1. Learn to Dance Before the Holiday Season

    We know it’s still early but if you want to be prepared for the holiday season, now is the time to start getting ready. We aren’t talking about food — we’re talking about learning how to dance! Like most people, you’re probably going to get invited to a lot of parties over the holiday season, and if you want to make a good impression on people, dance is a great way to do it!

    Impress your significant other when you take their hand and lead them onto the dance floor at your office holiday party, or show off your new moves to your friends and family members on New Year’s Eve. Dancing is a wonderful way to have a lot of fun and it will keep you moving and active during the colder months. Instead of sitting around and watching TV as the fall and winter progresses, head on over to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston to learn a new skill. If nothing else, dance will help you work off an extra helping or two during holiday meals!

    Contact us today to learn about some of the dance classes that we offer or to sign up for your first class! Our instructors are highly trained dancers who love helping people unlock their passion for dance.

  2. Dance to Unlock Your Creativity

    Dancing isn’t just an incredible way to have fun, stay fit, and meet new people, it can also help you regain or improve your creativity in a number of other disciplines. People from all walks of life have turned to dance to reignite a spark they felt they had lost or to engage in a new facet of their creativity. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, we are proud to offer a wide variety of dance classes in many different styles. Our instructors will have you moving and learning at your very first lesson! Contact us today to learn more about our dance studio or to sign up for a class.

    Exercise Helps You Focus, Focus Aids Creativity

    While many people believe that creativity strikes at random, that just isn’t the case. Creativity requires a mind that is free of distraction, a mind that is ready to get down to the work of doing. Dance is an excellent method for clearing your mind because it helps to reduce stress, which allows your brain to forget about other problems and hone in on what is important. The endorphins released during exercise can help even an overwhelmed mind better approach problems and prioritize tasks. While low-impact exercises, like walking, can help, getting your heart rate up will help even more.

    One of the most important ways that dance can aid creativity is by showing you a new way to learn. Concentrating on learning something new can help you approach other problems from a different angle. Even if you are an athletic person, dance is very different from playing solo or team sports because of the balance of physicality and repetition that is required. Combining two different parts of your mind and your body can help create new associations and paradigms that may help you make connections that might have otherwise been missed without dance.

    Dance Teaches You How to Practice

    We mentioned repetition above, and we feel that it is important to speak about how vital it is to improving your skills in everything from dance to other creative pursuits. Practice is truly the most important factor when it comes to success in any field. Whether you want to become the next great dancer, painter, novelist, cartoonist, or businessperson, practice, and the ability to learn how to improve yourself through repetition, is what will help you advance and sharpen your skills. The popular conception of the brilliant, natural artist is a myth. Some people may have a little more inborn talent, but without practice, their talent will quickly be surpassed by someone who put the time into improving their skills. Don’t mistake the idea of practice as humorless and grim, though. Practice, when engaged in thoughtfully and often, will become an important part of your life that you look forward to doing and that you will feel bad about if you skip. Talk to anyone who has reached a high level in their field and they will tell you that it took work, not luck, not some natural talent, for them to get to where they are.

    If you want to learn how to dance to give your creativity a jump start or to have fun, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston is a great place to do it! Our dance instructors are passionate, talented, and devoted to teaching movement to people of all ages and skill levels. Contact us today for more information about our dance school or sign up for your first lesson! We offer several different styles of ballroom dance lessons, foxtrot, tango, swing, hustle, and many more.

  3. How Dancing Can Help You With Business: Part Two

    In the first part of this blog series, we discussed a few of the ways that learning to dance can help improve your work life. Practice, flexibility, and awareness of your surroundings are all important factors in dance and in business, and perfecting them in one field can help you apply them in the other. Today, we will continue to look at the ways that dance can inform and influence your business in positive ways.

    If you have been thinking about taking dance lessons or this blog series has inspired you to give dance classes a shot, give us a call at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. We have classes in many different kinds of dance, and for dancers of all ages and experience levels. Our instructors are wonderful dancers who want to help you move more confidently both on the dance floor and in other areas of your life, so contact us today to learn more about our studio and to sign up for a free introductory lesson!

    The Importance of Technique

    Technique can seem like an amorphous concept, but in this blog we will define it as the way that someone performs a task. In business, technique is an important part of the value that you offer the company you work for. Technique is what makes the difference between being a reliable team member and being someone that may not be able to be counted on in any given situation. If you work at developing a technique that is exact and efficient, your coworkers and superiors will go to you in order to get things done.

    One of the most important parts of dance is working on mastering your technique. While nailing a dip is different than slam-dunking a presentation, both require an attention to detail and a willingness to practice again and again in order to achieve perfection. The skills associated with practice in dance will help you develop better working techniques because, as you see improvements in your dance techniques, your brain will realize that practice really can improve skills that were atrophied or didn’t exist in the first place. Working at developing a skill can lead you to fall back in love with something that you had grown tired of and it may even give you a new appreciation for a part of your job that you thought you didn’t care for.

    Refining your techniques may also help you discover new, more efficient ways to complete tasks that can help save your company money. Innovation is driven by people who are masters in their field who understand their business so well that they are able to look at their work from a different position and ask ‘how could this be better?’

    If you are ready to take your business skills to the next level, a dance class at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston might be the best way to do it! Contact us for information about our foxtrot, waltz, tango, swing, or salsa classes now. Dance can help you be better at your job and it will make you feel better physically and mentally.

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  5. How Dance Can Be Therapeutic

    If you have ever danced, whether it was it your kitchen alone or with a lot of other people at a wedding or concert, you know just how invigorating it is. Connecting with music in a physical way has been an important part of the human experience for thousands of years, and as long as we keep making music, dancing will be right there with it. Recently, dance has been used to help people deal with a wide range of issues. People with depression and anxiety, as well as people with severe special needs, have found dancing to be an incredible way to improve their lives.

    With this is mind, we wanted to write this blog as a way to explain some of the ways that dancing can be therapeutic. Even if you aren’t dealing with anything negative, dance can still improve your life in ways you might not have thought possible. Read on to learn about a few of the ways that dancing can improve your life, and then give us a call at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. We would love to help you find a form of dance that makes you happier and healthier. Our dance school is full of highly trained instructors and passionate dancers who want to make the artform come alive for all of their students.

    Improve Fitness

    Too many of us spend too much time sitting down, either at our jobs or when we are at home. While sitting around is not in and of itself a cause of depression or social anxiety, if we spend too much time lazing around, we aren’t spending enough time doing physical activities. A lack of exercise has been tied to so many health problems that we don’t have enough time to mention them all here. Taking the time to go out and dance is a great way to do something fun that will also make you feel better physically. A regular exercise regimen will help you sleep better and eat better, which can greatly improve your mental health.

    Boost Self-Esteem

    Sometimes we fall into ruts where we feel bad about ourselves. Maybe we feel like we aren’t attractive or fit enough, that we aren’t interesting enough, or that we don’t feel like we have anything to offer anyone else. Maybe we have suffered some sort of setback (an accident, a loss in the family) that has prevented us from doing the things we used to love. No matter why you’re not feeling good about yourself, dance can help. Spending time with other people while learning a new skill is one of the best ways to feel like yourself again. Even if you are limited physically, there are many different forms of dance that you can learn.

    Emotional and Creative Expression

    If you have ever watched a dance competition or seen professional dancers perform on stage, you have probably noticed how happy, even ecstatic, that most of them appear to be. While the satisfaction of exercise is great, it doesn’t really explain that level of happiness. So, what is it, exactly? It’s creative and emotional expression. Even in the most rigidly structured forms of dance, you are still the one bringing it to life. You are the person who is grabbing something from the ether and wrestling it into the real world for yourself and others to see. If you have always wanted to be a painter or a writer but could never create a brush stroke or a sentence you liked, then you might just be a dancer. Creative and emotional satisfaction are sensations that everyone could use more of.

    Relieve Stress

    This reason is pretty obvious, but it shouldn’t be overlooked or understated. In America, we are too stressed out. In fact, stress seems to be a badge of honor or the standard operating procedure for most people. Whatever the reason for that is, you can’t let stress pile up for too long. Not only will it affect your mental well being, it can have physical effects, too. Dancing, thanks to the exercise and emotional fulfillment you get from it, is an outstanding way to relieve stress without feeling guilty that you wasted part of your day or evening.

    If you’re ready to experience some or all of these benefits, give us a call and sign up for a dance lesson today. We would love to teach you to dance!

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  6. 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.

  7. 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!