Month: October 2017

How Dance Relieves Stress and Loneliness During the Holidays

Many of our students think of their Fred Astaire Dance Studio as a home away from home and a family. Here are people with common interests and a love of…

Many of our students think of their Fred Astaire Dance Studio as a home away from home and a family. Here are people with common interests and a love of dance who have found a wonderful outlet for their creativity and a sense of accomplishment as they grow more comfortable on the dance floor.

This is true throughout the year, but more so during the holidays. Fun as they can be, holidays may also be stressful for any number of reasons. And we want you to remember that dance is an excellent stress-buster and exercise, and you can rely on your Fred Astaire family to try to pick you up if you are down.

According to healthline.com, “the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.” So if you are suddenly experiencing this, you’re not alone.

Causes of distress or emotional upset at the holidays are many, healthline.com says, citing social isolation (we can help with that!), grieving lost loved ones, general holiday pressures (shopping comes to mind).

Remember that dance is a great outlet that allows you to focus strictly on the moment, on your own body and its rhythms. Remember that your Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a place to find support from instructors and friends while working your way beyond stress through dance.

We don’t promise any magic cures for depression. But we do offer diversion, camaraderie and the opportunity for you to do some good for yourself – physically, emotionally, socially.

Consider the holidays a great time – not that there’s ever a bad one – to take ballroom dance lessons at your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio. Or give the gift of lessons. There’s a lot of happiness to be found – just look in the right places. Find your local studio.

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Tips for Choosing a Ballroom Dance Studio

For many, dancing is a way to enjoy life. It helps get rid of the stresses of everyday life for a few hours and provides entertainment. Dancing is also a…

For many, dancing is a way to enjoy life. It helps get rid of 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 attending dance lessons for fun or you’re considering competing, there are some key elements to consider before becoming a student at a dance studio.

Value: The price of dance lessons is a very important factor when choosing a dance studio. Make sure to ask exactly what you are paying for. Does the studio offer group lessons, private lessons, practice lessons, or wedding dance lessons? Most studios have a fixed number of classes that are included in your purchase, so be sure to find out how many classes you can take.

Dance Types Offered: Depending on the preference of the dance studio owner and its staff, most studios specialize in certain styles. If you are interested in learning a variety of dance styles, make sure the studio teaches more than one or two styles.

Dance Levels: Find out whether the studio offers different dance levels–beginner to expert. No one wants to feel discriminated against or uncomfortable while dancing. Also, make sure the dance studio caters to all types of people, regardless of age, size, etc.

Experienced/Qualified Instructors: Of course, it is important to have an experienced dance teacher who knows what he or she is doing. It is good to ask if the dance studio’s staff and/or dance director is certified. Ask how long they’ve taught dancing and how students respond to the way they teach. While some professional dancers are masters, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are good teachers. It is important to find out whether the dance instructors are patient with their students and are able to explain and encourage growth in their classes.

Client Reviews/ Testimonials: When you visit the dance studio it is important to observe the studio’s setting, attitude and customer satisfaction. Does the studio have a welcoming and helpful atmosphere? Do they have longtime students who keep returning for the love of dance and the way that particular studio teaches? Most importantly, are the students having fun?

Fred Astaire proudly offers all partnership dances, from waltz, tango, cha-cha, and salsa, to swing and club dancing. Many of our teachers have Fine Arts degrees and all have passed exams given by the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance and/or the Fred Astaire Curriculum certification. For nearly 70 years, our dance studio has been encouraging the art of dance and welcoming our returning students for generations. To find your local studio, visit fredastairetexas.com.

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