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. Popular Latin Dances, Part Two

    In our last blog, we looked at three different latin dances: the tango, the rumba, and salsa. At Fred Astaire Reston, we love teaching Latin dance styles. They are extremely fun for everyone involved. We offer dance lessons in Reston that focus on the Latin dances you’d like to learn. Here, we will look at three more popular latin dances.

    Samba

    The Samba is a Brazilian style that originated in the early 20th century. By the 1930s, it was formally adopted by Brazilian society as a ballroom dance. Like many aspects of Brazilian culture, the samba draws influences from both African and Latin sources. One of the most defining aspects of samba is its 2/4 meter.

    Merengue

    Merengue is a Latin dance style that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is one of the easiest dances to learn. Compared to many Latin dance styles, it is far more relaxed, which allows for complex moves to be performed with greater ease than you’d expect.

    Bachata

    Another popular Dominican style is called bachata dance. Bachata is a much more recent development compared to the other dances we have looked at. The roots of bachata can be traced back to the early 1960s.

    Over the last two blogs, we looked at six different styles of Latin dance, but there are many more that exist. Interested in learning how to do these dances yourself? Use our online form to sign up for your free introductory lesson. With a little bit of time and dedication, we will have you dancing like you never knew you could!

  3. Popular Latin Dances

    At Fred Astaire Reston, we love giving Latin dance lessons in Reston. Latin dances are physical, sensual, and most importantly, fun! Over the course of our next two blog entries, we will be taking a brief look at some of our favorite Latin dances. You have probably heard of most of these dances before, but hopefully you will still learn something new.

    Tango

    The tango is a dance that originated in Argentina sometime in the mid-nineteenth century. It is an extremely passionate and sensuous dance, often involving a close embrace and intertwined legs, making it an excellent choice for those wanting to strengthen the bond between them and their partner.

    Rumba

    With roots stretching back to the 16th century, the rumba is one of Cuba’s most important, influential, and recognizable cultural contributions to the world. The basic steps of rumba are easy to learn, and there is plenty of room for self-expression.

    Salsa

    Not all Latin dance styles originated within the borders of Latin America, and salsa is a great example of this. Puerto Ricans and Cubans living in New York City innovated this unique style in the mid-1970s. Salsa has a very distinctive feel, due to the “six over eight” style patterns that are extensively employed.

    Ready to stop reading about these dances and start trying them out for yourself? Contact us today to sign up for your free introductory lesson! We’d love to teach you how to dance. Stay tuned for our next blog, where we will look at three more popular Latin dances.

  4. Anna Trebunskaya from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars is coming to Fred Astaire Reston

    DWTSWe are proud to announce that Anna Trebunskaya is coming to our Dance Studio in Reston! She will be visiting us on May 12th, and is offering dance lessons and coaching. Be sure to sign up for coaching as we expect spots to fill up fast.

    Anna is a professional ballroom and latin dancer from Russia, known for her appearances on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Anna has been dancing since she was 6 years old, and has competed internationally. On the show she has partnered with Jerry Rice, Gary Busey, Albert Reed, Steve Guttenburg, Chuck Lidell, Kurt Warner and more!

    Be sure to join us May 12th for a great day of dancing and instruction with Anna, a true international dancing star!