Category: Dance Competitions

Dancing With the Stars: Finale – And the Winner Is…

Season 28 of Dancing With the Stars has officially ended, and we have a new Mirrorball Champion. On Monday night, Lauren Alaina, Kel Mitchell, Ally Brooke, and Hannah Brown left their hearts on the dance floor in the hopes of becoming this season’s winner. In the end, Lauren & Gleb placed fourth, Ally & Sasha...

Dancing With the Stars: Week 10 – We Did Not See That Elimination Coming

Monday was the Semi-Finals of Dancing With the Stars. After last week’s bottom 2 and elimination seemed to be based on the quality of the dancing instead of personality, I thought this week might be the same. Boy, was I wrong. Somehow, the two couples that I’ve been praising since the beginning (or very close...

Dancing With the Stars – Week 7: Trick or Treat? It’s Halloween Night

This week, Dancing With the Stars treated us to spooky routines from numerous different styles. The standouts? Kate Flannery and her partner Pasha. Her extensions and arm styling during their Rumba routine were beautiful. She has been working hard and you could tell from this performance. This was definitely my favorite of hers. Sadly, her...

Dancing With the Stars: Week 6 – Who Went Home? This Week’s Shocking Elimination

Week 6 of Dancing With the Stars showed continued growth for most of the dancers. After some amazing performances during Disney Night, the two couples facing elimination were not the ones we were expecting. Because of audience votes, either Ally Brooke and her partner Sasha or Sailor Brinkley-Cook and her partner Val would be going...

Dancing With the Stars – Week 5: The Magic of Disney

The Magic of Disney filled the hearts of the judges this past Monday, and no one was eliminated! Throughout the night there were a few standout performances. James Van Der Beek and Hannah Brown impressed, as they have the past four weeks. Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s Viennese Waltz was beautiful. It has been wonderful seeing her growth...

Dancing With the Stars – Week 4: Who Was Eliminated This Week?

Last week, Ray Lewis took himself out of the competition because of an injury. This week, the bottom two were selected by lowest live votes and lowest combined scores for weeks 2 and 3. Those numbers put Lamar & Peta and Karamo & Jenna in the bottom. In the end, Dancing With the Stars said...

Dancing With the Stars Eliminates First Contestant

Dancing With the Stars has eliminated its first contestant. Mary Wilson and her pro, Brandon Armstrong, are the first pair out of the competition. The judges had to choose between them and Ray Lewis and his partner, Cheryl Burke. In the end, the judges saved Ray and Cheryl. Do you agree with this elimination? Both...

Two More Dancers Eliminated on SYTYCD

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Another Monday has passed, which means another episode of So You Think You Can Dance has aired. After last episode, I had no idea who would be in the bottom and who would end up being sent home. Before we could find out who would make it into the Top 6, our Top 8 dancers...

The Boys in So You Think You Can Dance take their turn in front of the judges

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Another Monday passed, which means another episode of So You Think You Can Dance. This time the Top 10 boys performed to earn their spot in the next episode. Five guys were cut. Did our two ballroom dancers make it? Before we tackle that question, we need to talk about those three ballroom routines. (You...

Do you feel lucky? Try you luck at Fred Astaire Dance Studios – South Metro

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Do you feel lucky? Monte Carlo Night is when we transform the studio into a high-stakes casino where everyone leaves happy. Everyone is dressed to impress and the energy is high. Food is catered in. Chips are given to every attendee. And at the end of the night, everyone will get a prize. Mark your...

What you see on TV is amazing but not social dancing.

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  With so much dance gracing our television, especially ballroom dance, many think that’s what it looks like when out socially. Which is definitely not the case. Shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) don’t teach the dancers to dance; they teach them how to perform that dance....

Ballroom dancing has a strong presence in So You Think You Can Dance top 20

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  At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Eagan, we love So You Think You Can Dance. This past Monday night, they unveiled their top 10 boys and top 10 girls. In previous seasons, the top 20 has been heavily filled with contemporary dancers. But, this year, half of the top 10 girls and two of...

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...

The Dancer’s Journal: Demystifying the Language of Dance Competitions

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by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor You’ve told your Fred Astaire Dance Studio Instructor that you feel ready to do your first competition – CONGRATULATIONS!! You have a great conversation with him/her and come up with a plan to dance several heats in your current division, participate in championships and scholarships...

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...

Dance: Something This Mother and Daughter Have in Common

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Sari Gold and her daughter Emily walked into the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Manhasset, NY at different times, and for different reasons. But there’s one aspect of dance they agree on – that it’s enhancing their relationship, by giving them something to share, together. At Bellagio Las Vegas during FAWC 2017, Sari and Emily Gold, joined...

The Dancer’s Journal: That Old Feeling

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by Katyusha Schaffer Author, FADS Student Extraordinaire, and Amateur Competitor Racing heartbeat, trembling knees, sweaty palms… you’re not in love, but about to step out onto the competition dance floor! These 10 tips will help you push through your dance competition nerves and help you enjoy the journey. There’s that feeling again.  It starts as soon as you...

First, She Said YES To the Dress…

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When her husband, Mike, began getting serious about his dance lessons, Joan Treacy didn’t quite follow suit… until a ballroom dress, and the FADS Coral Gables FL family, changed her mind! Mike Treacy started ballroom dance lessons at a competing dance studio when he & his wife, Joan, moved to Miami ten years ago. Says...

Four Essential Things, to Be a Great Ballroom Dance Competitor

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by Stephen Knight, FADS National Dance Director As I think ahead to our Cross Country Dance Championships (CCDC) in Houston next month (Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ first national dance competition of 2018), I am reminded of last fall’s National Dance Championships (NDC), in Orlando. One of the thoughts I had over & over during that...

Doctor’s Orders: On Dance, Competing and Empathy

In addition to enriching her own life, dancing has helped Dr. Leslie Barnes Remski, Orthopedic Surgeon and FADS Pensacola, FL Student, to better empathize with her patients who have sustained injuries.  Dr. Leslie Barnes Remski had always been interested in dance, but never had the chance to train. When she moved to Pensacola, FL she...

One Student, Two Competitions – Two VERY Different Wins In a Single Year!

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To celebrate our 70th anniversary in 2017, Fred Astaire Dance Studios sponsored a Facebook contest, with a Grand Prize of a trip for two to our 2017 National Dance Championships in Orlando FL. Meet the Grand Prize winner:  Edward A. Ennett, Student at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Youngstown OH! Ed started dancing at FADS...

A Tiny, and Talented Competitive Ballroom Dancer!

Sasha, a student at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Miami Beach, sat down with her parents and inSTEP at the 2017 Fred Astaire World Championships in Las Vegas, to tell us why she loves dancing. Eight year-old Sasha truly enjoys competition. She takes dance lessons at the FADS Miami Beach studio “because I saw the trophies in...

Making That Competition Feeling Last Forever… An Open Letter to Pro Dancers

By Jack Rothweiler, Former FADS President One of the most exciting aspects of my position at Fred Astaire Dance Studios (FADS) was taking part in so many of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Regional and National Dance Competitions we host each year. Held in glamorous resort venues around the country, these events give FADS Students,...

How To Stay Calm For Dance Competitions

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We don’t always think about ballroom dance as being competitive, but at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we host numerous regional, national and international Pro-Am and Professional dance competitions, as inspiring opportunities for our students to compete, hone their dancing skills in  supportive environments, and experience exciting vacation destinations. These upcoming Fred Astaire Dance Studios National...

Would You Compete With Someone You Have Never Met?

It was on a Wednesday in July at the Mirage Hotel Las Vegas that Ted Postolachi first met his dance partners for the 2015 Fred Astaire World Championships (FAWC).  Ted, a Dance Instructor at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bardonia NY, was set to dance with Anna Tabolina and Ashley Michelle Jones, both of the...

FADS Middletown Shares their Pride in One of their Youngest Students!

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The staff at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Middletown, CT share their pride in one of their youngest stars, nine-year-old Aidan Boutin. Aidan and his twin sister, Abigail, began dancing tap and ballet when they were just three years old. When he was six, Aidan told his mother he wanted to spin the girls like they do...

The Story of a CCDC Newcomer

Many of our new Fred Astaire Dance Studio students soon find that they want more out of ballroom dancing than just a hobby. They begin to really challenge themselves as they work more consistently and passionately on their dance lessons. Some of them, like Wendy Walcott (Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee, Wisconsin) will even...

After Surgery, Rediscovering Dance

After two knee surgeries, Bree Kleist searched for a new way to keep moving – and rediscovered her love for dance! “My knees were killing me. I spent 8 years in the Air Force, four of them as a heating specialist, kneeling and squatting in front of furnaces and boilers all day long. I spent...