1. 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!


  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.


    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!

  6. Popular Ballroom Dances

    In our last two blogs, we looked at a variety of different latin dances that we love to teach to our students. In addition to latin dance lessons, we also offer ballroom dance lessons in Reston. Here, we will look at three of the most popular ballroom dances.


    The waltz a German dance, and it is very likely the oldest ballroom dance that is still performed. References to the waltz can be traced back to at least the 16th century. The waltz is well-known for being set to a ¾ time signature. The waltz is prominently featured in the media anytime ballroom dancing comes up.


    The foxtrot is an American dance that was invented in 1914 by noted Vaudeville actor Harry Fox. It has a similar look to the waltz, but it is performed to a 4/4 rhythm. Today, there are three distinct styles of the foxtrot that remain popular: the American Social Foxtrot, the American Continuity Foxtrot, and the International Foxtrot.


    The quickstep rose to popularity in the United States in the 1920’s. It is a fusion of the foxtrot, the Charleston, and several other dances of the era. The quickstep is performed to a 4/4 rhythm. It is a fast and powerful dance, especially when compared to other ballroom dances.

    If you are interested in learning ballroom dancing, we can help. We offer a wide variety of different dance lessons in Reston. Contact us today to learn more about our programs or to sign up for your free introductory lesson.

  7. Why You Should Enroll Your Child In Youth Dance Classes

    Dance classes have become increasingly popular among young children. Signing your child up for dance classes at an early age can help enhance their overall development and set them up for a lifelong love of creative expression. If you’re looking for a way to channel your child’s seemingly boundless energy, youth dance classes could be the perfect fit.

    Physical Development

    Dance classes have proven to be extremely beneficial when it comes to the physical development of children. Signing your child up for dance classes is a great way to practice body awareness, balance, coordination and muscle strength. The movements involved in various styles of dance will encourage children tyouth dance classeso utilize their entire body while reaching a new level of physical fitness.

    Social Awareness

    In group dance classes, children learn the art of dance in a comfortable and relaxed social setting. Your child will learn to take turns and work with others as a team while they learn how to effectively express ideas through movement. The dynamic of group dance classes will challenge your young one to respect themselves and others, building lifelong confidence

    Stress Reliever

    At Fred Astaire Franchise Dance Studio, our students tell us all the time how stress relieving their weekly dance classes are. We can see it in their faces as they walk out of a group dance class, wiping sweat from their brows, with an ear-to-ear smile. Signing your child up for youth dance classes will help them learn to express their emotions through beautiful movement.

    Cognitive Development

    As most parents know, children learn from a very young age that movement can be used to communicate a response to an idea or problem. This creates a cognitive link to a solution or outcome, helping your child develop an awareness of themselves and the outside world.

    Emotional Maturity

    Through the art of dance, children learn how to creatively express their emotions through body movement. Dance classes can provide a structured outlet for a healthy physical and emotional release of energy, that will help your child develop their emotional maturity.

    If you’re looking for an experienced dance studio to send your child to in Herndon, VA, Fred Astaire Franchise Dance Studio offers youth dance programs for kids from the ages of five to fifteen. Our classes are designed to teach your child coordination, posture, social ease and rhythm while exploring the worlds of ballroom and latin dance.  Contact us today for a free introductory lesson!


  8. Popular Latin Dances, Part Two

    In our last blog, we looked at three different latin dances: the tango, the rumba, and salsa. At Fred Astaire Reston, we love teaching Latin dance styles. They are extremely fun for everyone involved. We offer dance lessons in Reston that focus on the Latin dances you’d like to learn. Here, we will look at three more popular latin dances.


    The Samba is a Brazilian style that originated in the early 20th century. By the 1930s, it was formally adopted by Brazilian society as a ballroom dance. Like many aspects of Brazilian culture, the samba draws influences from both African and Latin sources. One of the most defining aspects of samba is its 2/4 meter.


    Merengue is a Latin dance style that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is one of the easiest dances to learn. Compared to many Latin dance styles, it is far more relaxed, which allows for complex moves to be performed with greater ease than you’d expect.


    Another popular Dominican style is called bachata dance. Bachata is a much more recent development compared to the other dances we have looked at. The roots of bachata can be traced back to the early 1960s.

    Over the last two blogs, we looked at six different styles of Latin dance, but there are many more that exist. Interested in learning how to do these dances yourself? Use our online form to sign up for your free introductory lesson. With a little bit of time and dedication, we will have you dancing like you never knew you could!

  9. Popular Latin Dances

    At Fred Astaire Reston, we love giving Latin dance lessons in Reston. Latin dances are physical, sensual, and most importantly, fun! Over the course of our next two blog entries, we will be taking a brief look at some of our favorite Latin dances. You have probably heard of most of these dances before, but hopefully you will still learn something new.


    The tango is a dance that originated in Argentina sometime in the mid-nineteenth century. It is an extremely passionate and sensuous dance, often involving a close embrace and intertwined legs, making it an excellent choice for those wanting to strengthen the bond between them and their partner.


    With roots stretching back to the 16th century, the rumba is one of Cuba’s most important, influential, and recognizable cultural contributions to the world. The basic steps of rumba are easy to learn, and there is plenty of room for self-expression.


    Not all Latin dance styles originated within the borders of Latin America, and salsa is a great example of this. Puerto Ricans and Cubans living in New York City innovated this unique style in the mid-1970s. Salsa has a very distinctive feel, due to the “six over eight” style patterns that are extensively employed.

    Ready to stop reading about these dances and start trying them out for yourself? Contact us today to sign up for your free introductory lesson! We’d love to teach you how to dance. Stay tuned for our next blog, where we will look at three more popular Latin dances.