Ballroom Dances

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We Paired Our Favorite First Dance Songs & Styles For Your First Wedding Dance

January 31, 2018

We’ve married our favorite weddings songs with their perfect dance style match. Whether you are dreaming of a traditional wedding or a unique celebration to match your personalities, we’ll help you choose the perfect dance for your first spin around the dance floor. Waltz Been dreaming of that fairytale wedding entrance with prince charming leading […]

Exploring The Passion Of The Paso Doble

October 31, 2017

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 […]

Why Should I Take Ballroom Dance Lessons?

September 22, 2017

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 […]

Getting Back Into the Swing Of Things

August 27, 2017

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 […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Take West Coast Swing Dance Lessons

June 21, 2017

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 […]

Dance Styles that Burn the Most Calories

March 28, 2017

Dancing is a great physical activity. It is a fun way to exercise and burn calories! The many health benefits of taking dance lessons at the Mequon Fred Astaire Dance Studio might even be better for you than joining a gym! Switch up your workout routine, and have some fun on the dance floor! Dancing […]

How to Get the Most out of our Ballroom Dance Lessons

February 27, 2017

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 […]

5 Reasons to Dance During the Winter

January 27, 2017

The Winter months tend to negatively affect humans mentally and physically. The cold temperatures prevent some of you from going outside and being active. For others, the weather makes you less social and frequently tired or uninterested. There is a remedy for your “winter blues” and it’s dance! Here are some reasons you should be […]

National Blog Posts

6 Ballroom Dances Sure To Turn Up the Heat This Winter

January 15, 2018

Dancing is a great way to reignite the flame with your partner and these six styles of dance are sure to keep you warm this winter! Remember, ballroom dancing is a chance to do a little makeover on yourself. Feeling confident makes you feel more desirable, and frankly, how could you not be with these […]

How Well Do You Know Ballroom Dance Trivia?

September 12, 2017

This Ballroom Dance Trivia quiz was originally published in the Summer, 2014 issue of inSTEP Magazine, FADS’ quarterly publication. To order an inSTEP Magazine subscription (4 quarterly issues, mailed to your home or office), email inSTEP@FredAstaire.com. And check back again soon, for a new page featuring electronic editions of past issues! 1. This early form of […]

4 Reasons Why We Love to Salsa

July 1, 2017

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 it’s 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 […]

How To Stay Calm For Dance Competitions

April 17, 2017

We don’t always think about ballroom dance as being competitive, but at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, our students love the regional, national and international Pro-Am and Professional dance competitions we run, as inspiring opportunities to compete, travel and hone their dancing skills in a supportive and exciting environment. These upcoming Fred Astaire Dance Studios […]

History of the Cha Cha

February 28, 2017

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 is dance of three quick steps (Cha-Cha-Cha!) followed by two slower steps. With American Style Cha Cha averaging 30 beats per minute, […]