Category: Dance Info, News & Trends

Did You Know Dancing Can Reduce The Onset of Dementia?

Fred Astaire Dance Studios encourages seniors to start dancing to stay in shape, have fun and help stave off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared November National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month to help raise awareness for the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative brain disease that impacts memory,...

Breast Cancer & The Benefits of Dance For Survivors

Breast Cancer Awareness Month does more than simply alert us that this cruel killer of a disease remains untamed. It reminds us not only of the lives lost but the ones saved, the survivors. Whether in remission or cured, those who have suffered from breast cancer can continue to have a number of physical and...

Mental Health Awareness & The Mental Health Benefits of Dancing

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Feeling stressed? Not a surprise. This has not been an easy road. Health in the time of the coronavirus has become an issue extending far beyond the physical damage that can be done by COVID-19. Life as we know it has been severely disrupted. The mind/body connection, so important to overall wellness, can break down...

National Ballroom Dance Week Reminds Us To Never Stop Learning

September always reminds us of learning and the challenges of mastering new worlds. As children in school, we studied the basics. In college we branched out into areas that complemented reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic – philosophy, art, dance. We soaked it all in and it made us who we are today. Learning is a lifelong...

Is Dancing on the Menu This Labor Day?

This Labor Day might not be the same as past ones but that’s no reason we can’t still enjoy the holiday. We just need to find different ways of doing it. Planning a backyard barbecue with the family? Party on. But let’s think about staying active if we can’t march in the parade or go...

Regular Stretching Improves Ballroom Dance Skills

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Did you know that dancing can help increase flexibility and give you relief from muscle aches? Keep your body in tip-top shape and ensure your ballroom dance skills flourish by starting a regular stretching routine. Regular stretching can improve physical performance, decrease injury, improve joint movement and improve muscles, Mayo Clinic reports. When we do not stretch,...

Get A Head Start!

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“To dance is to live,” wrote Charles M. Schulz, the beloved creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang. And that’s just what our plan is – to dance and to live. Dance has always enhanced life, made it sweeter. Maybe now more than ever. As the world edges toward a new normal, we’re...

Fred Astaire Dance Studios® NEW Online Lessons Platform

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Staying mentally, emotionally and physically sound during trying times is one of the best prescriptions we can offer. Dance is a great way to bust stress and stay in shape. You don’t even need to leave the house – because now, dance will come to you, with Fred Astaire Dance Studios® new Online Lessons platform!...

4 Stretching Tips to Avoid Injury and Help Flexibility

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Even though we can’t physically be in the studio, we hope all of our students are continuing to practice their dance techniques at home. As a matter of fact, it’s very important to keep a routine and incorporate healthy activities that will keep your body moving and spirits high! We know dance can do that!...

Lets Dance! A Celebration of Our Students + Father’s Day

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Who loves ya, baby? Why, we do! And we plan to show you just how much at our Annual Client Appreciation Buenos Aires Party on Thursday, June 13, right here in the Paradise Valley studio. The mere mention of Buenos Aires conjures up thoughts of the sensuous tango, and you don’t want to miss any...

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...

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,...

Celebrating National Ballroom Dance Week

National Ballroom Dance Week is rapidly approaching, and your Paradise Valley studio is ready with some exciting events for our students and the public. NBDW begins Monday, Sept. 24 and runs through Sept. 29 and is a celebration of all that is good and healthy in dance. It is also an opportunity to give back...

Special Guest Coach This Month!

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Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Paradise Valley already offers the best in ballroom dance instruction, whether you prefer private lessons or group classes. But we’re going to raise the bar just a bit on Tuesday, Aug., 28, when Stephen Knight joins us as a guest coach. He will be here beginning at 6 p.m....

Save the Date for our Havana Nights Spotlight!

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Our students take pride in their dedication to dance and we respect the hard work they put into mastering dance steps and routines.!We love it when they get a chance to show the world how far they’ve come and how much talent they have.) That next opportunity arrives August 10th with our Havana Nights Spotlight!!...

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...

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...

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...

World Renowned Dancer, Karina Smirnoff Is Coming To Our Studio!

Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Paradise Valley has a special workshop coming up and we know you will want to be there. So we’re getting the word out early and giving you a chance to sign up now for our Latin Dance Class with Karina Smirnoff! The Latin Dance Class will be held at...

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...

Why Should I Take Ballroom Dance Lessons?

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...

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...

Getting Back Into the Swing Of Things

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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...

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 To Learn The West Coast Swing At Our Dance Studio

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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,...

3 Reasons To Dance With Us This Summer

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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...

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...

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...

Dance Fusion is Days Away! Get all the details!

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Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Arizona is proud to present its regional annual dance showcase, Dance Fusion 2017! Enjoy performances from Fred Astaire Dance Studio students and, of course, our studio professionals as they take the stage for a show and evening you do not want to miss. This year’s show theme: Chicago. Dance Fusion...

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,...

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...

Tis’ The Season For Giving

The holiday season is all about dance. Those who are part of the Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio family know this well, from their lessons to the great parties we’ve been having all month. But just think about it. Dance is joy, and that’s what the holidays are about. It all starts at Thanksgiving with...

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...

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...

New! Zumba Classes at our Paradise Valley Dance Studio

BALLROOM ZUMBA is finally here at our Paradise Valley dance studio and it’s tons of fun!  No matter your shape, physical condition or previous dance experience, anyone can Zumba! We are combining our love for Ballroom Dance and the fun, fast-pace of Zumba into “Ballrumba”! If you hate to work out but love to dance, Zumba is...

DanceSport Challenge Is Less Than A Month Away; Get All The Details!

Our Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Arizona regional ballroom dance competition, the Arizona DanceSport Challenge, is right around the corner on Saturday, October 1st! We would like to invite you all, students and the general public, to take part and support your fellow dancers and our dedicated professionals. If you love the glitz and glamour...

Corky Ballas Workshop at Fred Astaire Paradise Valley!

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Once again your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Paradise Valley has a special workshop with a very special guest and we know you will want to be there. So we’re getting the word out early and including here a special link through which you can purchase your tickets for this workshop with the amazing Corky Ballas....

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...

Kids Classes Are Back at Fred Astaire Paradise Valley!

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For many generations, cotillions were the way that youth and adults (but mostly youths) learned to socialize through dance. Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Paradise Valley won’t be quite so formal, but we are pleased to announce the start on Monday, August 1st, of our Kids Class. What a fabulous way to get your...

Karina Smirnoff Workshop at Fred Astaire Paradise Valley!

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Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Paradise Valley has a special workshop coming up and we know you will want to be there. So we’re getting the word out early and including here a special link through which you can purchase your tickets for this workshop with the fabulous Karina Smirnoff. The event with Karina...

Fred Astaire World Championships; All the Info you Need

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The Fred Astaire World Championships are on the horizon and the excitement is starting to build. This is a prestigious Fred Astaire Dance Studios National Competition, so all studios throughout the nation, professionals and students, will be competing and participating. The place: Las Vegas’ fabulous Bellagio Resort and Casino. The dates: July 25-29. Registration begins...

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...

Astaire Awards Ball 2016 Is Here!

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The Astaire Awards Ball 2016 is our next big event and it is a weekend of outstanding performance, competition and glamour. This is dance at its finest. The Astaire Awards Ball 2016 begins on Friday, June 17 at 5 p.m. and continues through Sunday, June 19 at The Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas. Friday’s festivities...

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...

New Kids Dance Class This Month!

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For many generations, cotillions were the way that youth and adults (but mostly youths) learned to socialize through dance. Your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Paradise Valley won’t be quite so formal, but we are pleased to announce the start on Wednesday, April 6, of our Kids Class. What a fabulous way to get your...

Desert Dance Classic is Here!

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Rise and shine … and dance! The Desert Dance Classic is coming soon and it’s a great, all-day event that starts early and goes late. We’ll see you on Saturday, March 19, at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday evening we host a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball complete with dinner,...

Cupid’s Ball this Friday!

Toujours l’amour – love always. Love is in the air at your Fred Astaire of Paradise Valley Dance Studio with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching. Please join us on Friday, Feb. 12, for Cupid’s Ball: An Affair of the Heart. Join your Fred Astaire Paradise Valley family to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Bring the one you love...

Dance Fusion 2016 is Here!

The Dance Fusion Regional Showcase is almost here! Make sure you have your tickets for this outstanding event on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Community College Theater. This showcase is a dance recital for adults. Students and professionals will be dancing to amazing show routines that have been professionally choreographed for...

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...

Paradise Valley Dance Studio Outing!

We have a great time teaching dance and we hope you have just as wonderful a time learning and practicing in our Paradise Valley dance studio. But every now and then we get the urge to take our act on the road, and you are invited! Students, come one and come all to Talking Stick...

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...

Halloween Costume Party at our Paradise Valley Dance Studio!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this Thursday, October 29th when we hold our Halloween Costume Party beginning at 7:30 p.m. at our Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Paradise Valley. Break out your best Halloween costume and come boogie with us! Did you always want to be a football star or a princess? A...

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...

Feeling Down? Come Tango!

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The roots of the tango may explain why it can be used today to ease depression. You know the rhythm. You may have used a common phrase, “It takes two to tango”. You may find it romantic and lovely. But, that’s far from the roots of the Tango. Here are 5 facts about the tango...

Join the Dance of Time

Historians find it difficult to believe that there was ever a time when man didn’t dance. Two sticks struck against each other create rhythm and rhythm and dance are inseparable. Here are some of the early evidence that man has always enjoyed dance – and how dancing was used. The first evidence of dance is...

10 Movie Dances that Show the Power, Beauty and Fun of Dance

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Ask about a dance in a movie and someone is sure to say “Singing in the Rain”. It’s a classic, but here are more movie moves – some from films where you’d expect to find them – some not so much! All of them make you want to get up and move with beat! Here...

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Dance Lessons

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You’ve decided to go for it! You’re going to get back on the dance floor. You want to get off to a good start so you’re going to brush up on your skills at a local dance instruction center. Here are 7 ways to make sure that you get the most out of the experience!...

8 Cool Summer Fun Ideas for Adults

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Summer threatens to turn us all into couch potatoes.  Outdoor exercise routines aren’t much fun in the heat – if you can do them at all.  So, enjoy summer – just like you did when you were a kid.  Turn off the TV and try some of these 8 summer fun ideas. Go to the...

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...

Tango Dancing Benefits Parkinson’s Patients

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Ballroom dancing isn’t just for fun; there are many health benefits that have a positive effect on our physical, emotional, and social well-being.  Now comes a new study showing evidence that dancing the tango could be therapeutic for people with Parkinson’s Disease.  Read about it here… Tango Dancing Benefits Parkinson’s Patients

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...