Category: Dance Info, News & Trends

Helpful Tips to Achieve Perfect Ballroom Competition Hair!

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There are three key components that make up a dance competition; the dancing, the audience, and the dancers themselves. Can you guess what the first thing is that the audience notices? That’s right, the dancer’s appearance – their costume, hair, and makeup to be specific. A dancers outfit, hair, and makeup play a big part...

A Few Simple Ways Dance Skills Can Boost Your Happiness

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Dancing is certainly not just for women, nor is it just a formal activity saved for ballets and ballrooms. It is an essential part of social life. From bars to corporate fundraisers, knowing how to dance will never fail to impress. Here are five separate ways dancing can improve your quality of life. Laws Of...

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...

Why Should I Take Ballroom Dance Lessons?

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Our Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Montville offers 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...

5 Unexpected Benefits of Dancing

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Montville invites you to dance! You’re going to make new friends, get some great exercise and have fun. You expect that, but here are 5 other benefits of dancing that are going to make you healthier and happier! 1. Diminish stress. Maybe it’s the partner or maybe it’s the music,...

The Perfect Gift This Holiday Season? DANCE!

This holiday season, give the gift of dance! Toys and trinkets will be lost and forgotten in no time at all, but dance is a life-long journey. Dance is good for the mind, body and soul, so give the gift that has inherent value and is sure to bring your loved one great joy. Nothing...

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...

Get Ready To Burn This Disco Out!

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We jumped into the Wayback Machine to find this clip. Because we’re going back in time … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX2FffaLdks Yes, we actually have a Disco Party on Friday, June 29! We’ll have a DJ playing disco/hustle music as well as our usual variety of tunes. The party is open to the public, and it’s $15 for...

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...

Dancing With Our Fred Astaire Stars!

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Dancing is a collaborative activity, but a little competition is never a bad thing. Keeps us on our toes, so to speak. We are having a “Dancing with the Fred Astaire Stars” Competition starting on Thursday, March 22. It’s a four-week series where the students who sign up will perform a short demonstration and get...

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...

Fred Astaire New Jersey Regional Showcase Is Here!

Fast reminder here, as we’ve all been so busy with back-to-school, busy lives and (of course) our dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Montville. We’ve got our Fred Astaire New Jersey Regional Showcase rapidly approaching on Saturday, Sept. 16.  It is A Tribute to America. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the...

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...

Don’t Miss Our Next Summer Showcase!

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We dance for fun and we dance for pleasure, but we also dance with a purpose. Improving our skills on the dance floor is always a challenge, and we do like to show our peers, our friends and our family exactly what we have been able to achieve through our diligence and passion for excellence...

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 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,...

Top 10 Reasons To Dance 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 Montville Fred Astaire Dance Studio might even be better for you than a joining a gym! Switch up your workout routine and have some fun on the dance floor! Dancing...

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...

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...

5 Tips to Keep Dancing Healthy and Fun!

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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 Montville wants to make sure you take good care of your body as you learn to dance and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Celebrate the End of the Year with Your Montville Dance Studio Family

Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Montville loves the holiday season and the opportunities to celebrate good times and good friends. On Sunday, Dec. 13, we’ll be having our Masquerade Holiday Ball at the Imperia in Somerset (1714 Easton Ave., 732-469-2522). We’d love to see you there, but how will we know it’s you under...

Cheer us on This Weekend!

You know dancing is fun and pleasurable, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little bit of competition as well. Our own Shane Mallon and Alyssa Rodriguez will be dancing at the 2015 Northeast Dancesport Championships and we know they would love your support. This is a weekend long event beginning Friday, Nov. 13...

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...

October Guest Coaches

Fred Astaire Dance Studios always offers the finest in instructors and instruction, and we love to bring in the finest teachers from other studios to broaden your knowledge. So please be sure you make an appointment or sign up on the sheet in the studio to have your lessons with these two fine visiting professionals....

2015 Showcase of Stars “Magical Moments”

Tickets for the 2015 Showcase of Stars “Magical Moments” at Bergen Technical School on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. are now on sale. Tickets can be easily purchased here in our Montville Dance studio! You can call our studio at 973-917-3034 or simply visit the front desk to pick up tickets in advance! Tickets...

Special Guest Bruno Collins!

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We’re always eager to make sure our students get the best in dance instruction, and we know our well-trained and highly-qualified staff can provide that. We like to augment our staff instruction with guests who can also lend us their years of expertise and we’re pleased to welcome Bruno Collins, an internationally recognized dancer and...

Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Live Stream Event

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Join us in supporting a great cause! Our dance studio will be hosting a LIVE STREAMING of the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards ceremony on Monday, June 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event is being held at the Skirball Center for the Arts, New York, NY but the LIVE STREAM will be...

Practice Night this Friday, May 29th!

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Exercise, fun, improving dance and social skills; all of this is part of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Montville experience. Not to mention the new friendships that are being built every night as our students often go out dancing or have dinner afterwards together. Our Montville dance Practice Nights offer a fun, friendly atmosphere....

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 For Practice Night This Friday!

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We’re having a party! Actually, we’re having lots of them. And we hope you will join us at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Montville, New Jersey for dancing, fun and socializing with other like-minded people for our upcoming Practice Party. Our Montville dance parties offer a fun, friendly atmosphere. The Friday, April 24 Practice...

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...

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...