Month: November 2017

Why We’re Thankful for our Dance Instructors

As Thanksgiving approaches, 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…

As Thanksgiving approaches, 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 Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, we owe so much to our dedicated dance instructors and are so grateful for their presence for so many reasons. We’re thinking of them as Thanksgiving approaches. Why?

Some students come to FADS hoping to learn a few dance steps reasonably well so that they can be more comfortable in social situations. What they find is that their passion and desire are kindled by instructors who see in them a chance for more. Through careful guidance and the sharing of their knowledge and experience, instructors ignite a small flame and then feed it. Many who come to FADS as casual dancers move up through the Fred Astaire Trophy System and become competitive dancers or even dance instructors. Inspiring others to excel is a mark of our fine teachers and we are grateful that they share that.
Encouragement and support. Training our muscles and our minds, learning dance steps and perfecting them – these activities are fun and engaging, but that doesn’t make them easy. Sometimes we struggle as we work toward becoming the best we can be on the dance floor, and who is there to offer kind words, a friendly pat on the back and a bright smile, but our instructors? They know what we want from our dance lessons and they know we may not get it as quickly as we would like. So they stay positive when we falter, they encourage and support dancers at every level and they keep us going on those rare occasions when we just feel like we’d rather be anywhere else. Sure enough, our enthusiasm returns and we’re back at it quickly, thanks to the positive outlook shared with us by our teachers.
Serving as mentors, friends, confidants. Often the relationship with one’s dance instructor gets just a bit deeper. Students find a friend, a mentor, someone who helps them remain strong and directed even in areas only peripherally related to dance. This is a great tribute not only to the instructors but the intensive training they receive from Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. We look at our instructors as complete people and our students as complete people and we want the relationships to be trusting and warm.
As you think about Thanksgiving and all there is in your life to be grateful for, keep your Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio instructors in mind. They teach, they coach, they encourage, they befriend, they support. That’s a lot to be thankful for. And know that they are thankful to have you, the hard-working, dedicated students, in their lives.

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Dance Lessons Can Replace These Unsexy Holiday Gifts

Gentlemen, we know you have good intentions, and that’s what really matters most. But don’t you want to see that special spark in her eyes when she opens your gift?…

Gentlemen, we know you have good intentions, and that’s what really matters most.

But don’t you want to see that special spark in her eyes when she opens your gift? That warm sense of self-satisfaction of you feel when you’ve absolutely nailed it?

When she jumps out of her seat, excitedly showing others your fabulous gift, and every guy in the room groans because they weren’t smart like you and instead bought any number of the below-mentioned items.

All while you bask in your brilliance as she gives you a big kiss and smiles flirtatiously.

Yet, you can easily fall into a trap of convenience. A trap where she opens the wrapping and stares at it for a half second before saying, “oh… it’s cute”.

Don’t be the ‘oh it’s cute’ guy.

Be the smart guy who gets kisses, flirtatious smiles, and a whole lot more for the foreseeable future.

Warning: There will be shameless plugs for ballroom dancing lessons throughout this article

The Number 1 Gift Category to Avoid:

Ugly – Undergarment – Bathroom Supplies

AVOID – Think of that fluffy pink bathrobe in the department store with the gift wrapping display and matching slippers. The store thinks it’s an excellent gift, but is it? Is it really? We place this in the decidedly Unsexy category. The ugly sweaters rack? Those’ll be on clearance in a week, same with the fluffy pink socks, and don’t even think about getting her a toothbrush or underwear. There are so many ways to go wrong there, and we absolutely do not recommend it.

INSTEAD – Dance Lessons. Because she gets the chance to wear clothes that aren’t ugly, in socks that she likes, having brushed her teeth with the toothbrush she already had. Not to mention the opportunity to act on those flirtatious smiles you got when she unwrapped her gift.

The Number 2 Gift Category to Avoid:

Smelly Stuff

AVOID – Lotions. Bath Gels. Soaps. Body Sprays. Perfume. Bath Salts. Candles.

Every nose likes different scents, and she might flat out hate the stuff that comes in that quick and easy pre-packaged gift basket from the mall kiosk. Heck, what if she wears it just to remind you of how bad a gift idea it was? Ew, unsexy.

INSTEAD – Learn to dance with her. We guarantee you’ll both be a little stinky when you start a regular dancing habit, but at least you’ll be holding on to each other, probably laughing hysterically as you figure out how not to step on the other person’s feet. Definitely landing us in the sexy category.

The Number 3 Gift Category to Avoid:

Holiday Themed Merchandise

AVOID – We’ve all seen the piles of snowman and decorated-tree embroidered hand towels. Or mugs with swirly red and green letters: “Happy Holidays!” She’ll feel tacky drinking from it ten months out of the year and eventually it will be pushed to the back of the cabinet and forgotten, or re-gifted.

Probably to you.

Same thing with Christmas tree ornaments and Christmas jewelry. You probably wouldn’t want a holiday-themed tie, would you? Not what you’d call a sexy gift choice. Neither are nick-knacks emblazoned with holly and brightly wrapped packages. Unsexy, to be sure.

INSTEAD – Just go dance. Instead of something that is only semi-decent to be used for a month out of the year, max, get her something she can love all year long. Something you can share, not only during the holiday season, but for the rest of your lives.

The Number 4 Gift Category to Avoid:

Well-Intentioned Supportive Gifts

AVOID – Never (and we mean ever) get her a gym membership, a subscription to a weight loss or dieting system, or a scale so she can “see her progress”. These gifts are very thoughtful, very kindly given, with honest and positive intentions, but they lead down a very dangerous path of potential perceived failure and disappointment.

INSTEAD – Learn to dance together. Exercising most often becomes a consistent habit that can bring results when it is fun and exciting. What better way for anyone to become healthier than to spend a few hours a week moving to good music? Plus, you get to do it as a couple, which is a much more supportive scenario overall. Totally sexy.

The Number 5 Gift Category to avoid

No Thought Gifts

AVOID – Don’t get her something that basically screams, “I picked the first things my hands touched!”. Taking the easy way out can come in many forms, and everyone has items that could be listed under this category which have personal significance to them. But for the most part, steer clear of things like calendars, hot pads, storage tins, door mats, car air-fresheners, or pre-packaged gift baskets. These are very unsexy gifts and will never make her glow with excitement and rush across the room into your waiting arms.

INSTEAD – Dance with her. There’s no escaping the message behind this gift. It says it all: “I thought of what you would want”, “I want to spend time with you”, “I value our relationship”, “I want to hold you in my arms”. Talk about getting her everything she wants all in one! You know you want to tell her all of these things, but just saying it can be awkward and other gits don’t communicate it like taking her out dancing.

Final Thought

Gentlemen, be brilliant with your gift choice this year, and get the two of you dancing lessons to share. It’ll be a way to have fun, enjoy each other’s company, laugh in one another’s arms, and make her fall in love with you all over again.

Be smart. Avoid unsexy gifts. Get dance lessons.

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