Category: Dance Info, News & Trends

November Highlights

We’re going to keep you moving throughout November – right through Thanksgiving and on into that December holiday stretch! One of the best things about fall? Pumpkin spice! We love it so much we decided to have a Pumpkin Spice Spotlight to celebrate! Come one, come all, to our Annual Spotlight Evening, where our students...

October Highlights

Our students are putting on a show well worthy of the spooky month in which Halloween falls. Get ready for Starlight, our student show event.  It’s much like a recital for the participants, and they always appreciate applause from onlookers.  Starlight will take place at the River Oaks Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Starlight’s theme this...

Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we at Fred Astaire Dance Studios are proud to support this campaign against a terrible disease that takes more than 50,000 lives each year. Those who fight breast cancer – and those who beat it – find that dance truly can make a difference in the quality...

Summer Camp Isn’t Just For Kids!

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When you’re on the dance floor, you feel at ease and at your best. That is exactly the way we want you to look. So please join us on Thursday, July 18, for the Dress for Dance Trunk Show. You’ll see some outstanding outfits designed for dance, plus wonderful items for women, men, children, including...

We’re Ready For May!

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Come one, come all, to our Ballroom Blitz event, where our students will show off their growing prowess in their exhibition routines! The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 11, at the Woodlands studio. The event is open to the public, so current students can bring friends, family, and other prospective members to the studio...

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...

Get Your Dancin’ Shoes On, It’s Time To Swing Into Spring!

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Time to get those toes tappin’. April is a busy month at your Sugarland studio, with parties, outings, competition and classes galore. There’s a little something here for everybody … and we mean everybody! Let’s start with the Thursday, April 11 Flower Child Potluck party at 8 p.m. Bring a groovy dish to share with...

Spring into March!

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March is more than the herald of spring. It brings us March Madness, on the basketball court and at the Sugarland studio. Here’s our March Madness Contest: Students can earn points by taking group classes and dressing up according the particular dance being taught, with 2 points earned per day (not per class). Ten points...

We have a Very Exciting Month Planned!

February is a month for big events at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Sugarland. Coming up on Friday, Feb. 15, is Rhythm of the Night Audition Day at the Hilton Post Oak in Houston. This is an audition for our summer Showcase in August. The theme is Disney villains. Here is a great opportunity to...

Kicking Off The New Year With Some Exciting Events!

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Greetings, one and all. The holidays are behind us and the rest of our lives are ahead of us. Let’s keep aiming for happy and healthy! We’ve got some fun events planned throughout January, and we hope to see you at all of them, along with your usual ballroom dance classes at the FADS Sugarland...

Dance Through December With Your FADS Sugarland Family!

Hello December! We kicked off the month last night with our Social Club Event at the Improv in Houston. There was a live salsa band  and comedian Steve Byrne, who had us laughing all night long! Are you familiar with our Social Dance Club? We want all of our students to take part in real-life social...

Two Fun Events Coming Your Way!

You know it and we know it; the holidays bring a wave of parties, and none of us wants to miss a good time. So we’re going to try to get ahead of the pack with a fun and relaxing evening at the Sugarland studio on Thursday, Nov. 29. We’re having a Post-Turkey Movie Potluck!...

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,...

Get Ready For a Spooktacular October!

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October is a festive month at your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Sugarland! We love a good party, a fun event with a theme. And our October calendar is packed with opportunities for you to come out and dance, meet others and enjoy some festivities that have a seasonal twist. We kick off the busy...

Texarama and Dragon Boat Team Challenge!

There’s not much that compares with a Fred Astaire regional dance competition, and Texarama is just about here! Please join us and your fellow dancers from The Sugarlands who are taking part at the San Louis resort in Galveston from Sept. 13 (Thursday) through Sept. 15 (Saturday). The theme is European countries! Whether you’re competing...

Celebrating Our Student’s Hard Work!

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The Trophy Ball approaches, in all its glory. The Trophy Ball honors our students who achieved level-passing status in their dance programs this year. As befits a Trophy Ball, those students will receive handsome trophies. We’re scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m., at the Westin Memorial City. Dress code is semi-formal. Join us...

You’re never too old for Summer Camp!

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Your Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Houston continue an exciting month with a number of very cool events. We’re going to have some fun and we want you to be a part of it! Here’s what’s ahead: Friday, July 13: “Adult Summer Camp” – ALL STUDIOS – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Included are three 30-minute private...

An In-Depth Guide: Preparing Your Body For a Dance Competition

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Fred Astaire Dance Studios across the globe host many regional and national competitions throughout the year. In order to feel fully prepared for a FADS dance competition, you want to make sure you are treating your body right for the few weeks leading up to the competition so you are able to handle the demands...

We Have So Much Planned For You During June!

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We’ve got a busy week coming up, so please mark your calendars, set your smartphone alarms and make plans to join us for some great dance fun! On Thursday, June 21, we have a Mini Boot Camp from 6:30-8 p.m. with Ben, who is the dance director many of the Houston studios. The Mini Boot...

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...

How To Tell The Difference Between Popular Types Of Latin Dances

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Ballroom dance is enjoyed all over the world in a variety of forms, many having common roots. This is particularly true of the popular Latin dances. While we often think of them as South American specialties, their histories are more complicated than that. Many derive from African rhythms and patterns that were later adapted in...

Join Us This Weekend For Freddy Ball 2018!

Don’t Miss This Fabulous Event Including Performances, General Dancing, Live Music, Food, Drinks, Professional Competitions and Shows all at the Hilton Post Oak Galleria Houston!  Ask your instructor for more information or call 281-361-7674 for tickets. The Freddy Ball is known as our “Oscar and Academy Awards,” as top teachers – the best of the best...

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...

What Do I Need To Know Before I Come For My First Lesson?

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step toward learning new dance steps. You stopped by Fred Astaire Dance Studios, chatted with the manager and an instructor and decided the time is right to learn how to dance, to perk up your social life and to get in better shape (yes, dance does all of those things...

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...

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...

How Well Do You Know Ballroom Dance Trivia?

Test your knowledge and see how much you know about ballroom dance trivia, with this super-fun quiz, originally published on Discovery.com. 1. This early form of ballroom dominated the dance scene from the 17th century to the 19th century. A. Minuet B. Waltz C. Reel 2. Which 3/4 count ballroom dance style represented a transition...

4 Reasons Why We Love to Salsa

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It’s summer, and summer brings the heat. The same goes for one of our favorite dances – salsa. It’s hot, hot, hot. Salsa continues to grow in popularity because of its fast pace and the lively music that accompanies this Caribbean-based dance. Latin dances build to a crescendo, creating tension and release. That makes salsa a...

Start Dancing With These 4 Questions

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Have  you thought of taking dance lessons, but never actually took the plunge? Ballroom dance instruction, whether in private lessons or group classes, provides many benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Dance is not only a wonderful social and creative outlet, but one that can provide a very satisfying workout. Before you sign up for classes,...

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...

History of the Cha Cha

Once upon a time, it was known as the Cha-Cha-Cha. Somewhere along the way, it lost a Cha. Now it’s just the Cha Cha, but it has lost none of its appeal! This dance is characterized by three quick steps (Cha-Cha-Cha!) followed by two slower steps. With American Style Cha Cha averaging 30 beats per minute,...

Tips For Choosing a Ballroom Dance Studio

For many, social partner dancing is a way to enjoy ourselves and get the most out of life.  It helps reduce the stresses of everyday life for a few hours and provides entertainment. Dancing is also a healthy activity to do with a loved one or a friend. Whether you’re interested in taking dance lessons...

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...

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...

The History of the Foxtrot

When we discuss the basics of ballroom dancing, we often fall back on two of its staple styles – the foxtrot and the waltz. Today we are going to take a closer look at the foxtrot – a smooth, progressive dance characterized by its slow step, and long, sinuous movements.  Named for its creator, vaudeville...

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...

The Emotional Benefits To Dancing

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We all have a basic need for acceptance, friendships, a social circle. And one of the best ways of building this type of support system and network is through the activity of dance. At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we work very hard to provide exactly this type of atmosphere, and offer many ways for people...

4 Stretching Tips to Avoid Injury and Help Flexibility

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We’re always happy when our students come into our Fred Astaire Dance Studio, ready and eager to take part in their favorite dance class. Today, we have a little tip for all of our students, whether long-time dancers or those just starting out: Try to arrive a few minutes early and maybe plan to stay...

Foot Care Tips to Keep You on Your Toes

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“Dancing Feet” is one of the best-loved songs from the famed musical, “42nd Street.” So, how are you taking care of your dancing feet – or are you, at all? Whether you like to waltz or cha-cha or cross the dance floor in a glorious tango, your feet are the principal carriers of the rest of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

Popular Dance Movies Quiz – How Much Do YOU Know?

Dance films started out as rather classy productions, with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly dancing in top hats, tails & spats… and often, with a lovely & talented leading lady. In later years, dance movies got downright racy as they were taken to the streets. Let’s see how much you know about some very popular...