Category: Fred Astaire & Fads History

A Few Of Our Favorite Dance Movies!

When you think of movies featuring great dancers, the first name that comes to mind is Fred Astaire, founder of Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Often partnered with the gifted Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire brought fabulous moves, smooth sophistication and romance to the big screen. And, of course, Ginger Rogers did the same – backwards,...

Top 10 Fred Astaire Dance Scenes (part 2)

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(5) Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire make history again with Cheek to Cheek from the movie “Top Hat” in 1935. In this iconic dance scene Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers bring new meaning to elegance and style. The song Cheek to Cheek was nominated for the Best Song Academy Award in 1936.It stayed at the...

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: January Birthdays

Ginger Rogers is likely the dance partner we think of first, but Fred Astaire, our co-founder and namesake, was fortunate to have performed and starred with numerous well-known & talented dancers, on both stage and screen during his career. This blog post highlights the stories of two of Astaire’s esteemed dance partners – George Burns...

Studio Ownership – A Means To Stepping Lively Through Life And Business

Get to know the owner of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and you will find a person happy at the intersection of passion and ambition. For some, dance is more than just a pastime. It’s a mission. Spreading joy through dance becomes their life’s work as a franchise owner connected with Fred Astaire Dance Studios,...

Why The Fred Astaire Dance Curriculum Is Better

You always know where you stand when you join Fred Astaire Dance Studios for ballroom dance instruction (and we don’t just mean on the dance floor). Fred Astaire Dance Studios (FADS) offers a superior and structured curriculum that allows new dancers to follow a  program that moves them through various levels as their skills develop,...

Top 10 Fred Astaire Dance Scenes!

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Fred Astaire was a legendary dancer and when he paired with Hollywood’s leading ladies, he made silver screen history. Fred Astaire has danced with and inspired some huge names in show business, Judy Garland, Ginger Rodgers, Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth even Michael Jackson was inspired by the late great dancer. On top of that The...

Behind The Dance With Stephen Knight

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Stephen Knight is one of the most well known names in the ballroom dance industry. And for good reason, he’s super talented and creative, his list of accomplishments never seems to end and to top it all off he’s the sparkling personality of the winners circle at the nationals competitions. His many accomplishments include Regional...

Facts About Fred

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To watch Fred Astaire dance on film – even today – is to marvel at his grace, skill and athleticism. What many don’t know is the extent to which this virtuoso practiced, worked on… and worried about his craft.  Astaire’s brilliance speaks of a confident character without a care. But Fred Astaire, namesake and co-founder of...

Behind The Dance With Bruno Collins

For thirty-one years, Bruno Collins has touched every aspect of the dance business with his vision and innovation. He has been a driving force in the adaptation of dance curriculums, teaching methods, and business plans that have allowed this industry to stay current amidst the demands of a rapidly changing market. The incredible artistry of...

An Open Letter to Prospective Owners of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio

By Jack Rothweiler, Former FADS President Over the years, I’ve been asked by many people why I stayed in the dance business for such a long time. When anyone’s asked this question, it’s usually because they were under the impression that people are only Dance Teachers part-time, or that they’re just waiting for a better...

Fred Astaire and Hermes Pan: A Collaboration That Changed 20th Century Dance Choreography

The legendary dance talents of Fred Astaire were surely influenced, even enhanced, by the many dance partners, collaborators and choreographers he worked with during his iconic career. This blog post tips a hat to Hermes Pan… dancer, choreographer, collaborator and good friend of Fred Astaire for over 60 years. Born on December 10, 1909 in...

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: November Birthdays

Fred Astaire’s iconic talents as a professional dancer wouldn’t have been possible if not for his numerous & talented dance partners. Ginger Rogers may have been the most well-known, but our co-founder and namesake was fortunate to have had the opportunity to star with numerous dancers on both stage and screen. This post celebrates two dancing...

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...

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: October Birthdays

Beyond his own talent, Fred Astaire’s success as a professional dancer wouldn’t have been possible if not for his numerous, talented dance partners. Our co-founder and namesake was fortunate to have starred with numerous dancers, on both stage and screen. This post celebrates three of his dancing co-stars with October birthdays: Claire Luce, Rita Hayworth...

Beyond Dancing: the Debonair Fred Astaire

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The name of the beloved Fred Astaire is instantly recognized throughout the world. But were there aspects of Fred Astaire, besides his professional dancing and acting career, that no camera ever revealed? Upon Astaire’s death from pneumonia at age 88, New York Times dance critic, Anna Kisselgoff, said: “The magnitude of his achievement is as great a social phenomenon as it is...

Who was Fred Astaire

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Who was Fred Astaire. We named our Brookfield CT dance studio after him, so he must be important, right? In case you were wondering, Fred Astaire was an American film star and Broadway dancer.  He had a career that spanned 76 years! Not only that, he was a choreographer, singer, actor and musician who made...

Fred Facts Quiz – How Serious a Fred Astaire Fan are You?

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Do you consider yourself a true fan of Fred Astaire? Take the challenge and quiz yourself on some “Fred Facts”, then check your score below to see what kind of “Fred Fan” you really are! 1. Where was Fred Astaire born? A. Hamburg, Germany B. Linz, Austria C. Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A 2. What was Fred...

Barrie Chase: She Danced With a Legend

Saturday evening at the FAWC (Fred Astaire World Championships) 2014 Dance Competition in Las Vegas, the suspense rose as our (now, former) President/CEO, Jack Rothweiler, began introducing his surprise guest to the audience. He mentioned the Fred Astaire TV Specials, talked of his first meeting with this guest and their conversation of four-plus hours. Still,...