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. The 007 James Bond Showcase

    Welcome to our first ever James Bond themed showcase night event, hosted by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. Join us for a fantastic night on the rooftop of 444 N. Capitol Street NW, In Washington DC. On April 24th.

    We will be have a spectacular buffet dinner, open martini bar, casino tables, student and instructor performances and a professional video and photography crew to capture it all. Make sure your there as this will be a night to remember!

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  3. Dancing in the Dark Friday December 4th

    Wow, what a way to think, can you dance without your eyes, well the answer is YES, dancing is about feeling your body move, others watch it.  We are proud to have partnered with Foundation Fighting Blindess to host Dancing in the Dark, a night full of surprises.  Sit down dinner, open bar, silent auction and yes a group class where you loose your sight for 45 mins!!! then dance the night away Fred Astaire Style. 100% of proceeds go to the Foundation, which is tax deductible.  Please join us for this unique experience.

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  4. Next Guest Party Dec 5th

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    Announcing our next Guest Party, it’s time for Santa to visit

    Dec 3rd 7-9pm come dance around our Christmas Tree 🙂

  5. Halloween Party

    Prize for best costume, 7-9pm Friday October 30th, come join us for some spooky fair!!!mrs--mr-potato-head-costume

  6. Oktoberfest Party Oct 9th

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    Oktoberfest a traditional autumn festival held in Munich, Germany, every October that features beer-drinking and merrymaking, we at Fred Astaire Reston love Beer and Merrymaking!

    Polka is defined as a vivacious couple dance of Bohemian origin in duple time; was a basic pattern of hop-step-close-step; a lively Bohemian dance tune in 2/4 time.

    The polka was originally a Czech peasant dance, developed in Eastern Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia). Bohemian historians believe that the polka was invented by a peasant girl (Anna Slezak, in Labska Tynice in 1834) one Sunday for her amusement. It was composed to a folk song “Strycek Nimra Koupil Simla (Uncle Nimra brought a white horse).” Anna called the step “Madera” because of its quickness and liveliness.

    The dance was first introduced into the ballrooms of Prague in 1835. The name of the dance (pulka) is Czech for “half-step”, referring to the rapid shift from one foot to the other.

    In 1840, Raab, a dancing teach of Prague, danced the polka at the Odeon Theatre in Paris where it was a tremendous success. Parisian dancing teachers seized on the new dance and refined it for their salons and ballrooms. According to Cellarius, the famous French dancing master of the mid-nineteenth century: “What young man is there, although formerly most opposed to dancing, whom the polka has not snatched from his apathy to acquire, willy-nilly, a talent suddenly become indispensable?”

    Polkamania resulted. Dance academies were swamped and in desperation recruited ballet girls from the Paris Opera as dancing partners to help teach the polka. This naturally attracted many young men who were interested in things other than dancing, and manners and morals in the dance pavilions deteriorated. Dancing developed a bad name and many parents forbade their daughters dancing with any but close friends of the family.  Luckily NOT ANYMORE, we teach that too……