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Fred Astaire Dance Studios, in the News!

At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, it’s always exciting when our talented staff & students, and exciting events & locations are celebrated in the media! From local community stories to national news, our goal is to help share the inspiring examples of how the positive and transforming power of dance enriches lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Browse these links, and perhaps discover something new and engaging about dance. Then, step in to Fred Astaire Dance Studios and experience the joy and confidence that dance lessons can bring to your life.

Our owner, Ms. Elke Mischke, talking to Phyillis Nasiopulos of Woman’s Focus.

Fox 47 Reporter Dances In A Fred Astaire Competition

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Fred Astaire Mequon at the Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg

strawberryCEDARBURG — Strawberries are taking over Cedarburg. You can find everything from strawberry brats to strawberry wine, to of course, chocolate covered strawberries. Laura hangs in Cedarburg to preview their Strawberry Festival. Click here to learn more.

Article from the Medical College of Wisconsin featuring one of our students

Her story is on pages 12-14.

At 88, she got up off the floor to dance again

walkcol15pMove over, Betty White.

Octogenarian Sara Shipe of Grafton – she’s 88, same as Betty – gets the spotlight now.

White is coming off last week’s wildly successful hosting job at “Saturday Night Live.” Agreed, she was fabulous and funny.

But Shipe – who may be to ballroom dancing what White is to comedy – is no slouch, either. Topping off months of recovery from multiple pelvis and elbow fractures, she donned a sparkling dress and her dancing shoes and fox-trotted her way out of a Cedarburg rehabilitation center last month.

“It felt pretty good after lying in bed all that time,” she said.

Now she’s back to weekly dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Mequon and working out again with a personal trainer.

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InStep Featuring Mr. and Mrs. Barnum, Students At Mequon


Story of a woman at Fred Astaire Westhartford who dances for brain power


A Connecticut woman is headed to a national dance championship to show that dancing can help your body and mind.

West Hartford resident Mary Dougherty said she is ready to dance.

“She’s up or anything,” said Clemens Lengenfelder, who is a dance instructor with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. “She spins. She flips…She dips. She chimays.”

Dougherty is 89 years old.

Whether it is a tango on a Tuesday, or a Friday foxtrot, Dougherty exercises her mind and body by ‘cutting a rug’ at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Hartford.

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Fred Astaire Greensboro Couple Dancing To Relieve “Empty Nester” Syndrome

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February 2019: Tony Dovolani, Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Co-National Dance Director, Shares Special Birthday Dance with 106 Year Old Student! 

November 2018: Winds of Change – New Leadership Team at the Helm of  an Exciting NEW Fred Astaire Dance Studios 

November 2018: Fred Astaire Dance Studios Makes Premiere Appearance in Macy’s NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade! 

August 2018: More Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Locations Add Para Dance Sport to their Curriculum

June 2018: Fred Astaire Dance Studios Bloomfield Hills MI Hosts Country’s First Sanctioned Para Dance Instructor Training

March 2017: Crain’s Detroit Business Features Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills MI