Category: Ballroom Dances

Take a Cue From The 1920’s and Learn to Tango

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Heat up your summer evenings with your favorite partner by letting the professionals at Fred Astaire Dance Studios teach you the tango; a steamy dance that roared onto the dance scene in the 1920s. Holding a red rose between your teeth is optional. The tango has its roots in brothels and dance halls of 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Heat Up Your Valentines Day (or night)

On Valentines Day, Ballroom Dancing makes an extra special date for that extra special someone. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re like me. You’re probably still looking for something romantic to do with your significant other. If you’re tired of the old stand by of a swanky dinner or a movie....

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...

Empty Nest? We’ve Got You Covered!

Do you have an empty nest? Ballroom dancing can be a great way to stay active and bring families together. Your child’s first semester at college can be a stressful time for many parents. Empty Nest Syndrome (YES, that’s actually a thing, and you are not alone). Can be a debilitating period of grief and...

Date Night

Going out for a date night? Get off your phones and on the floor! A dance date night could be just what every couple needs. We’ve all read the articles about how our phones are going to take over our bodies, give us cancer and replace our social life. SO we’ve put together a great...

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...

Learning to Dance in the Rain

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“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!”  – Vivian Greene At some time or another every ballroom dancer gets stuck in a dance rut. In my experience this happens right before a big break through. The road is the hardest right at the peak....

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...

Gettin’ Hot and Steamy with the Tango

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There is no question that Tango dancing is a pretty sexy ballroom dance to learn. Spinning and dipping and whisking your partner off her feet sounds pretty hot to me! So what does it look like to start learning a dance like the Tango? And can anyone just walk in off the street and start...

Dance Your Way to a Beach Bod! How Many Calories Are You Burning?

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How Many Calories Are You Burning While Dancing? Ballroom Dance vs. Barre, Yoga and Running So let’s see how different fitness routines measure up. We’ve taken a look at some popular fitness fads and compared them to the fun, difficulty and overall calories burned. Take a closer look and you might be hitting the dance...

How to Be a Better Leader in 5 Simple Steps

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Listen to your partner. That means the good and the bad. So often new dancers go into critique overload and overlook everything they’re doing right. Yes, you should listen if your partner says you’re knocking her off her balance or stepping on her toes. But you should also make a mental note of the things...

5 Must Know Dances for Every Occasion

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We’ve all been caught unprepared at some time in our lives. Not knowing how to dance should not be on that list. If learning to dance in general seems like too big a task, we’ve put together a list of the must haves. Going to a wedding, have a work event or dinner date? We’ve...

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,...

5 Benefits of Ballroom Dancing You Probably Did Not Know!

We all know physical activity of any kind is good for your body. Obviously we know dancers have pretty amazing physiques (we have seen dancing with the stars after all.) But do you know that dancing is actually more than just a healthy hobby for your body? We’ve been seeing reports being published almost weekly...

5 Reasons You NEED to Learn to Ballroom Dance

Every adult young or old will inevitably be put in the situation of needing to know how to dance.  Don’t be caught unprepared. There are so many benefits to learning to ballroom dance. But today we’re going to talk about the necessary life events that require at least a working knowledge of how to dance....

How Ballroom Dancing Can Help Your Communication

“Communication is, above all, a skill — and very few people know how to communicate effectively, naturally. It takes thoughtfulness and a lot of practice.” – Carl Alasko, PhD Author of Say This Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Effective Intrapersonal Communication. In the age of information, we have become desensitized by our iPhones and...

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...

What Does a First Dance Lesson Look Like?

As a professional Ballroom Dance Instructor, I see people of all ages and abilities that come to me for dance lessons. The one thing they all have in common is their first lesson. Everyone comes in for a first dance lesson and everyone has some sort of nerves associated with the first lesson. I get...

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...

6 Reasons Everyone (including YOU) Should Compete in Ballroom Dancing

Not many people start out Ballroom Dancing because they want to be competitive dancers. Most people start out seeing someone having a blast on the dance floor and begin to get inspired to learn themselves. Most folks want to learn to look comfortable and confident and simply, not make fools of themselves. So then what...

Ballroom Dancing: An Investment in Yourself

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The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing are Endless! From improved self-confidence to better balance and flexibility. Recently however, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of dancing and cognitive process. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have had astounding breakthroughs using music and exercise. It only makes sense that when they applied ballroom dancing and...

Why Your Sons and Daughters Should Be Ballroom Dancing

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There are so many amazing benefits to learning a skill like ballroom dancing! There’s no doubt that we all admire the folks who get up on the dance floor first. So why is it that some of us shy away from ever taking the leap and getting into some dance lessons? Even more so why...

Pay Attention Fellas! Here’s The Reason Women Love Men That Can Dance

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It’s no secret that chicks dig guys that can dance. So why is it that some men avoid the dance floor like the plague? Also, what is with the obsession with dancing in the first place? Couldn’t they pick something easier like fishing or watching football? That’s masculine enough isn’t it? Well, interestingly enough the...

Do You Know Your Learning Style?

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Identify your individual learning style and see how easy it can be to learn something new like Ballroom or Latin dancing.   Have you ever tried to learn something fairly simple, yet failed to grasp the key ideas? Or tried to teach people and found that some were overwhelmed or confused by something quite basic?...

5 Exercises to Improve Your Dancing and Get in Shape

#1 Planks Using your core is key for all types of movement and core strength will help your balance as well. Get into pushup position on the floor. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms. Your elbows should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your body should form a...

Dance Floor Etiquette

From Beginners to Advanced I have seen many great ballroom dancers on the floor. In my opinion what makes a good dancer is not how fancy your moves are but how well you understand dance floor etiquette. There are some basic, but not always spoken common practices when it comes to Ballroom Dancing. 1. Woman...

How Ballroom Dancing Makes You A Better Person

Most people will agree ballroom dancing is good for you – improved stamina, greater flexibility, improved brain power, what’s not to like? Yet, even more important then the obvious benefits are the subtle changes it makes to the kind of person you are, as you go through life seeking ever better ways to make it...

8 Weird Things Your Dance Teacher Says

By Nichelle Suzanne September 1, 2015 12:11 PM SHARE FacebookGoogle+TwitterEmail Dance teachers say and do some crazy things (like tell you a few little white lies!), but even their strangest sayings are meant to help you become a better dancer. From using oxymorons to requests that seem impossible (“close your ribs” sound familiar?!), here are eight odd things you...

Dance, Dance, Dance

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I just put my feet in the air and move them around. ~Fred Astaire 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...