The Swing of Things: Focusing on Family

The Swing of Things: Bringing Dance Back to School

As hectic as the holiday season may be with ever-growing to-do lists, this time of year inspires great family moments and fosters traditions that last a lifetime. Whether you spend the holidays prancing around the dinner table or in the studio with your dance family, remember to hold your loved ones tight and celebrate your time together. We hope you enjoy these stories of dance that focus on the most important people in your life, your family.

NYC Ballet Physical Therapist is Part of the Dance Family

Often referred to as the mother of dance medicine, Marika Molnar joined the New York City Ballet in the 1980s as its very first physical therapist, at the request of the George Balanchine himself. Molnar is considered the glue in the NYCB family, as she strives to preserve the health and longevity of all dancers.


Keeping Dance in the Family with Derek and Julianne Hough

Your favorite dancing duo, siblings Derek and Julianne Hough, take the stage in dazzling gold sequins to perform this sassy and energetic number on Good Morning America. Their dance moves are sure to wake you up and get your feet moving!


Behind the Scenes With the Rockettes

As a child, Alissa LaVergne recalls her family tradition of waking up early on Thanksgiving morning to sip hot cocoa and watch in amazement as the Rockettes performed their precise routines in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Just a few short years later, Alissa turned her dream into a reality and became a permanent member of the famous dance family.

Not familiar with the Rockette’s routine? Take a peek at this holiday classic:


Army Dad Celebrated Veterans Day with Surprise Father-Daughter Dance

Warrant Officer for the U.S Army and father of two, Wally Vega, returns home from his base in Texas to surprise his 14-year-old daughter at her high school’s father-daughter dance. Warning, this heartwarming story is a bit of a tear-jerker!

Whether your definition of family includes aunts and uncles, long-time friends, or sisters and brothers, dancing together is a great way to celebrate your relationship and embrace the joy of the season. Ready to share dance with a loved one? Contact your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio to learn about lessons and gift certificate options.