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Samba Your Way into Tip Top Shape Physically & Mentally

Ballroom dancing is an incredibly fun form of exercise that also has a number of social benefits as well. It’s not an exaggeration when we say that dancing is beneficial for your body, mind and soul! As you can imagine, dancing offers a great workout for the body in a number of ways. Let us...

Try Something Different in the New Year

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Wave goodbye to another year as it passes into memory and say hello to all of the excitement and potential that comes with a brand new year.  Instead of making resolutions that you will never keep, we would like to suggest something that will truly make a difference in your life for this year and...

Get a Head-Start on Burning Off the Holiday Bulge

When researching weight loss solutions, it’s always best to adopt the attitude of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Does this pill really “target and zap fat away?” Probably not. Does this one weird trick really make the pounds fall off? Definitely not. Luckily, eating right and finding the right...

Dance Away Your Stress

Sure, this time of year is fun and festive, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Stress is a natural part of life and like so many things, it ebbs and flows. The holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year for a lot of people. Cooking, baking, shopping, cleaning, work deadlines, relatives visiting… the...

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s is one of the cruelest diseases. It nibbles away at the mind, reducing cognitive function and memory, changing behavior. It has no cure. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan designated it so in 1983 and we are honoring that at our Fred Astaire Dance Studio. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there were...

3 Social Benefits of Dance

We are, by nature, social creatures. We rely on interaction with others to make common cause, to feel worthy and needed, to develop and maintain relationships and friendships. This isn’t always easy. But dance can help. Dance – and the many activities at  Fred Astaire Dance Studios – emphasize a sense of inclusion and community...

Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we at Fred Astaire Dance Studios are proud to support this campaign against a terrible disease that takes more than 50,000 lives each year. Those who have touched by this disease as a survivor, a friend, a loved one, or a caregiver, healthcare provider, etc.– find that...

4 Myths About Great Posture and How Dance Can Help

Having great posture is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, however, it tends to be something most people don’t pay much attention to. Fortunately, if you are taking dance lessons, it is something to will learn to focus on. Let’s begin with some “myths” about great posture: 1. You should have a flat back....

Why Men Should Take Dance Lessons

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Gentlemen, it’s time to get out on that dance floor and move! The benefits are innumerable and the downside is non-existent. For one, dancing is a great way to meet others, especially at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio. It’s a low-pressure atmosphere and you’ll be among folks with a common goal – learning to...

Why Dancing Is Great for Self Confidence

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If you’ve ever seen a dance competition, or even an episode of the wildly popular dance shows such as “Dancing With The Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance?”, or “Americans Got Talent”, you probably couldn’t help but notice the confidence and ‘swag’ that these dancers carry on and off the dance floor.  As viewers,...

Strengthen Your Dance Skills & Become a Better Dancer With These Tips

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Dance opens so many pathways to a better, richer life. Dance is beneficial for a person’s health on every level, providing physical activity, an outlet for creativity and the opportunity for more meaningful social interactions. All of these lead to a richer, fuller existence and open the door for personal improvements in each area. Ballroom...

Get Fit While Planning Your Wedding Dance!

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Are you ready for the best and longest day of your life? There’s the ceremony, the pictures, the dancing, the guests to greet – weddings can be exhausting. That’s why it’s important to be sure you can make it all the way through your big day. It is your day, after all, and you want...

Downtown View Episode 4 || Life of a Ballroom Dance Studio

Downtown View Episode 4 [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9ZHrGm9pDM[/embedyt] Dear Friends, Welcome to the Downtown View. Vlog about Ballroom Dancing and the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Downtown New York. This is a weekly Vlog, so every week, please stop by and see what news we have prepared for you! You will get to see the Studio, meet up...

Downtown View Episode 3 || Life of a Ballroom Dance Studio

Downtown View Episode 3 [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU4xDXp9Odo[/embedyt]\\ Dear Friends, Welcome to the Downtown View. Vlog about Ballroom Dancing and the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Downtown New York. This is a weekly Vlog, so every week, please stop by and see what news we have prepared for you! You will get to see the Studio, meet up...

Downtown View Episode 2 || Life of a Ballroom Dance Studio

Downtown View Episode 2 [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqCWYaWr-h8[/embedyt] Dear Friends, Welcome to the Downtown View. Vlog about Ballroom Dancing and the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Downtown New York. This is a weekly Vlog, so every week, please stop by and see what news we have prepared for you! You will get to see the Studio, meet up...

Downtown View Episode 1 | Life of a Ballroom Dance Studio

Downtown View Episode 1 [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Wyuqlv9TY[/embedyt]   Dear Friends, Welcome to the Downtown View. Vlog about Ballroom Dancing and the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Downtown New York. This is a weekly Vlog, so every week, please stop by and see what news we have prepared for you! You will get to see the Studio, meet...

The Benefits of Unleashing Your Competitive Side

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We love many things about dance. The beauty. The elegance. The teamwork with a trusted partner. The competition. Wait. What? Yes, the competition. As our dancers progress through the Fred Astaire Trophy System, they often wish to test their skills and dedication against others. Whether it’s a studio Mini-Match or a regional event or the...

Dance Spotlight: The Jive!

One of the beauties of ballroom dance is that a once-popular style never needs to go away. It can continue in its original form, or it can grow and change and remain a fixture among savvy dancers. Which brings us to Jive. Once upon a time, this lively style of dance was known as the...

It’s No Coincidence That Football Players Have Such Success on DWTS

We all love watching “Dancing With the Stars” to see how the celebrities progress and grow as dancers. Especially the athletes. Ever notice how many of those on the show have been football players? Let us just name the ones who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Emmitt Smith (Season 3 champion), Jerry Rice,...

The Best Ballroom Dance Styles For Beginners

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Learning to dance provides you with social skills that last a lifetime and allows you to feel at ease in any situation where there is music and dancing. Once you decide that now is the time to learn how to dance, you may wonder which style is best to start with and which style will...

Debunking Common Ballroom Dance Myths

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Dance is one of the truly great things in our world. It’s expressive, vibrant, passionate. It brings people together. It celebrates music and movement. It’s romantic and healthy on just about every level – physical, emotional, social. And yet, every now and then, we hear from studio members who tell us that someone they like (or...

4 Reasons to Love The Tango

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Ah the Tango. Romantic, passionate, intense, sensual. There are so many reasons to love this Latin dance style. The Tango is one of the most highly stylized ballroom dances we teach. It is dramatic, with measured crossing and flexing steps to the front, the side and the back combined with turns. Of all the dances...

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...

3 Ways Dad Will Benefit From Dance Lessons

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What do we get dear old Dad on Father’s Day? This is a dilemma for many. A tie? Been there. A polo shirt? Done that. Baseball cap? Yes, about three years ago. Let’s think about giving Pop something he can not only use and enjoy now, but also well into the future (no, we are not...

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...

Burning Calories & Feeling Happier With Dance; Just How Much of a Workout Is Ballroom Dancing?

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“Burn, baby, burn, it’s a disco inferno.” Ah, we remember those lyrics from disco’s heyday. And while disco isn’t the hot, hot, hot thing of the past, all manner of line dances and high-energy dances have taken its place. Dance is, of course, a wonderful form of personal expression and also one that can involve a...

A Simple Guide to the 10 Traditional Dances of Ballroom Dance

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If you are interested in ballroom dance but don’t know where to begin, then there’s only one place to start: beginner dance classes at Fred Astaire  Dance Studios. Learning the most widely known partner dances can make you a star in any social gathering, and bring some fun and culture to your life at the...

Are You Ready to Hit the Dance Floor this Wedding Season?!

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It’s that time again. The invitations are arriving in the mail and happy couples are announcing their wedding dates. June is such a popular month for nuptials and you know how much planning and effort went into finding a venue and a great band or DJ for a memorable event. The celebration will, of course,...

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...

Where To Take Your Dance Routine For Vacation

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio students work diligently to perfect their steps on the dance floor, to master the dances they learn – and have fun along the way. They come to our partice parties and our outings, they dance, they meet others who share that passion for dancing. But there’s a big world out there, and...

5 Reasons Couples Should Take Ballroom Dance Lessons

The closer you are, the closer you get. The closer you get, the closer you are. When couples take dance lessons together, they create a tighter bond, a better relationship and enjoy a more intimate physical relationship. The dance lesson – and, for that matter, any time the couple takes to the dance floor together...

6 Ballroom Dances Sure To Turn Up the Heat This Winter

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...

Dance Into The New Year With Fred Astaire Dance Studios!

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We all look forward to the New Year as a time for a fresh start, a change of habits, a clean slate. We make resolutions. Oh, brother. We make resolutions. Usually they involve losing weight, getting in better shape, doing something for our health and mental outlook. Fred Astaire Dance Studios is the perfect place...

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...

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...

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....