No, I am not looking for a reading group suggestion, but I assume some of you are curled up on the couch with a great romance or mystery novel these days. Let’s put that book to good use for your dancing! Anytime you take a break from reading, put it on your head. Take a few steps, try a few dance moves, sit down and stand up with the book on top. It’s a great way to work on your alignment, gain more body awareness, improve your movement efficiency. Have fun!

Look for my video with some examples, and how to use other props in your home practice.


stvan Cserven is an official United States NDCA Adjudicator and highly sought after-Coach, Trainer and Examiner. He has spent over 20 years with Fred Astaire Dance Studios, serving as Instructor, Dance Director, Studio Manager, Examiner and Regional Trainer. He has worked with students and high-level amateurs alike, leading them to several National titles. Additionally, he has worked as a regular Coach for the Harvard, MIT and Brown University ballroom dance teams. Prior to joining the Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Istvan enjoyed a successful competitive career, obtaining the title of Hungarian Standard Ballroom Champion, three-times Vice-Hungarian 10-Dance Champion, and was a member of the National Champion Latin Formation Team. During this time, he also coached competitive couples of all levels and ages, as well as the Hungarian Latin Youth Champions. About his passion and profession, Istvan says, “I love to see people grow in all aspects of their life through developing their dance ability.”

  • All levels of Certification and Examinations in American, International Styles, and Theatre Arts with Fred Astaire Dance Studios
  • Fellow of the U.S. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in International Ballroom, and Licentiate in International Latin
  • Several Regional Top-Teacher Awards with Fred Astaire Dance Studios
  • Hungarian National International Standard/Ballroom Champion
  • 3-Time Hungarian National Ten Dance Vice-Champion
  • Hungarian National Latin Formation Champion

Istvan Cserven is part of the prestigious Fred Astaire Dance Studios International Dance Council, which oversees Dance Instructor training and certification, judges (Professional, Amateur, Pro/Am) at Regional, National & International Fred Astaire Dance Studio Dance Competition events, actively coaches our Students & Instructors in dance studio locations across our network, and continuously reviews our proprietary dance curriculum to ensure only the finest, most up-to-date programs for our Students. For more information on the Fred Astaire International Dance Council or any of its members, please contact us.


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