1. How to Relieve Stress: A 6-Step Plan to Feeling Good

    We live in stressful times. Traffic, workloads, the endless bombardment digitally of news, advertising and social media can lead to feeling as if we are already behind in our “keep up” world before our day even begins. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Reston, we invite you to dance! You’re going to make new friends, get some great exercise and have fun. Check out this article Johns Hopkins Medical Group with a plan to help you manage your stress!

    Experiencing stress is inevitable, but managed well, stress can promote emotional and intellectual growth and resilience as we age,” says Johns Hopkin stress management expert Frances Callahan, LCSW-C.

    She has mapped an easy-to-follow plan for how to manage stress—at any age.

    Identify your triggers.

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    Once you know where your stress is coming from—a relationship, kids, workload, a health problem—you can sometimes reduce or prevent the stress. After giving the matter some focused thought, you may identify practical steps to improve the situation. Even if changing the trigger isn’t possible, a shift in perspective may help mitigate stress. For example, if a friend is pushing your buttons, stepping back and adjusting your expectations may allow you to keep this close bond.

    Stay connected.

    Maintaining, improving, and increasing healthy relationships with supportive friends and family powerfully promotes resilience. Many find that connections with a faith family, neighbors, and even pets, help them feel positive and energetic, even if children and grandchildren aren’t close at hand.

    Stay active.

    Physical activity releases feel-good endorphins. Taking short walking breaks several times a day is a powerful tool for channeling stress. Exercising or joining yoga, dance, or tai chi classes with friends also helps achieve step 2—staying connected.

    Find your “pause” button.

    “After experiencing times of great change, high demand, or significant loss, it’s essential to press pause and rest. Often creating time and space for rest means saying “no” to invitations and requests for help, at least temporarily,” says Callahan. Consider spending quiet time daily: contemplation, reflection, and breathing fosters resilience and calm.

    Plan your fun.

    To prevent the daily rush from consuming your life, plan your fun for the day, week, month, or year. Callahan recommends, “instead of channel surfing, make a date to watch a special program, alone or with a loved one. Plan a monthly game night with friends and ask them to bring goodies to share. Identify fun activities that suit you, and schedule them.”

    Reframe your thinking about stress itself.

    Stress responses, including faster heart rate and breathing, evolved to improve our performance in stressful situations. Reminding yourself of stress’s evolutionary value may improve your performance and paradoxically reduce feelings of stress, in that you’re not adding “stress about stress” to the stress the original trigger aroused.

    View the fuller article here.

  2. ALL ABOARD! Join us for the 4th Annual ‘Sunset Boat Dance Cruise’

    Sunday June 30th

    Tickets: Cost is per person. $120 in the studio, $130 online – PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

    Meet Dockside in Downtown Alexandria for a few dockside cocktails wearing your finest 1920’s attire.

    Stand on the balcony of the authentic New Orleans 3 level ‘Cherry Blossum’ Paddle Steamer as we set sail for a Sunset Cruise along the banks of the Potomac to Fort Meyers and back.

    Indulge in an open bar with all your favorite wines and beers.  Join us on the lower deck for a delicious buffet dinner serving all your Southern favorites.

    Be prepared to ‘back the winner’!!  All the teachers will be performing a ‘Nothing to do with Ballroom at all whatsoever Teacher Dance Off” Purchase your ticket and back the winning instructor to give the most entertaining performance and then you will get a chance to win the BIG PRIZE……

    Prizes include but are not limited to:

    One Latin or Smooth dress from the abracadabra collection

    One pair of Very Fine Dance shoes

    One Coaching with a Guest Coach

    3 free dance lessons

    Fred Astaire Goodie Bag

    Check out last year’s cruise!

  3. Fall Fling 2019

    Please join us Friday & Saturday, October 18th & 19th for our Spooktacular Fall Fling Team Match Halloween Gala Dinner and Show!

    The Fall Fling | 6 p.m. – til’ late 

    You will be welcomed into the spooky and sinister world of gruesome dancing goblins & gnomes.  Dancing under a 1000 eyeballs. Watch in wonder as the professional ballroom dancers entertain you with spectacular routines of Waltz, Rumba, Tango then spice things up with some Latin flare in Salsa & Bachata.


    • Black Tie or Halloween Costume
    • Cocktail Hour
    • 3 Course Sit down dinner with wine service
    • Professional Ballroom Dancing Show filled with some amazing pro-dancers.
    • Awards
    • General Dancing
    • Gifts & Prizes

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  4. Spring is Natures Way of Saying ‘Let’s Dance!’

    Spring is such a colorful time of the year and we love it after the dreary winter.

    So for our Friday, April 12, Practice Party we are asking everyone to wear blue.

    When we hold out Practice Party on Friday, April 26, we request that you wear red.

    Reason? None. Just for fun. Let’s rock those colors as we dance!

    Sandwiched between those two events is Swing Night Out On The Town at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel. The date has been changed to Friday, April 19, and guests are welcome. Bring someone along – a friend, a co-worker, a family member – and share the ballroom dance experience that you enjoy at our Reston dance studio.

    Also of note: Four of our students will be going to the CCDC Houston Competition!! Congratulations and well done to:

    • Pamela Ryan
    • Halyna O’Sullivan
    • Elaine Warren
    • Kerri Cussrow

    This event will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston and is the first Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ national dance competition of 2019! CCDC 2019’s theme is “County Fair,” and it will feature four days and nights of spectacular dancing and an exciting Pro Competition on the final night.

    Lastly, a Save the Date – Tuesday, May 14. We will have guest coach Anna Trebunskaya, from Dancing With The Stars, on hand. Book your coaching session soon, as she is always in high demand!

  5. Spring Fling 2019

    Please join us Saturday, April 6, 2019 for a spectacular black tie Gala Dinner and Show

    The Spring Fling | 6 p.m. – til’ late | The Westin Grand Ballroom 

    You will be welcomed into a transformation of The Secret Butterfly Garden as you the delight in the hundreds of butterflies that float above the dance floor and the dazzling light show.  Watch in wonder as the professional ballroom dancers entertain you with spectacular routines of Waltz, Rumba, Tango then spice things up with some Latin flare in Salsa & Bachata.


    • Black Tie
    • Cocktail Hour
    • 3 Course Sit down dinner with wine service
    • Professional Ballroom Dancing Show filled with some amazing pro-dancers.
    • Awards
    • General Dancing
    • Gifts & Prizes

    Location & Ticket Info:

  6. Dance Your Heart Out At Our Valentine’s Open House Guest Party

    We enjoy a party where love is in the air and food is on the table.

    So we’re having one.

    Please join us on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Reston, Virginia, for our Valentine’s Open House Guest Party. The party runs from 7-9 p.m.

    Of course there will be dancing. You never need to ask about that. And roses for every lady. There’s going to be an open bar, a full buffet, a chocolate fountain, a special group dance class, and a price you cannot beat – free. Yes, all free. The only thing we ask is for dressy casual attire.

    Reminder – this party is open to one and all! We’d like everyone to get to know the Reston studio family and to take part in our many group ballroom dance classes and private ballroom dance instruction. The Valentine’s Open House Guest Party provides the perfect opportunity for those who don’t dance to discover a whole new world of fun and to meet new people.

    Bring a date or just bring yourself. Or bring a friend or coworker or family member who might enjoy the evening and learning to dance.

    One other note for your calendar: We have the fabulous Tony Dovolani in the Reston studio as a guest coach on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Tony has appeared on Dancing With The Stars and also coached actress Jennifer Lopez. He is also a Fred Astaire Dance Studios board member. Talk to your instructor about working with Tony.

    We look forward to seeing you at these two special events and at all of our other practice parties throughout the month!

  7. Heat Up Your Winter With Our Salsa Latin Party!

    Fred Astaire Dance Studio (FADS) of Reston, Virginia wants you to save this date and make good use of it: Friday, Jan. 25.

    That’s when we’re having our Salsa Latin Party. We’re going to do a lot of dancing and a little bit (well, more than a little bit) of partying as well.

    The night will focus on all of your favorite Latin dances – Salsa, Rumba, Bachata, Meringue among them.  We will be serving traditional food to accompany the mood – salsa and chips, plus a taco buffet and sangria. High-energy dances and tasty dining – it’s all good!

    There’s no dress code, but always dress to impress. The party starts at 8:15 p.m.  The group class at 7:15 p.m., just before the Salsa Latin Party, will be Bolero with some Latin flare to get those hips moving.

    All private coaching sessions with Martin Lamb on Thursday, Jan. 31, have been snapped up – Martin is always in high demand – but there is still plenty of room in his Group Class at 7:30 p.m. where he will be focusing on Latin motion and teaching an easy Rumba combination. The cost is $35 to work with this superb dance instructor and offers you tremendous value.

    FADS of Reston, Virginia offers the best in private ballroom dance instruction and group ballroom dance lessons. Our expert teachers and coaches are waiting to work with you! We provide high-quality ballroom dance instruction for Reston, Ashburn, Sterling, Centerville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Vienna and the Tysons Corner area.

    Come on in for a visit and start dancing with us!