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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 […]

3 Reasons To Dance With Us All Summer Long!

May 28, 2017

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 […]

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 […]

Some Things Never Change, Like Our Appreciation For Dance

November 21, 2016

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 Many Benefits of Dance

September 30, 2016

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 […]

5 Tips to Keep Dancing Healthy and Fun!

August 25, 2016

Dancing can be easy and relaxing or it can be vigorous and exciting. Some people prefer one style over another and some folks like a good mix of different dance types. Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mequon wants to make sure you take good care of your body as you learn to dance and practice […]

National Blog Posts

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

June 15, 2018

Fred Astaire Franchised Studios across the globe participate in many regional and national competitions throughout the year. In order to feel fully prepared for a 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

May 15, 2018

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

March 15, 2018

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 South […]

Fred Astaire Dance Partners: January Birthdays

January 23, 2018

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?

November 1, 2017

You’ve taken the first step toward learning the steps … the dance steps. You stopped by your local Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, 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 […]