Category: Holidays

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...

Kick off the New Year on the Right Foot

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Shortly after the guilt of a gluttonous December sets in, we’re all ready to hit the “restart” button on our health. However. did you know that an estimated 80 percent of the New Year’s resolutions crowd drops their gym membership by the second week of February?* That’s why more and more people are getting their fitness...

Combat the Stress of the Holidays Through Dance!

There’s shopping to be done. And baking. And cleaning. And decorating. And runs to the airport. The job. The kids. The guests from out of town. Whew. Exhausting, isn’t it? And stressful. You can feel it as you grab the steering wheel of your car in a death grip. As the lines in stores grow...

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...

Dance Lessons Make The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about getting Mom a gift to show your appreciation for everything she’s done for you. Flowers and candy are nice, but you can do better than that. Why not get your Mom a gift that is unique and thoughtful: Dance lessons from...

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...

Looking Back on 2017 at FADS of West Hartford

Interesting time of year. We look back, a bit wistfully, and think about what we’ve done and what we have not. Then we look forward, and make plans for the coming year that are ambitious and exciting. A fresh slate offers a fresh perspective. We at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of West Hartford like to...

Fun and Practical Gift Ideas for Dancers

Holiday gift giving provides a special enjoyment for both the giver and receiver. Choosing something that can be well-used and appreciated by the recipient leaves us cheerful; being on the receiving end of gifts we can cherish warms our hearts. For Fred Astaire Dance Studio students, options are many when considering holiday gifts for friends...

Nine Reasons Why a Fred Astaire Dance Studios Gift Package Makes the Perfect Gift

If you’re scratching your head over what to give your spouse or significant other for their birthday, a special milestone, a holiday or your anniversary, we humbly suggest you consider ballroom dance lessons! Why? Because when you give the gift of a Fred Astaire Dance Studios Gift Package, you’re giving much more than dance lessons...

Tips For Throwing a Great Holiday Dance Party

Holiday parties are a great way to meet and mingle, and enjoy the spirit of the season. And if you choose to host a holiday party, you’ll want it to be a memorable dance party. We salute that as a noble goal, and we’re here to help you achieve exactly that. Whether your party is an...

Why We’re Thankful For Our Dance Instructors

Since it’s the Thanksgiving season, we grow a little introspective. We think of what we have, what we appreciate, the many things for which we are grateful. Often, those are not so much objects and possessions as the people in our lives. Our families, our good friends, the good people in our lives. At Fred...

We’re Swinging Into November With Some Great Events!

This is the time of the year when the temperature drops, but the fun never stops at your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of West Hartford. We will keep you hopping! The Regional Competition in Stamford is set for Nov. 9-11 (Thursday-Saturday). Students with an interest in watching the competition can stop by the front desk...

Eat, Drink, Dance, and Be Scary!

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We love October! The weather cools down, there are festivals and holidays and our minds begin to turn toward indoor activities and a long, cold (but not lonely at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of West Hartford) winter. We kick off the festivities on Friday, Oct. 6, with a day-long crafts fair. Stop by and take...

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...

Feeling Overwhelmed? – Effective Ways To Prevent Overloading Yourself

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Family, friends, work, texts, emails, Facebook, Twitter, 24/7 news updates. Social outings, the kids’ soccer practices and music lessons, grocery shopping, gardening. It never ends. Everything demands our attention and demands it immediately. We train ourselves for “fight or flight” responses and we pay the price. Mental and emotional overload from the daily stress can manifest...

Cinco de Mayo Star Wars Cantina Party!

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Feelin’ loco? Spice things up at our Cinco de Mayo Star Wars Cantina party! Yes, you read that right, we are combining Star Wars Day (May 4th…”may the fourth be with you.” Get it?!) with Cinco de Mayo.  Join us as we commemorate Mexican history and one of the greatest movie franchises of all time...

Don’t Give Up On Your New Year’s Resolution!

It’s been a month and the party’s over. Actually, all of the parties are over. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s. All done. And they may have left behind a bit of a mess for you to clean up, right around your waist line. A cookie here, some eggnog there, a few holidays treats in between,...

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...

Join Us: Cinco De Mayo

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We’ve got another great party coming up and the crew from Glastonbury will be joining us to create a festive Cinco de Mayo bash on Friday, May 1, at the West Hartford studio from 7:30-9 p.m. We’ll meet and greet, make some new friends and (as always) dance, dance, dance. Please wear red, green and...