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Empty Nesters – It’s time to find yourself!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Health, News, Performances, Success Stories | 0 comments

Empty Nesters – It’s time to find yourself!

Empty Nesters – It’s time to find yourself! You and your spouse have dreamed this day would come, you are officially an Empty Nester. Your children are grown, the hustle and bustle of after school activities, carpooling, sleepovers, homework, exams, and all that goes with raising a family has come to a screeching halt. The house is quiet you are not sure if you want to cry or do the Happy Dance. Its time to reconnect with your spouse, and do the things you have dreamed of. Bring some passion back into your relationship with Ballroom Dancing. It will bring you more laughter, bring you closer together, its a great way to meet other couples and give you time away from technology which everyone needs. Ballroom dancing is great for your body, mind and spirit. It helps you stay in shape physically and mentally. It improves your memory by making you recall dance steps, routines and being attentive to your partner. It is an excellent activity for all physical abilities. Being in your partners arms and leaving everything else behind is a magical feeling. Come to the dance floor to rekindle the romance with your spouse, live out forgotten dreams, and make new social contacts. With social dance parties, private lessons, group classes, competitive opportunities dance cruises and more, Fred Astaire is the perfect place to find...

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The Amazing Shadow Dancers

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Competitions, Current Event, Performances, Success Stories | 0 comments

The Amazing Shadow Dancers

A touching interpretation of a cycle of life! In this striking Britain’s Got Talent performance, the silhouettes of the Hungarian dancers paint image after image on the canvas formed by a background of light. T he images flow from one to the next, as vivid as the shapes in a kaleidoscope, while the dancers’ bodies speak the language of human feelings: love, compassion, joy and loss. We hope this video would raise your spirits and brings more sunshine into your life. Send us your thoughts by leaving a comment below. We’re...

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Don’t Be that Guy at Your Wedding!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Performances, Success Stories, Wedding | 0 comments

Don’t Be that Guy at Your Wedding!

Don’t Be that Guy at Your Wedding! Engaged couples spend a lot of money to plan the perfect wedding. Since one of the most celebrated events at a wedding in the bride and groom’s first dance, couples want to look great and are hiring their very own dance choreographer to teach them to dance like the stars to a happily-ever-after. When your big day comes you will feel confident and look amazing gliding across the dance floor with your bride to your song, be it a waltz, rumba or whatever you choose. Our talented pros can also choreograph a dance for your whole wedding party, and of course the Mother and Son dance. Fred Astaire Dance Studios can make your special day even more memorable. Here are 8 critical questions that Fred Astaire Dance Studios has created for couples to ask BEFORE they choose their wedding song and dance. 1) What’s the wedding date? Most couples need two to three months of instruction and practice so they know the dance automatically without thinking about it. 2) What dress will the bride wear? Is there a long train? What about shoes and high heels? The couple should practice in the wedding clothes so they learn to avoid tripping hazards. 3) DJ or band? With a DJ, the choreographers can make a special cut of the music that makes it easier for a dance. Bands are trickier because performers often play their own song renditions. 4) What kind of dance? Fred Astaire Dance Studio pros say most couples pick out their song right away, but they have no idea how to dance to it. Choreographers will help the couple pick a dance that works with the song. Or if the couple has a dance style in mind, choreographers can pick a song to match the dance. 5) How many guests and how big is the dance floor? Choreographers want to map out a dance so the couple faces the main audience most of the time. They will plan a dance around the layout of the room, the space and the location of the guests. 6) Photographer and or Videographer? Once the couple knows the dance they will want to meet with their photographer or videographer so these pros will know where to stand for the perfect shot. 7) Announcement of the Bride and Groom? Fred Astaire Dance pros recommend couples dance when they first arrive so their guests can enjoy the dance and then move onto the food and conversation. Otherwise guests are caught off guard in the middle of their meal. 8) How long is the dance? Dance pros say the wedding dance song should be no longer than a minute thirty to two minutes. This reduces the stress on the couple, particularly the groom who may be making his dance debut before a crowd. Plus, after two minutes, guests can get...

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Astounding Wire Balancing Act

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Competitions, Current Event, Performances, Success Stories | 3 comments

Astounding Wire Balancing Act

Here is the Astounding Wire Balancing Act Performance byTatiana Kundyk on the “Ukraine Got Talent” audition in Kharkiv, the second-largest city of the Ukraine.. Who knew this was even possible! Tatiana Kundyk does the most amazing things on a thin wire and leaves the audience and jury of ‘Ukraine Got Talent’ awestruck and impressed. We hope this video would raise your spirits and brings more sunshine into your life. Send us your thoughts by leaving a comment below. We’re...

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Acrobatic Duo

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Competitions, Current Event, Performances, Success Stories | 0 comments

Acrobatic Duo

Here is the World-class acrobatic dancers Stephan Choiniere and Tsvetelina Tabakova perform for the French TV Show “The Worlds Greatest Cabaret”. This powerful and impressive performance appeared on “Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde” (hosted by Patrick Sebastien) for the Cirque de Soleil show “Zumanity.” Choreographed by Stephan Choiniere. Music: “I Put A Spell On You” by Joe Cocker. We hope this video would raise your spirits and brings more sunshine into your life. Send us your thoughts by leaving a comment below. We’re...

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Dancing with the stars 2013

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Current Event, News | 0 comments

Dancing with the stars 2013

Each week while he competes on “Dancing with the Stars”, boxer Victor Ortiz, a former WBC welterweight champion, will answer a few questions from Sports Now editor Houston Mitchell and give some insight into the competition. Here are Ortiz’s thoughts about Week 4, which he offered via email. Q. This must have been a tough week. Critical comments for the judges, last one saved on the results show. How do you regroup mentally to prepare for next week’s dance? It’s so important to focus on working hard for next week. I try to make sure that the judge’s comments don’t get me down, but instead I take their comments and focus on how to prove to them that I can do better, and really show them what I am made of. Q. What has been the most surprising thing to you about being on the show so far? I guess being a boxer you don’t really think that you will ever be on a dancing show at all. It’s just so different from what I am used to. Everything has been a new experience for me, from the costumes to the dance moves to trying to impress judges. I guess it’s been surprising that training for this is so intense. I know other seasons’ contestants have said that, and they were not kidding! Q. Do you get to interact with the other contestants that much? Have your made any fri ends you can see lasting beyond the show? Actually we have all formed such a tight bond, which is something I didn’t expect. Honestly this isn’t like a traditional competition where everyone is working against each other. Every time someone performs I am happy for them when they do well out on the floor. So many of the dances, especially this week, were so deeply personal that all of us wanted one another to do the best performance they could. Being in the bottom two this week, I really didn’t want to be the one that went home but I really didn’t want Lisa to go home either!   Q. How much input do you get into the outfits you wear? Well actually I would have to give all the credit to my talented partner, Lindsay. She is the creative mind behind all of our outfits. She comes up with an idea and then people in the wardrobe department make them for us. Q. Some people are counting you out, figuring you don’t have a chance to win. What do you say to those people? I have been up against the odds for most of my life, so I love a challenge. Each week I have a chance to prove myself, and take all the things I’ve learned and really focus during my practices. I have made it to Week 4 now, despite being in the bottom two, so the game isn’t over yet! I want to bring it next week and really show my fans and the judges what I’m made...

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Leadership Lessons from Fred Astaire

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Current Event, Instructors, News | 1 comment

Leadership Lessons from Fred Astaire

Leadership Lessons from Fred Astaire By: Morag Barrett As I was growing up I remember watching the Sunday afternoon movie on TV. In addition to the Westerns, I particularly remember watching the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, where they swirled seamlessly across the dance floor and managed to smile the entire time. They made it look easy. As we fast forward to 2009, I enter the local Fred Astaire Dance Studio for my first ballroom dancing lesson. After the obligatory tour of the ballroom, a quick summary of the dances that I would be learning (Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Tango) I was asked why I wanted to learn to dance. “To look elegant” was my response – in my head the true answer of ‘getting past the embarrassment of not knowing how to dance’ came to mind. As I reflect on the last two years there are many leadership lessons to share. Here are just a few of them. Trust Your Partner While Fred Astaire was an amazing dancer I have to take my hat off to Ginger Rogers, especially as I now understand just what is involved. Ginger had to do everything backwards… and in high heels. She couldn’t see what was coming; it was Fred’s job not to lead her into obstacles, to provide a solid frame for Ginger to look good. Ginger had to trust Fred completely. Leadership Lesson: Trust is the foundation for effective teamwork and results, without it you lose speed and agility. Lead AND Follow Ballroom dancing is definitely about teamwork. There can only be ONE leader and ONE follower, and in ballroom dancing it is the gentleman who leads and the lady who follows, given that the lady is dancing backwards this is a matter of common sense and safety! For me, this was one of the hardest lessons. In most aspects of my life I lead… learning to follow and give up control took time. However, what I also learned is that following is not a passive process. In the same way as the gentleman can see what is coming, and protects my back… I have his, when we are dancing on a crowded dance floor I am watching for other couples moving behind him and making sure he doesn’t back into them. We protect each other. Following also means that I am ready to step in and [back] lead if necessary, especially if I am dancing with a less experienced partner. Leadership Lesson: Clarify roles and responsibilities but don’t let them limit you in achieving results. Sequins and Sparkles Matter Success on the dance floor requires technical competence. However technical competence alone will not suffice if you don’t catch the judge’s eye. That’s where the sequins and sparkles come in, they attract attention and differentiates you from the other dancers. Leadership Lesson: Make sure you differentiate your product or service to stand out from the crowd to attract your customers. Different Dances Need Different Partners Once you have mastered the basic patterns the instructors take turns dancing with you and leading your lessons. The first few times this happened I resisted… I likened it to learning to drive a new car – everything felt different, felt wrong. I had to change my dance posture, stride etc to fit...

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Meet Mike Uhrick

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Current Event, Health, News, Success Stories | 0 comments

Meet Mike Uhrick

Watch this moving interview and see how Mike’s life was changed when he stumbled upon a simple offer and decided to come in a Fred Astaire Dance Studio for a FREE Private Dance Lesson. Now, 3 years later, he has lost over 100 lbs, is happier, and has learned a skill that will last him a lifetime and is having a blast while doing it. The following is the transcription of his interview. Please be sure to make a comment below and let us know what you think! Mike Uhrick first came to Fred Astaire Dance Studio on December, 2007 and has been dancing with us ever since. He lost over 103 lbs during his first 28-month journey with dancing. What made you decide to come in and join The Fred Astaire Dance Studio? Mainly to lose some weight, I was way overweight Meet some new people, and make some new friends Get out of the house and do something instead of sitting around the house too much What were your goals when you first started dancing? I thought I lose some weight but I never thought I lose this much weight. In the last 12 months it’s been pretty drastic and it’s been coming off pretty good and it’s continuing to come off. What has dancing done for you? I lost a lot of weight since I started dancing It’s added years to my life Feeling younger. People tell me I look younger I’m not as shy as I used to be I can talk in front of a group now It’s forced me to buy a whole new wardrobe Mike comes to the studio about 3 to 5 times a week . He also gets about 1 hour of practice a week outside of the studio. Tell us more about your Weight Loss journey. What did you do before dancing and how did it work? I tried get out and walk some I attempted some diets I tried some exercises at home, never really went to any gym or anything I tend to procrastinate and I’d be really hip about doing it for a couple of weeks and then it would stop I have been able to stick with this one… So…, What can you tell us about your Journey with Fred Astaire and Dance? And How do you feel now? Oh, I feel great. When I look at pictures of about 3 years ago I don’t even recognize myself. I don’t even look like the same person anymore. I feel like that it’s had to have added years to my life expectancy. People tell me that I look 10 years younger, which is surprising to me but that’s the kind of positive comments I’ve been getting You can set a goal and you can reach that goal Learning to dance is all about steps, obviously… making small steps But what I really got out of it is that learning is all the same. You do something, like dance or weight loss for example, one step at a time and at the end you look back and you’re like… “wow, I accomplished that goal” Mike has received about 150 private dance lessons in the last 3 years. Are you happy about What Dancing and Fred Astaire Studios...

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