Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This Month's Obesession: The EasyGo Dispenser Protein Powder Dispenser

As dancers you must take your post-exercise nutrition seriously in order to provide your muscles with the raw materials and nutrients they need. Any nutritionist will tell you that post-workout eating is the most important aspect of fitness nutrition. Within 45 minutes of any workout, you need to have protein to supply your body with amino acids and help promote muscle building and recovery.

If your daily activities rarely allow time for a home cooked meal, you can still make sure you get your protein fix with the EasyGoDispenser. The EasyGo Dispenser is a protein powder dispenser that was designed for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. It will carry a full day’s worth of protein powder and the measuring unit dispenses precise amounts of powder and fits into any shaker cup or water bottle. The base storage unit keeps your powder fresh and the EasyGo Dispenser is small enough to fit into any bag and bring with you no matter where you go.

The EasyGo Dispenser was developed by three Army soldiers. While deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, they realized that there was no easy way to make an instant protein shake – a common source of nutrition for soldiers. So in order to make it easier to get a proper meal replacement via protein powder, they came up with the idea for the EasyGo Dispenser. 

With the EasyGo Dispenser you will recieve the perfect amount of protein to help rebuild and recharge your body after your workout or dance practice. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This Month's Obsession: Laura Mercier Face Primer

As your dance students and pros transition from practice to performances, you’re feeling prideful and so are they. You’ve taught them the dance skills they need to stand out on the dance floor, and now it’s time to show them how to make their makeup pop too! Introduce your performers to this month’s favorite beauty pick - the new Laura Mercier Face Primer in Radiance

Primer is the secret weapon for achieving flawless skin and making your makeup last. It preps the skin for makeup, fills in pores and fine lines, and creates a smooth base that makeup can adhere to.  With this beauty must-have, your performers can say good-bye to their makeup slipping and sliding as they sweat their way through their dance routine.

Laura Mercier created the beauty industry’s first ever makeup primer and just recently reinvented her popular primer and made the newest version which adds luminosity and radiance to skin. This lightweight, creamy vitamin-rich gel not only makes your skin glow, but also acts as a buffer to outside elements and holds your foundation in place for hours. 

Not sure how to apply primer? Here are step by step instructions:

Step 1: Apply primer onto your face the same way you would apply your moisturizer. Be sure to apply all areas as evenly as possible, but it’s okay to use a little extra in places where your makeup tends to wear off quickly, such as in the T-zone area.

Step 2: Apply your foundation and concealer as you normally would. Notice that the colors of your makeup look so much better!

Note: There are also primers designed for eyelids which make your eye shadow last all day and night and help you get the most out of even the cheapest eye shadows.

Use this secret weapon to help your students achieve the ultimate makeup look before the next event or special occasion. Now people won’t just recognize Fred Astaire dancers for their suave moves, but for their flawless, long-lasting makeup as well!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Are the "Healthy" Foods You're Eating REALLY Healthy?

Reduced-fat peanut butter: Reduced-fat peanut butter has nearly as many calories as the full fat version plus added sugars, more sodium and partially hydrogenated oils which are the unhealthy fats that raise cholesterol. So basically, when you’re making this substitution you’re really trading heart-healthy fats for empty carbs and sugars. One tablespoon of reduced-fat peanut butter is 95 calories, has 6g of fat and 110mg of sodium. Instead, opt for an all-natural peanut butter like Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter which has no salt and is 105 calories and 8g of fat.

Granola: Granola is loaded with carbs and high in calories. It usually also contains high amounts of added sugars and oil. Instead, choose a whole grain cereal which tends to be a great source of healthy fats, fiber and protein.

Flavored oatmeal: Flavored instant oatmeal can be high in sugar and sodium causing you to eat empty calories that provide no nutritional benefits. Swap flavored oatmeal for whole rolled or steel cut oats which don’t contain added salt or sugars and contain the same amount of fiver and protein. Add some fresh fruit or honey for extra flavor.

Bars: Many energy, fiber and protein bars are just glorified candy bars. Save yourself some sugar and calories and substitute these for an apple or a spoon of peanut butter instead. You’ll get your protein fix without bursting out of your skinny jeans. 

If you need a quick meal replacement while on-the-go you can make your own protein shake. However, be very cautious about protein shakes that you can buy at smoothie stores or gyms. Instead, carry your own supply of protein powder in a powder dispenser like EasyGo Dispenser so you can quickly make a shake no matter where you are. The EasyGo Dispenser allows you to carry a days’ worth of protein powder and easily dispenses into any water bottle or shaker cup so you can make a mess-free shake for a snack or meal replacement.

Multigrain bread: Whole wheat bread has more essential nutrients and dietary fiber than multigrain bread. Unless your multigrain bread is made with whole grains you might as well be eating white bread!  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tips to Perfect Your Dance Technique

No matter what level of experience your dancing is, there is always room for improvement. Professional dancers spend their entire careers perfecting their technique and so should you. After all, technique is what separates the best dancers from average dancers. Always remember that perfecting the skills you already know is just as important as learning new moves.  

Here are a few tips to help you dance your way into better and more professional moves:

  • Perfect your posture: Dance is all about body language and movements. Posture is extremely vital for a dancer’s success as well as the delivery of each dance’s story.
  • Watch other dancers for inspiration: Watching old dance movies or professional competitions can be extremely helpful. Pay attention to their technique, posture and body alignment and make a mental note to incorporate these into your own dance style.
  • Find a great instructor: Having the right dance teacher to correct your mistakes and help teach you new steps can really help perfect your skills.
  • Exercise: Make your moves look more effortless by building muscle. Make your jumps look stronger, your turns more balanced and your moves more graceful, all by exercising your whole body.
  • Eat right: As a dancer, your body needs to be healthy from the inside-out. A healthy, well-balanced diet can help you feel more energized.
  • Don’t just dance it, feel it: Dancing is all about telling a story with your body. Facial expressions are extremely important in portraying what you want to say without using actual words. Don’t just focus on the steps – put your feelings into it. If it’s a happy, upbeat song make big sharp movements and smile. If it’s a sad or emotional dance, make sure your facial expressions represent that.
  • Practice makes perfect: Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong! Practice, practice, practice!
  • Stretch: A great dancer makes difficult moves look effortless. Stretching daily will make your body more flexible and help make your moves look more graceful.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Dancing with the Stars Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Monday may not be everyone's favorite weekday, but thanks to Dancing with the Stars, it's a definite contender for favorite weeknight!  Where else can you see a handful of your favorite celebrities from past and present learn ballroom and Latin dances from some of the world's best dance talent, including some of our very own Fred Astaire Dance School talent?

This week's program kicked off with a special Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring Mark Ballas, son of former FADS board member Corky Ballas and the "Queen of Latin" Shirley Ballas, showcasing not only his dancing skills but also his musical chops.  Donned in an old-school red blazer, Converse high-tops and bow tie, Mark performed his first single “Get My Name” [available for download on iTunes: ] live while the DWTS pros and troupe performed a contemporary Cha-Cha.  Mark stepped in to Cha-Cha during the instrumental section, reminding us that he's a double threat.  Singing, dancing...the perfect Monday night!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Has Sprung – Dance Your Way into a New You!

If you’re anything like us, you may be finding you have more “pep in your step” with spring right around the corner! Warmer temperatures and longer days bring us blooming flowers, singing birds, and the joy of a new season. We believe spring is a great time to take on something new; something fun, challenging, and beneficial to your mind, body and soul.

Not only is dance a great form of exercise – summer is right around the corner, after all – but it’s also a pleasurable creative outlet and a great form of expression. Studies show that dance not only reduces stress but helps you lose weight and stay flexible – who wouldn't want that?

From the Foxtrot to Salsa, we have classes that appeal to everyone. At your first lesson, you'll learn the basic elements on which all dance patterns are based and by the end, you'll be on your way to dancing!   

Spring represents change; a time for growth and fresh beginnings. So why not use this time to challenge yourself, physically and mentally? You will meet new people, get in shape, and learn something new all while having a great time! 

Visit to find a local Fred Astaire Dance Studio near you! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

An Update and a Request Concerning FADS Beirut.

We'd like you to be aware of this situation, and we suggest writing franchisee Marwan Jammal to wish him a speedy recovery from these latest events. Please read on.

Marwan Jammal is dealing with more than his share of pressure and difficulties.

Almost exactly one year ago, on January 11, we posted this image (above, right) on our blog with an article about Marwan's studio in Beirut, Lebanon. Back then, snow pummeled his region in what experts called "the worst storm the area has ever seen." Marwan sent us photos of the devastation. Our response was that blog, called "When Life Hands Us Lemons....,' and it was a celebration of the power of positive thinking by folks who carry on despite huge obstacles and problems. 

Last week, Marwan wrote the Corporate Office, "Unfortunately, a car bomb rocked Dahieh's neighborhood of Haret Heik Thursday afternoon, causing the death of at least five people and several were injured. It was close by the studio, we are all ok but plenty of cancellations occurred."  [If you're following the news on the Middle East, you know there were 2 other car bombs in Beirut in the weeks prior to this.] His note was accompanied by this image from The Nation:

Once again, we'd like to send encouragement to Marwan and his staff, wishing them positive thinking and positive results. We also wish all people in Lebanon a speedy resolution to the difficult issues being addressed. And we are also reminded of how fortunate many of us are today to have only the weather to deal with.  We, like Marwan and his staff, pledge to continue to dance through it all, no matter what.

It would be beneficial if some of you would send Marwan a note wishing him a speedy recovery from all this. Thanks.