Category: Dance Info, News & Trends

National Ballroom Dance Week Reminds Us To Never Stop Learning

September always reminds us of learning and the challenges of mastering new worlds. As children in school, we studied the basics. In college we branched out into areas that complemented reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic – philosophy, art, dance. We soaked it all in and it made us who we are today. Learning is a lifelong...

Is Dancing on the Menu This Labor Day?

This Labor Day might not be the same as past ones but that’s no reason we can’t still enjoy the holiday. We just need to find different ways of doing it. Planning a backyard barbecue with the family? Party on. But let’s think about staying active if we can’t march in the parade or go...

Regular Stretching Improves Ballroom Dance Skills

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Did you know that dancing can help increase flexibility and give you relief from muscle aches? Keep your body in tip-top shape and ensure your ballroom dance skills flourish by starting a regular stretching routine. Regular stretching can improve physical performance, decrease injury, improve joint movement and improve muscles, Mayo Clinic reports. When we do not stretch,...

Get A Head Start!

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“To dance is to live,” wrote Charles M. Schulz, the beloved creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang. And that’s just what our plan is – to dance and to live. Dance has always enhanced life, made it sweeter. Maybe now more than ever. As the world edges toward a new normal, we’re...

Fred Astaire Dance Studios® NEW Online Lessons Platform

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Staying mentally, emotionally and physically sound during trying times is one of the best prescriptions we can offer. Dance is a great way to bust stress and stay in shape. You don’t even need to leave the house – because now, dance will come to you, with Fred Astaire Dance Studios® new Online Lessons platform!...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Exploring The Passion Of The Paso Doble

If you’ve been watching Dancing With The Stars like we have, you probably noticed a lot of Paso Doble performances last night for the Halloween Special (we especially liked Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas’s Paso Doblé) . This theatrical dance has an interesting background that involves role-playing of sorts so it’s no wonder the Halloween...

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...

Tango For Texas

The Fred Astaire Wisconsin Region is mobilizing to give aid to the Houston victims of Hurricane Harvey in our FADS family and the surrounding community. The communities in the Houston region were greatly affected by the storm and our hearts go out to all enduring terrible hardships. We’ve always been good neighbors and good corporate citizens,...

Getting Back Into the Swing Of Things

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Autumn beckons. Summer is near an end. As Labor Day approaches, we want to remind you what makes September a great time for you to come back to your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio (or make your initial visit). The kids are back in school, work schedules return to the norm and we’ll be planning...

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...

5 Reasons Why You Should Take West Coast Swing Dance Lessons

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West Coast Swing (or Western Swing) quickly gained popularity across the U.S. because of its refined style and easy adaptation to contemporary rock music. A regional style popular on the West Coast of the U.S., the dance made a bid for national recognition in the late 50s and continues to grow in popularity well into the...

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,...

3 Reasons To Dance With Us All Summer Long!

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Time. It slips away in the daily rush to get to work. To dash off to pick up the kids and get them to their activities. To start dinner. To pick the kids up. Well, here’s the good news. School’s out, or soon will be. As summer approaches, the pace slows a little bit. And...

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Dancing With Your Partner

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Dancing is a great way to reignite the flame with your partner! Having a mutual interest is an essential part of any relationship. The time you spend in lessons and practicing at home will bring you both closer. Plus, you’ll have more to talk about, and more to experience together! Dancing promotes closeness and a...

Dance Styles that Burn the Most Calories

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Dancing is a great physical activity. It is a fun way to exercise and burn calories! The health benefits of taking dance lessons from the Menomonee Falls Fred Astaire Dance Studio might even be better for you than a joining a gym. Here are some ways you can burn calories at our Menomonee Falls studio....

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,...

How to Get the Most out of our Ballroom Dance Lessons

We love dance because it is joyous and expressive, and we hope you do as well. Some people find their passion in the precision of steps, others in the emotional and physical components of dance, still more in finding another mode of self-expression. Sadly, some people dance and do not get the full measure of...

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...

Some Things Never Change, Like Our Appreciation For Dance

You already know so many of the great things about dancing. How good the movement makes you feel. The joy of expressing yourself on the dance floor, using your body instead of words. The pleasure of melding music and motion. Our students will testify to the fun they have on the dance floor at Fred...

The Psychological Impact of Ballroom Dancing

When people first decide they would like to try Ballroom Dancing they are usually a little apprehensive. As human beings we have a fear of many things, a common phrase is “a fear of the unknown”. I believe if you are aware of the reasons why you should make Ballroom Dancing a part of your...

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...

Why You Should Give Dance a Shot

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...

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...

We Love To Dance For A Good Cause!

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No one can say that we at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls can’t multitask. We get a lot done, even when many of us are out of town. While most of the staff was in Las Vegas for the Fred Astaire World Championships, Jennifer McKinley got busy right here in Wisconsin with...

There’s too much fun to be had on the dance floor for anyone to say “I can’t dance.”

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“I can’t dance”. How many times have you heard this from a boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse? Sometimes by “can’t” they mean “won’t.” At Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, we don’t believe that any person “can’t” dance. Let’s face it – you need to be able to get out on the dance floor at social events...

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...

Celebrate The Man, The Legend: Fred Astaire Birthday Bash

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As one of our valued students, we want to make sure you are aware of a very special evening we have planned. Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 would have been Fred Astaire’s 117th birthday and we want to celebrate the man who made all of this possible for us. We’ve had a hectic calendar lately, so...

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...

Your 6 Step Guide to a Great First Dance!

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   Your wedding day is here, and it’s gone off without a hitch up to this point: you said your vows without tripping on your words or mascara running down your face, the cake arrived on time and in-tact, and everyone had a chance to eat, even you and your spouse!        Suddenly,...

Fred Astaire Wisconsin Presents Dance Fantasy 2016!

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Dance Fantasy is our annual regional dance showcase that consists of performances from our students and professionals from our eight Fred Astaire Wisconsin studios. This is no small event. In fact, it is a very big deal because our students begin preparing for this last November and their excitement continues to grow. Dance Fantasy is...

Anniversary Party! Three Years in the Menomonee Falls Community

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We’re very pleased and excited to announce that we are celebrating our third anniversary as a part of the Menomonee Falls dance community and as a part of your life. We’re so glad you are in ours! We’ll be throwing a little party on Friday night, March 4, from 7:30-9 p.m. and we’d love to...

Wine Tasting This Friday Night!

We love to have special events at our Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls and there’s one coming up on Friday, Jan. 15 from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. It’s a Wine Tasting Party! Our good friends from PRP Wine International will serve up some tasty reds and whites and we will, as always, have social...

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...

Winter Festivities December 18th!

Christmas is getting closer and the end of the year is almost upon as well.  We’re going out with a bang! On Friday night, Dec. 18, we’re having our Holiday Show here in the studio. We’re combining it with our Victory Party, where we draw the winners of our Winter Festival prizes and we have...

Winter Festival Continues at our Menomonee Falls Dance Studio

Winter Festival continues here at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls and also outside of our cozy little digs. We’re taking a couple of great parties on the road. On Friday night, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., we’re hosting a regional party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. There will be a DJ,...

Why You Should Consider Private Ballroom Dance Lessons

Taking ballroom dance lessons at our Menomonee Falls dance studio will open your world to a number of social, physical, and mental benefits that dancing has to offer! Private lessons with one of our top-rated dance instructors will provide you with several advantages as you advance through the program. First and foremost, you will always...

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...

Jonathan Roberts of DWTS Comes to Our Studio!

We know you love Dancing With The Stars on TV. Now you can enjoy it in our studio. On Friday night, Oct. 2, we welcome Jonathan Roberts of DWTS to the studio. We’ll have a free swing class open to the public at 6:40 p.m with Jonathan. This is an opportunity you will not want...

Dancing For A Difference

The Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Menomonee Falls and Pewaukee are joining forces to fight breast cancer. We’re combining for a great event on Friday night, Sept 18, in Pewaukee, and we know you will want to join us at Dancing For A Difference. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Pewaukee studio at...

Join Us: 2nd Annual Spotlight Evening

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Come one, come all, to our 2nd Annual Spotlight Evening, where our students will show off their growing prowess in their exhibition routines. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, July 31st, and continues until 9:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, so current students can bring friends, family and other...

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...

Join Us: One Hit Wonder Show

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Re-mem-mem, re-mem-remember to be at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls on Friday, April 24, for our One Hit Wonder Show from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. We love all those crazy songs that make you wish you hadn’t bought the entire album just to get the one smash number (of course that was well before...

Join Us For The Team Match Competition

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  The Team Match competition is coming up and we want to win! The event is being held at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Pewaukee on Friday, April 17. We are trying to win the ‘Top Studio’ award for the first time and we need our dancers to take part and bring home the title....

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...

Step Into Spring with Dance Fantasy

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Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin knows how to pack a lot into a weekend, and we want you to come and join us for Dance Fantasy on Friday, March 27th, and Saturday, March 28th. Dance Fantasy, hosted by the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (http://www.wilson-center.com/),will feature more than 130 student...

A little History of Mardi Gras

The great masquerade balls of earlier years were held in the richly decorated rooms of the city’s striking hotels, The St. Louis and the St. Charles, and public masked balls continued in theaters, ballrooms, and halls of several civic and social organizations. By the late 1800s dancing became a signature part of the celebrations, with...

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...