Dance Reston Blog
Anna Trebunskaya from Dancing with the Stars will join us April 4th! Group class is open top the public for $35 per person.
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 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!
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.
- 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!
LOCATION CHANGED TO:
Hyatt Regency Dulles
2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard
Herdon VA 20171
Dancing With the Services Set to Dazzle the DMV Area While Raising Money for Local Service Groups
RESTON, Va. – The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston will be hosting a glamorous charity gala called Dancing with the Services on November 11, 2017 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Dulles. The event, based on the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, will feature local DMV celebrities. Tucker Barnes from Fox 5, Anna Trebunskya from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and ex NFL star John Booty will sit on the judge panel as they critique the dance moves of the service members who will be vigorously competing for the first place Mirrorball Trophy.
This glitzy event will include a dinner and show for ticket holders. 10 active service members from the armed forces Army, Navy, Air Force, Herndon/Fairfax Police Force, Firefighters & EMT’s, even the Vice Mayor have volunteered to dance as competitors. They will be paired with a certified Fred Astaire dance instructor and learn a dance routine for the judges to score. The competitors will spend weeks practicing their routines while raising additional money on their own. All of the proceeds will go to The Pink Fund, Fraternal Order of Police & The Police Unity Tour.
“I was so excited and honored to be asked to participate in this exciting event, it’s everything I could have imagined and more, everyone is so supportive and learning to dance is just FUN, I go to charity Gala’s all the time and this is just something so different and special” – Jennifer Baker Vice Mayor Herndon VA
Susannah Moss, the executive director for the event and owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, has experience hosting these events. She co-founded the annual DC’s Dancing Stars Gala in Washington, D.C. that generates over $300,000 a year for local charities. For this event, she wanted to focus on the people in the DMV area who help our communities thrive and honor all our local heroes
“I feel so blessed and fortunate to be able to put on this exciting event and uniquely adding the twist of promoting who our community celebrities should really be, all those men and women in uniform as they are todays real stars“ – Susannah Moss Studio Director FADS Reston
This charity event will be a great opportunity to experience what it’s like to see a Dancing with the Stars show live. If you are interested in helping, consider buying a ticket to the event or donating an item to the silent auction. Service members are the backbone to our community and it’s important to recognize their hard work and dedication.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Join us for an exciting contest! Your ticket will include a 3 course sit down dinner with wine service & Professional Show. 6-11pm
Hyatt Regency Dulles
2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard
Herdon VA 20171
Your chance to view our community service members, veterans, teachers, policemen, firefighters, and emergency medical services battle it out, on the dance floor. This is a benefit you cannot miss out on.
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We are proud to announce we are now offering Yoga Dance classes starting July 1st, For only $18/person you can increase your strength, flexibility, core ability and improve your dancing skills! Join Us Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9:15 to 10:15 for Yoga Dance Classes!