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At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, it’s always exciting when our talented staff & students, and exciting events & locations are celebrated in the media! From local community stories to national news, our goal is to help share the inspiring examples of how the positive and transforming power of dance enriches lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Browse these links, and perhaps discover something new and engaging about dance. Then, step in to Fred Astaire Dance Studios and experience the joy and confidence that dance lessons can bring to your life.

Tucson students find Royal Wedding connection in footwork

May 2018 | Tucson News Now

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Step by step, they’re practicing and feeling the music that moves them.

“You find the right tune. You find the right style. You tell a story. It feels like a different kind of freedom,” said Viola Watson, who’s been a student at Fred Astaire Dance Studio for two years.

As she takes her place on the dance floor, as a student in her lessons, Watson can’t help but feel royal.

“There is something to ballroom dancing,” she said. “It changes the way that you hold yourself, the way you walk into a room, and it’s so subtle you don’t even realize it. But it’s super powerful and probably one of those hidden reasons why I enjoy it so much and I don’t even think about.”

Watson is watching closely as, more than 5,000 miles away, a Royal Wedding is taking shape in London.

Prince Harry is set to marry Meghan Markle, an American actress, at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor early Saturday morning, May 19.

Americans in particular – some 46 U.S. broadcast affiliates will cover the wedding – are obsessing because the bride is one of their own, the Associated Press reports.

“I’m really excited about the fact that Harry is marrying an American, an African-American, an older woman, a divorced woman, a woman who has been an actress – which probably in Victorian England wasn’t considered the highest form of career. I think it really shows that we all can be royalty today, no matter how we started out and no matter what sort of strikes you may think you have against you. There’s still a chance that you will be a princess in somebody’s mind,” said Roberta Shaffer, a student at Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

Step by step, Shaffer transforms when she dances.

“Your posture improves. You feel like you could have a crown on your head and it wouldn’t fall off,” she said.

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Fred Astaire Dance Studios: You can be a competitive dancer

Training for Competition and other goal oriented training has huge advantages and benefits both physical, mental. Efficiency of teaching is greatly increased and learning is accelerated.

Competitive dancing leans more towards sports training. It is important to incorporate strength, flexibility, balance, and the correct use of your body. It will not only accelerate learning, but also help make social dancing better. Anyone, at any level or any age who wants to get more out of their dancing. People invest a lot of time and money into their activities and want to get the most out of them. At some point in every students training, they have the desire to bring their training up to a higher level.  Corresponding video above.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios: Why you should swing dance

Dance like no one’s watching! Whether you’ve danced before, or think you have two left feet, you’ve come to the right place. Fred Astaire Dance Studio is the premier dance studio.

When you sign up for lessons at the Fred Astaire Ballroom, you’ll get to choose from multiple dance styles and approaches. And our welcoming studio environment makes our studio the perfect place to hone your skills, no matter at what level you are currently. Corresponding video above.