NY family, you might even know...

The Story of a CCDC Newcomer

Many of our new Fred Astaire Dance Studio students soon find that they want more out of ballroom dancing than just a hobby. They begin to really challenge themselves as they work more consistently and passionately on their dance lessons. Some of them, like Wendy Walcott (Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee, Wisconsin) will even...