1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Why Should I Take Dance Classes?

    Dance is one of the earliest forms of human expression and has been an important part of almost every single culture on earth. If connecting to our shared history and humanity isn’t a good enough reason to come by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston and take a dance class, below you’ll find a few more reasons!

    When you’re ready to start dancing, give us a call. We have classes for some of the world’s most beloved dances, including ballroom, samba, waltz, salsa, mambo, and many others, at levels from beginner to advanced.

    Dancing Can Improve Your Health

    Dancing has, time and time again, been shown to be incredibly beneficial to your overall health. Regular cardiovascular activity can help slow down or prevent everything from heart disease to dementia, as well as many other health issues. Learning how to dance can help you rebuild any strength and dexterity that you have lost as a result of an injury or accident, and it can help you manage your weight.

    People who dance regularly also find that they suffer from depression and anxiety less than people who don’t exercise normally. Physical activities like dancing help keep your body on a normal sleep schedule which in turn keeps your body healthier and your mind happier!

    Dancing Helps You Meet New People

    While dancing by yourself is great, dancing with others and becoming part of a community is an experience that you will cherish forever. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, we have many different levels of dance classes, so you’ll be working and dancing alongside people who are at similar skill levels. Working with others at your level will help encourage you to keep going and it will stop you from feeling discouraged. The friendships you forge in dance class are friendships that tend to last because they are based on mutual interests and respect for each other’s skills and dedication to dance.

    Our dance school is set up in a way that encourages people to join together to become better dancers. We offer weekly dance parties where people from different classes and skill levels can get together and show off what they’ve learned and teach others some new moves.

    Dancing Lets You Have Fun!

    All of us lead increasingly busy lives. Between long hours at work, time spent with the family, and all of the other commitments we have, it can be difficult to carve out any time doing things that we want to do for ourselves. Dance classes are one great way to enjoy some time alone or with your partner. Even if you only take one class a week, your happiness can increase dramatically and you’ll look forward to the moment when you get to get out there on the floor and move!

    Call us at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston today to find out when you can start taking dance lessons! We offer classes for dancers of all ages with instructors who are accomplished dancers and wonderful teachers. Our goal is to help you move the way you’ve always wanted to!

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  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!