1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Make It a Valentine’s to Remember

    Valentine’s Open House Guest Party – February 8, 2019

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style!  Here’s the opportunity you’ve been waiting for; come with a date or come solo and enjoy social dancing, a full buffet, and a chocolate fountain, plus, all the ladies will leave with roses. Get a feel for our studio and our wonderful dance instructors. If you’re a current student, now is your chance to share the fun and experiences at your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of  Reston with your significant other and your friends. It’s going to be fun, low pressure and an absolute delight.

    Singles and couples, everybody is welcome to celebrate!

  4. Take Dance Lessons to Reduce Stress

    The modern world is stressful. Between work and our personal lives, something is always coming up that increases the level of stress with which we have to deal. From momentary stressors to chronic sources of anguish, many people find themselves teetering on the edge. If you are sick of feeling this way but you do not want to resort to pharmaceutical treatment options, there is an answer that is both fun and effective: dance.

    While you may shake your head at the idea that a few dance classes could change how much stress you are under, read on to learn about a few of the ways in which dancing could help you reduce stress and improve the way that you handle the negative effects of tension in your life.

    If dance lessons sound like a great way to blow off some steam while learning a fun new skill, contact us at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. Our dance instructors are highly skilled dancers themselves and even better teachers. Under their guidance, you will learn how to dance in an exciting and low-stress environment with other people who are looking for healthy ways to have fun and overcome the hardships and hassles of the world.

    Exercise is a Stress-Buster

    Have you ever noticed that a lot of people who spend a good deal of their time running or working out at the gym tend to be fairly happy and relaxed? While exercise is not the only factor you need to take into account in order to fully tame the worries in your life, it can be a great way for you to begin the process. Studies have shown that regular exercise can help reduce fatigue, improve your ability to concentrate, and enhance your cognition. Being more alert, able to concentrate, and having a clear head are important ways to help overcome anxiety and stress.

    If traditional sports aren’t your thing, and going to the gym sounds like something you just won’t be able to commit to, you should give dancing a try. You receive the same benefits as other kinds of exercise but you are in a collaborative, and low-stress environment.

    Learning a New Skill Can Improve Your Self-Esteem

    Anxiety can be vicious. While it affects the way that you see and deal with the outside world, it also has an impact on the way that you see yourself and how you feel about who you are. When you have negative feelings about yourself, it can be difficult trying to handle additional tension that the rest of the world may exert over you. Dancing can be a fun and effective way to improve your self-esteem and your overall mental health. When you feel better, you can think better, and being able to plan for, and effectively deal with, stress can make your life better.

    Are you ready to fight stress while learning how to waltz, foxtrot, tango, or swing dance? Then call Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston for your free introductory lesson today!

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  5. Why Dance Is So Captivating

    There are a few things that all humans seem destined to do. We are destined to speak and we are destined to dance. Ask any parent, or think back to when your kids were young, and there will be many stories of babies and toddlers who would break into dance and not let up. This love of movement set to music is so pervasive that it transcends culture and class and even time, as people have probably been dancing since we become our own distinct species.

    So, what is it about dance that is so exciting and important to humans? In this blog, we will talk about a few of the reasons why we are so captivated by dance. If you love to dance around your house but you want to learn how to dance even better, call us at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. We offer dance classes that are fun, exciting, and a great way to improve your moves! Check out our site and then get in touch to learn more about our dance studio or to sign up for a free introductory dance lesson.

    Dancing is Primal

    It’s easy to see that dancing is hardwired into our genetic structure somewhere. As we mentioned in an earlier paragraph, even babies are taken to start moving when they hear music. This continues throughout our lives. Whether we stay as uninhibited and free as we were as babies or we limit ourselves to a less-conspicuous head nod or foot tap, our brains want us to move. While we have, over time, codified dance to fit loose and rigid forms, it is something that we feel compelled to do. There aren’t a lot of fun and healthy things that we are compelled to do, so we think it is a good idea to embrace it!

    Dancing is Exciting

    Whether you go out of your way to watch dancing shows or not, whenever we see highly skilled dancers doing their thing, we are entranced. We think that this fascination with dance is because of how exciting dance is. In addition to it being a kinetic activity, dance excites us for other reasons. When combined perfectly with music, the synchronicity of these two art forms lets us feel something deep and intangible. When we marvel at someone’s form, we are seeing how perfectly suited to movement the human body can be. Dance speaks of possibility and the future because it makes us feel alive.

    If you have been looking for an excellent way to have fun, dance lessons are a wonderful way to do it. In addition to meeting new people and dancing to great music, dance can help you unleash your creative energies and reduce stress. When you are ready to find out more about our dance classes, please give us a call at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. Our highly trained dance instructors would love to help you connect to the art that is dance. We have lessons available in many different styles, so pick one that looks interesting to you and come on down!

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  6. How Dance Classes Can Make You a Better Innovator

    If you work in a creative field or you just like to create or invent in your free time, you’ve probably had long stretches of time where you just were not able to work on anything new or you had a hard time completing a project. If you feel like you have lost your spark, don’t fret! There is an easy way to pull yourself out of a slump that doesn’t require you to read a bunch of silly books that ambiguously talk about the creative process. All you have to do is sign up for dance classes at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston!

    While dance lessons might seem like a strange way to make you a better innovator, there are many reasons why it is true. Read on to learn about a few of those reasons and then give us a call today to schedule your first, complimentary dance class!

    Dance Can Jumpstart Your Creativity

    Exercise has long been a way to keep physically fit, but there now seems to be a link between exercise and creativity. People in creative fields have reported that exercising allows them to use a part of their brain that might otherwise go unused. While this change is a good way to enhance your neural plasticity, it may also help you feel more creative. Creativity is, despite what a lot of people believe, largely dependent upon repetition. In order to become a good painter, writer, or product designer, you have to keep trying things in new ways. Learning a new skill allows your brain to take those lessons and make connections to the other skill. If you have been struggling with something, come learn how to dance. We think you’ll be happy with the positive influence dance lessons have on your other creative endeavors.

    Dance is Another Form of Problem Solving

    By allowing your brain to focus on something else, it can help other parts of your brain make different kinds of links that it hadn’t made before. Distracting yourself with something different is a great way to allow your subconscious mind to help complete work that your conscious mind has been struggling with. When we become too focused on something, we get tunnel vision and can’t see how other factors impact or create the problems we are trying to solve. When you learn how to dance, you are teaching your brain and your body how to solve several interweaved “problems” simultaneously. This approach can help your pursuits in other fields.

    Whether you have been searching for an excellent new way to stay fit while having a lot of fun or you want to help your brain learn to think in new ways, dancing is a great way to do it. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, our classes are open to people of all ages and experience levels. No matter what kind of dance you want to learn, our instructors are passionate about movement and love to help people learn how to dance! Call us now to sign up for a dance lesson.

  7. Dance Lessons Can Help You Overcome Anxiety

    In the modern world, there are many reasons why you might feel anxious. Economic stresses, politics, and other worries can lead you to feeling afraid or restless, even in the moments where nothing is going wrong. While there are many available treatments for anxiety, there is one way to stop anxiety from intruding on your world that is both healthy and fun. Dance lessons! While you might think that attending a dance school once or twice a week isn’t much of a prescription against the stressors of world, there is plenty of evidence that shows how dance can be a wonderful way to improve your mood and your physical health.

    At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, we offer dance lessons to kids and adults who want to learn a new style of dance. Whether you have always been interested in ballroom dancing or you want to try your hand at swing or rumba, our dance instructors are ready to teach you some new moves! Contact us today to learn about a free introductory lesson or read on to find out about some of the ways that dance can help you crush your anxiety.

    Dance Is Relaxing

    While the act of dancing, especially when you are engaged in an uptempo swing or salsa session, can be strenuous, the aftereffects are highly relaxing. While almost any form of exercise can leave you feeling relaxed, dance is unique in that it has very specific goals and milestones that some other exercises lack. When you complete a dance that you have been working on for weeks or months, you are left feeling even more relaxed because you have accomplished something.

    We’ll talk more about the benefits of completing something in the next entry of this blog series, but think about this hypothetical situation as an example of how relaxing dance can be. Imagine that you have a presentation to give to your boss or professor. You know when you have to give your presentation and what it needs to cover, but that’s it. While it is natural to think that this situation is very stressful, we all deal with these kinds of obstacles every day. After you have determined the best way to meet your goal, what do you do?

    You devote time and effort to making it happen. You are able to shut out distractions and concentrate. Once it is over, how do you feel? You probably feel great! There is nothing like being able to focus in on something and overcome it to make you feel as if everything is going to be okay. Every day that you go to a dance lesson, you are providing yourself with another way to realize that you have the ability and the control that you need to conquer anything in your path.

    If you need a great way to help alleviate the stress in your life that doubles as a healthy and interesting hobby you can love for the rest of your life, give us a call at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. Our professional dance instructors love to help students of all ages and experience levels, so get in contact with us today to learn more about our dance school. Don’t forget to ask us about a free introductory dance lesson!