1. How Dancing Can Help You With Business: Part One

    While the title of this blog might have you scratching or shaking your head, there are a number of important similarities between business and dance, and learning how to dance may actually help you be more successful at work! Read on to learn more about these interesting connections, and then give us a call at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. We have a large number of dance classes that can help you get moving, and thinking, in new ways! From the waltz to the foxtrot, the dances we teach might be just what you need to help you feel better and take the steps you want to make your work life more rewarding.

    The Ability to Be Flexible

    While we should stand strong and tall when it comes to our principles, in business and in dance, we need to know when the ability to flex and adapt is necessary. Dancing with a partner is similar to working with other people in that there comes a time to lead and a time to follow. If you are feeling trepidation about a new project, allow your partner to take the lead. Watching someone else work (or dance) might be what you need to learn a new dance or to grow the confidence you need to take on another project that might be more important to you.

    Being Aware of What is Around You

    While this can be taken literally, the more important lesson is the figurative one. Understanding your surroundings in dance and in business is as much about understanding a physical space as it is about knowing what space (role) you occupy. When you understand how you move about a space, you understand what it is about you that helps a dance or a company. By better understanding what you are supposed to be doing and how, you understand the nature of the dance itself. When you understand the dance, you see the logic and the art that built it. By applying these thoughts to the place you work, you can see what your role is, why it matters, and how to improve it in order to make yourself more valuable.

    The Importance of Practice

    If you have ever watched excellent dancers, you know just how effortless their movements appear. While you have heard this throughout your life, it takes tons and tons of practice to make it look natural and carefree. Being a “go-to” person at your company requires the same dedication to practice. Even if you are the most gifted person in your department, talent alone is worthless if you don’t apply it correctly. By showing up to work each day ready to “practice,” you will gain an understanding of the energy and motivations that keep your company running. While it may seem that there are many inefficiencies in any new place of work or any dance rudiment, over time, you will understand how what feels like a hesitation is actually a great place to catch your breath or ensure that the work is being completed using the best practices.

    We hope that you learned a few ways to connect your life as a dancer to your life at your job. Check back soon for more ways that business and dance are linked together in interesting ways. To get started with a new form of dance that may help you in other areas of your life, give us a call at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston! We would love to help you move better and think better by teaching you a new form of dance! We have dance classes for a large number of dance styles every week, so if you are ready to move, we are ready to teach you how.

  2. Which Dance Class Should I Take?

    Dance is such a popular form of exercise and artistic expression because everyone knows what it is like to move in rhythm with music, to feel the beat move you, to want to get up and move. If you have been dancing around your house by yourself for years and you want to take some formal lessons, you might have gotten stumped by the very simple question: what dance class should I take? If you have no formal training, you might not know what kind of dance you are most interested in.

    In this blog, we will cover a few of the kinds of dance lessons that we offer at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Herndon in the hopes that one of them will spark your interest. If you find one you want to try, contact us right now to sign up for a free introductory lesson! Or give us a call if you still aren’t certain; one of of dance instructors will be happy to talk to you to help you find a dance you would like to try out!

    Ballroom Dancing

    Ballroom dancing is a term that covers several different styles of dance done with a partner, including the waltz and the foxtrot, along with certain styles of Latin dance like mambo and cha-cha.

    • Waltz: The waltz is one of the most popular dance styles found in the western world. It is a very romantic dance that is typically seen at formal events and weddings. Characterized by its grace and large, sweeping movements, the waltz originally comes from 17th century Bavaria and Austria.
    • Viennese Waltz – This waltz traces its origins to 16th century France. Generally, the Viennese waltz is considerably faster than the waltz and features different footwork and patterns.
    • Foxtrot – Created in America in the early 1900s as a form of dance to accompany ragtime, the foxtrot is another popular form of ballroom dancing. One of the main differences between foxtrot and a waltz is that foxtrot features a 4/4 time signature instead of a 3/4. This makes the foxtrot look and feel different.
    • Tango – While the passion and intensity of this dance may feel very different from the formal and slightly stiffer waltzes, tango is itself a popular ballroom dance style and is one of the dances performed in international competitions. Originating in Argentina in the 1800s, the tango focuses on the harmonious movement of the couple as the music rises.
    • Mambo – A dance focused on rhythm and combining traditional Cuban dance styles with swing. This is an energetic and exciting dance that couples of all ages and experience levels will love!
    • Cha-Cha – A derivation of the Mambo, cha-cha is another exciting Cuban dance that ups the tempo and the fun!

    We hope that one or more of these styles of ballroom dancing sounds like fun! If you’re ready to sign up for a dance class today, please contact us and find out when you can come in and start moving! We’re conveniently located in Herndon and we can’t wait to teach you how to dance!

  3. Dance Lesson FAQs

    If you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and sign up for some dance classes at the Fred Astaire franchise dance studio in Reston and Herndon, you probably have a few questions. In this blog, we’re going to answer a few frequently asked questions about dance lessons.

    If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you want to take some dance lessons, let us tell you about our dance studio. First, we are a part of the Fred Astaire franchise dance studios, which means we come from a long lineage of people who really love dance. At our studio, you’ll learn from instructors who are wonderful dancers and teachers. We offer lessons in many different styles of dance, so no matter what you’re into, we probably have a class devoted to your particular preference! Our studio is a great place to meet new people who love to dance, and each week we have a dance party where the students from all of the different classes can come together and see what other people have been working on.

    What to Wear

    The best advice we have about what to wear to your dance lessons is pretty simple: dress for movement. You’ll want clothes that allow you to stretch and move around without impeding you in any way. However, just because you can move in a giant sweater and a long skirt doesn’t mean that they are ideal for a dance class. Items that are too big can make it harder for your partner to dance with you, or can trip you up.

    In short:

    • Wear clothes that move with you but ones that aren’t so long that you might trip over them.
    • If you wear tight clothes, makes sure you can breathe and stretch in them.
    • Wear shoes that aren’t too heavy or clunky, and tie your laces snugly to make sure you (or your partner) won’t trip over them!

    How Long Will It Be Before I Can Dance?

    While it might take years to fully master a dance, at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Herndon, we’ll have you dancing on your very first day. We’ve always found that the best way to get people to really fall in love with dance is to have them learning and performing the basic moves right from the beginning. Not only does this prevent you from getting bored, it helps the basics become muscle memory, which is absolutely essential for internalizing a dance and making it a part of yourself.

    Come back soon, as we are always posting new blogs about dance, as well as photos from some of the many events that we host at our dance studio. If you’re interested in learning how to dance for fun or because you have a wedding coming up, please feel free to get in touch with us. We’d love to talk to you about all of the different style options that are available to you. We teach everything from the waltz to salsa, rumba, foxtrot, samba, swing, and so many more!

  4. Why Should I Take Dance Classes?

    Dance is one of the earliest forms of human expression and has been an important part of almost every single culture on earth. If connecting to our shared history and humanity isn’t a good enough reason to come by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston and take a dance class, below you’ll find a few more reasons!

    When you’re ready to start dancing, give us a call. We have classes for some of the world’s most beloved dances, including ballroom, samba, waltz, salsa, mambo, and many others, at levels from beginner to advanced.

    Dancing Can Improve Your Health

    Dancing has, time and time again, been shown to be incredibly beneficial to your overall health. Regular cardiovascular activity can help slow down or prevent everything from heart disease to dementia, as well as many other health issues. Learning how to dance can help you rebuild any strength and dexterity that you have lost as a result of an injury or accident, and it can help you manage your weight.

    People who dance regularly also find that they suffer from depression and anxiety less than people who don’t exercise normally. Physical activities like dancing help keep your body on a normal sleep schedule which in turn keeps your body healthier and your mind happier!

    Dancing Helps You Meet New People

    While dancing by yourself is great, dancing with others and becoming part of a community is an experience that you will cherish forever. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, we have many different levels of dance classes, so you’ll be working and dancing alongside people who are at similar skill levels. Working with others at your level will help encourage you to keep going and it will stop you from feeling discouraged. The friendships you forge in dance class are friendships that tend to last because they are based on mutual interests and respect for each other’s skills and dedication to dance.

    Our dance school is set up in a way that encourages people to join together to become better dancers. We offer weekly dance parties where people from different classes and skill levels can get together and show off what they’ve learned and teach others some new moves.

    Dancing Lets You Have Fun!

    All of us lead increasingly busy lives. Between long hours at work, time spent with the family, and all of the other commitments we have, it can be difficult to carve out any time doing things that we want to do for ourselves. Dance classes are one great way to enjoy some time alone or with your partner. Even if you only take one class a week, your happiness can increase dramatically and you’ll look forward to the moment when you get to get out there on the floor and move!

    Call us at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston today to find out when you can start taking dance lessons! We offer classes for dancers of all ages with instructors who are accomplished dancers and wonderful teachers. Our goal is to help you move the way you’ve always wanted to!

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  5. Learn How To Dance!

    At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Herndon, we teach people of all ages how to dance. When you take a dance lesson with us, you’ll start out with a group of people at your skill level so you can all grow as dancers together. Each one of our classes is taught by a dance instructor who not only loves dance, but knows how to make it fun for everyone involved.

    Founded in part by the inimitable Fred Astaire, the Reston location of the Fred Astaire franchise dance studio is dedicated to honoring his memory by making dance available to everyone! In this blog, you’ll find some information about the many styles of dance that we teach. If you’re ready to dive in and start moving your feet and having some fun, please give us a call today!

    Waltz

    The waltz is an elegant, sweeping dance often seen at weddings and formal galas. This is an incredibly romantic style of dance that is found all over the world. Knowing how to waltz ensures that you’ll always be ready to dance at the most formal and upscale events.

    Tango

    The tango is one of the most energetic, romantic, and passionate forms of dance around. Dancers stay very close and move perfectly together. If you’re looking for something intense and exhilarating to try with your partner, the tango might be the perfect choice!

    Mambo

    A high-energy combination of swing and Cuban dance! It is sassy, hip-shaking fun for partners who love to move to uptempo music that is full of bombastic horns and driving drums. Make a splash at your next company party or wedding when you get out on the floor and show everyone how well you can move.

    Salsa

    This is a fun Latin dance style that brings together forms from cha-cha, mambo, and Cuban dances. Great for couples who are looking for a fun activity to do together!

    Hustle

    We teach all sorts of different styles of disco dancing, which is why we love to teach it! You’ll spot influences from styles as diverse as swing, mambo, samba, and foxtrot! While disco might not be the most popular music genre out there, the dances are timeless and the hits will live on forever. Be prepared for a fun theme party or throw one of your own to show off your new moves!

    As you can see, we really do offer a plethora of different dance classes at our studio. Whether you’re getting ready for your wedding or you’re just looking for a way to get some exercise while meeting new people, dance lessons are your path to feeling happier and healthier! Our instructors love to teach people how to dance, because they themselves are wonderful dancers who love to share their passions with others. Contact us today for a free introductory dance lesson! In addition to our dance classes, we host an open dance every week where you can meet people from the other classes, get some exposure to other styles, and make new friends!

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  6. Are Dance Schools Just For Kids?

     Here at Fred Astaire Franchise Dance Studio in Reston, we get a lot of questions about our dance studio. People want to know what kind of classes we offer, how dance is good for the body and mind, and if dance schools are just for kids. Our answers are always the same: we offer many different kinds of dance classes in many different styles, including ballroom dancing, tango, foxtrot, and many others, dance is good for the body and mind because it helps make your body more fit and flexible and has been shown to stop or prevent depression in many different kinds of people, and dance schools are for everyone!

    While you might be a little old to throw caution to the wind and pursue dance as a full-time career, you’re never too old to learn how a new dance, meet new people, and have a lot of fun doing it! If you’re interested in learning more about how dance can benefit everyone of any age, read on. If you want to give it a shot right now, please give us a call or check out the rest of our website and see what kind of dances we teach, find some pictures of our incredible dance studio, and check out the calendar to see when we’re offering our next dance class.

    Dancing is Good for the Young and the Young at Heart

    While we most often think of dancing as a child’s pursuit, even our language prizes dancing. When someone is exceptionally happy they say that they “feel like dancing.” There’s a very simple reason for this: dancing is a part of who we are as humans. Because dancing is practiced by all cultures across the planet, it seems safe to say that is an essential human quality that just can’t be wished away.

    Since dancing is an intrinsic piece of the human puzzle, we should all embrace it when the mood strikes us. Maybe you don’t want to become a world-class salsa dancer but you do want to impress our significant other or be a hit at the next work party. Taking dance classes is a great way to make yourself feel younger because you’re engaging in a process of learning and fun that all people have experienced at some point or another.

    When you take a class at our Reston dance studio, you’ll be matched with a talented instructor who has been chosen because they love to share their passion for dance with other people. You’ll also be placed in a class with others who are at the same skill level as you so no one will feel embarrassed that they aren’t a superstar right from the jump. We want dance to be fun for you because it is fun for us.

    Contact us today to find out how you can find a new passion that is sure to keep you feeling young and vibrant! We offer classes in almost every style of dance you can think of so we’re sure to have something that is perfect for you!

     

  7. How Do I Choose a Dance Studio?

    Deciding to learn a new hobby or skill can be a difficult decision to make because it so often fraught with an overabundance of choices that you have to make. Learning dance is no different. First, you’re probably wondering which dance (or dances) you want to learn because they all look exciting. Second, if you have no formal dance training, knowing what to look for in a dance studio can seem like you’re just taking shots in the dark and hoping you hit a winner.

    Here at Fred Astaire Franchise Dance Studio in Reston, we want to make it easier for you to find the right dance studio for what you want to learn. In this blog, we will go over some of the basics of what you should expect from a dance school so that you’ll find the right fit right away. If you’ve talked to others who have already recommended us, please give us a call to find out when we can get you dancing! If you still have questions, read on…

    Ask as Many Questions as You Need To

    As modern humans, we hate feeling like we don’t know everything. Nowhere is this more apparent then the moments where we refuse to ask questions about things that we’re fascinated with. When you call our dance studio, you’ll speak with someone who knows their stuff when it comes to dance. Unlike other places that make you feel bad for not knowing the answers to questions, we love to educate you about dance. In fact, once you get us started, it can be hard to get us to stop talking about dance!

    We’re here to help you, so please, ask as many questions as you want. We can tell you about our school’s philosophy, what styles we teach, what class levels we have available, and what some of the perks of learning from us are.

    Come See the Dance Studio

    We have some great pictures of our dance studio here on the website but they don’t really do the space any real justice. We’ve taken the time to make our studio feel comfortable and welcoming because we know that that is one key on the path to pure dance success and fun.

    Find Out Why the Dance Instructors Teach

    At some dance schools, instructors may be very talented but they’re only teaching because they need to make ends meet. Some have no spark for teaching while others seem to actually resent their students. At Fred Astaire in Reston, everyone who teaches does so because they love to share the art of dance with other people. They’re all incredibly gifted dancers but more importantly, they want to see you become a better dancer.

    If the Reston Fred Astaire dance studio seems like the perfect place for you, please give us a call. If you want to ask more questions or see the space, we can help you with that too! We can’t wait to help you discover your new favorite pastime!

  8. Why Dance Classes Are Good For You

    If you’ve ever watched people dance, you probably noticed that most of them seemed really happy. Turn on Dancing With the Stars and underneath the sweat and makeup you’ll always find smiles. Have you ever wondered why that is? It’s simple: dancing is good for you, and things that are good for you tend to make you happy.

    At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, we teach many different styles of dance that will get you moving, help you get healthy, and that are all but guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Read on to find out why dancing is so good for you or get in touch with us today to take a tour of our dance studio or sign up for some dance lessons!

    Dancing Can Improve Your Balance and Flexibility

    Studies have shown that dancing can have very positive effects for everyone’s balance, including elderly people and people living with Parkinson’s Disease. These benefits extend beyond balance and into other areas of movement, including your walking speed, better alignment of the hips and body while walking, and fine motor skills.

    Dancing Puts You in a Better Mood and Can Even Help You Concentrate

    Other studies have observed improved reaction times after those in the studies had practiced dancing but perhaps most stunning of all, dancing has been shown to help people suffering from anxiety, stress, and depression. While it has many of the same benefits on these mental illnesses as other forms of exercise, dancing can be especially helpful because it encourages people to be social and because it can very quickly help improve self-esteem. There is some scientific evidence that suggests that regular aerobic exercise (like dancing) can not just stop but reverse the loss of volume in the hippocampus — the area of the brain that is in charge of memory. One study even found that dance was a great way to control “emotional eating “ in women who, when they’re stressed out, turn to food.

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    Dancing is Fun

    One of the most important benefits of dance, and one that can’t be overlooked, is the fact that it is fun. Fun activities are activities that we are much more likely to repeat, and repeating healthy behaviors is the best indication of the success of any weight-loss or stress-reducing behavior. We’ve all probably failed to go to the gym as often as we think we should because it isn’t fun like dancing is. When you make your exercise fun, it is much easier to do!

    If you’re ready to improve your life, call us at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston! We have a beautiful dance studio where you can take dance lessons in tons of different dance styles including the waltz, rumba, salsa, tango, mambo, and many others! We have dance classes for every age and skill level and we offer fun social activities where you can get together with other people and show off all of your new dance skills! Get in touch today to get signed up!

  9. Impress Everyone at Your Wedding With Your New Dance Moves

    dreamstime_xxl_31458219A wedding is one of the most fun days you can spend with your friends and family. Either you’re committing to the person you love in a beautiful ceremony or you get to watch as two people join together to love and support one another for the rest of their lives. There are tons of great times to be had at weddings — you get to smile and enjoy food and drinks and chat with friends and family and you get to dance. For a lot of people, a wedding is one of the few times during the year that they get to get out on the floor and enjoy dancing.

    If you’re getting married this year, or you have a bunch of weddings to attend, get ready by taking some dance lessons with us at Fred Astaire Dance Studio here in Reston! We can teach you how to have fun with tons of different dance styles. From the waltz to the flamenco to the foxtrot to swing and so many more, we can make you one of the high points of the wedding for anyone who was there. Get in touch to find out how we can get you ready to strut your stuff! Need more reasons why dance lessons are a great idea before wedding season starts? Read on!

    Dancing is Fun

    Everyone knows that dancing is fun. Even the people who say that they don’t like to dance are definitely two-stepping around their kitchen when a good song starts playing on their phone! If you take dance lessons not only are you learning a fun new skill, you’re also making sure that you aren’t the grump who refuses to dance with their date and you’re also helping yourself feel more confident. Dancing is a skill that everyone admires but very few take the next step. Enjoy yourself while also being the envy of all the sticks-in-the-mud who would rather sit around instead of enjoying themselves and joining in the celebration.

    dreamstime_xxl_24874709Dancing is Great Exercise

    Not only will you become the person that others aspire to be, you’re also becoming a better you. In addition to the increase in confidence we mentioned before, dancing also makes you healthier. Learning to dance and keeping up with it is hard work but it is a heck of a lot more fun than running on a treadmill in a crowded gym. When you learn how to dance you’re becoming a part of a community that encourages one another to improve their skills and their health. If you’ve been looking for a way to shape up before this spring and summer’s spate of weddings, dancing is probably perfect!

    You’ve gotta be convinced by now, right? Get in contact with us to find out about our private dance lessons, dance classes, and our in-studio dance parties where anyone who is taking a class can join in to meet new people and improve their moves. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Herndon, we can help make your first dance one that you and everyone who attends your wedding can remember. We welcome couples of all orientations at our dance studio because dance, just like love, is something that everyone should have the right to experience. Contact us today for wedding dance lessons!

  10. Swing vs West Coast Swing

    Swing dancing is a classic American-style dance that was invented in the 1920s. Over the years, many variations on this style have come to life. Here at Fred Astaire Reston, we teach both traditional swing dancing as well as west coast swing. We are often asked what the difference is between these two styles, so in this blog, we will be looking at them a little more in depth.

    Swing

    The original form of swing dancing dates back to the 1920s. It rose to popularity alongside the swing style of jazz. Standard swing revolves around a variety of circular patterns.Modern swing dancers have adapted the style to go well with a wide variety of music, and over the last 90 plus years, swing has continually evolved to include a blend of many different styles.

    West Coast Swing

    One of the biggest differences between standard swing and west coast swing is that the latter is based around rectangular patterns, while the former is based around circular patterns. West coast swing is also a slower, more formal style relative to standard swing. It is still a fast-paced and fun dance to learn when compared to purely formal ballroom styles.

    No matter what style of swing dancing you are interested in learning, we can help. Our talented staff has years of experience both dancing professionally and teaching. When you are looking for the best dance lessons in Reston, give us a call. Your first lesson is free, so contact us today to sign up!