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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,...

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...

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...

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!...

You’re Never Too Old to Start Dancing!

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It is quite common to see older friends, family, and members of the community lose their agency and physical strength to the rigors of aging. It can be quite disempowering but aging doesn’t mean you have to give up your agency. There are a whole host of exceptional exercise methods that you can practice well...

Dancing Brings Out a Better You

Like all forms of physical fitness, dance is an exceptional way to get healthy and stay healthy, whether you are 10 years old or 100. The physical and mental health benefits of dance are so numerous and exciting that we must share a few of them with you! Reduce the Effects of Aging Due to...

No Matter What Stage Your Relationship Is In, Dancing Reigns Romantic

  Whether it’s your first dance together or your 100th, very few activities scream out romance as much as dancing.  And with Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to reignite those romantic sparks with your special someone. Experience New Levels of Excitement Dancing not only offers the opportunity for new couples to explore...

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,...

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...

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...

4 Goals Ballroom Dancers Can Get Behind In The New Year

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As soon as the ball drops on New Years Eve many of us feel a burst of excitement and inspiration about the year ahead and the goals we’ve put it in place! If you’re a current student, or someone interested in learning how to dance, than consider setting some goals related to dance. Ballroom dancing...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

5 Best Stretches for Dancers

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Stretching is an essential part of dance. Stretching alone can prepare you physically and mentally for dance or any type of exercise. Whether you’re preforming or just practicing, stretching determines flexibility and your overall performance as a dancer. Here are 5 of the best stretches that’ll improve and prepare you for any type of dance....

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...

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...

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...

Fun Facts About Our Namesake, Fred Astaire

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We’re named for him and you may be able to name his movies and his more famous partners like Ginger Rogers, but here are some things you may not know about Fred Astaire: He started dancing for a very pragmatic reason. You may know that Fred Astaire began dancing professionally in 1905 with his sister,...

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,...

5 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...

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...

No Matter Your Skill Level, Consider Private Dance Lessons!

You may already be aware of the fun and value of dancing, and if you don’t, let us show you! Take your passion, or curiosity, of dancing to another level with private lessons. You do not need a dance partner to sharpen your skills when you sign up for private dance lessons. This is just...

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...

We Paired Our Favorite First Dance Songs & Styles For Your First Wedding Dance

We’ve married our favorite weddings songs with their perfect dance style match. Whether you are dreaming of a traditional wedding or a unique celebration to match your personalities, we’ll help you choose the perfect dance for your first spin around the dance floor. Waltz Been dreaming of that fairytale wedding entrance with prince charming leading...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....