Category: Staying Young

You’re Never Too Old to Start Dancing!

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It is quite common to see older friends, family, and members of the community lose their agency and physical strength to the rigors of aging. It can be quite disempowering but aging doesn’t mean you have to give up your agency. There are a whole host of exceptional exercise methods that you can practice well...

Dancing Brings Out a Better You

Like all forms of physical fitness, dance is an exceptional way to get healthy and stay healthy, whether you are 10 years old or 100. The physical and mental health benefits of dance are so numerous and exciting that we must share a few of them with you! Reduce the Effects of Aging Due to...

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s is one of the cruelest diseases. It nibbles away at the mind, reducing cognitive function and memory, changing behavior. It has no cure. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan designated it so in 1983 and we are honoring that at our Fred Astaire Dance Studio. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there were...

5 Ways Dance Helps You Become Healthier & Happier

With the popular dance shows on TV, more and more attention is being paid to dance. Is it for you? Here are 5 ways that dance works with your body and mind to help you be a healthier, happier you! 1. Dance is considered a “moderate” workout – although if you’re doing something like the quick step...

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...

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...

5 Reasons Ballroom Dancing is the Most Romantic Activity for Couples

Valentines Day is right around the corner, which begs the question “what is the most romantic thing couples can do together (besides the obvious)?” Well we have known the answer to that question for a long time; Ballroom Dancing of course! It will bring you closer. Ballroom dancing requires two people to perform, and you’re...

Empty Nest? More Room To Dance!

It’s that time of year again. Those kids – or young adults – who occupied their old bedrooms for the summer are heading back to college. Or maybe they are off to college for the first time, ready to embark on that new journey and independence. Which also gives YOU independence. Nobody coming and going...

5 Reasons Couples Should Take Ballroom Dance Lessons

The closer you are, the closer you get. The closer you get, the closer you are. When couples take dance lessons together, they create a tighter bond, a better relationship and enjoy a more intimate physical relationship. The dance lesson – and, for that matter, any time the couple takes to the dance floor together...

Why Should I Take Ballroom Dance Lessons?

Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios offer so many different forms of ballroom dance instruction, themed parties, outings and competitions that we could fill up your entire social calendar. And we are happy to do so. Still, some people hesitate. Should I take dance lessons? What’s going to be so great about it for me? The...

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...

We Aren’t The Only Ones Who Believe Dance Relieves Stress…

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We live in stressful times. Traffic, workloads, the endless bombardment digitally of news, advertising and social media can lead to feeling as if we are already behind in our “keep up” world before our day even begins. How do we blow off this stress? The unhealthy ways are eating too much, drinking too much or complaining...

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...

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,...

Dance Has More Benefits Than You Think!

The number of people taking part in dance classes worldwide continues to grow, with dance giving people expanded opportunities to be active, take part in social activities and build their self-confidence. Dance confers many benefits on those who enjoy it. There are numerous benefits to taking either group or private ballroom dance classes, whether your...

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...

Dancing is good for you in another way – it makes you smarter!

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You know us. We’ll do anything to get you dancing and we’ve often spoken of the many benefits of dance – better physical conditioning, better balance, a happier social life and the sense of community and family you get at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. Well, we want to let you in on a little...

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...

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...

Dance, As the Fountain of Youth and a Source of Pure Joy

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Mary walks through falling snow, up the sidewalk and through the front door of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Corporate Office in Longmeadow, MA. She is 88 years old and other than her Dance Instructor’s careful palm on her elbow, she is unassisted. Mary is visiting Corporate today, eager to see Jack Rothweiler (Fred Astaire Dance...

When We Meet Again, We Will Dance…

Edwin Robbins, a 23-year student at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Manhattan East Side, NY, shares in his own words, how his two left feet danced him to a lifelong love story. “My prom date told me after three box steps that I had no rhythm. Then the Navy excused me from marching. During my...

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...