Did You Know…? Part 2. Arthur Murray Staff Edition

Thursday, May 2, 2013


How much do you know about the staff at AMWH? Well, here are some fun and interesting facts that may surprise you, and maybe even make you chuckle.


1. Aside from around 100,000 hours of dancing in his life, David has run 19 FULL marathons and over 100 10K’s.

2. Even more surprising, David was a Vocal Performance major as a baritone, and was studying to become an opera singer. It sounds like we need to sign him up for the next talent show. 


1. In high school, Lacy entered a short film contest with a group of friends, and won 1st place with their documentary film.

2. She was 14 years old when she took her first dance lesson at the Sherman Oaks Arthur Murray studio, and began teaching only 3 years later (lucky for us it was in the Woodland Hills studio).


1. Before joining the Woodland Hills studio, Alexis worked in a microbiology hospital lab for 3 years, where he created cultures from bodily specimens. Gross, right?

2. Alexis drives a motorcycle, and has had his motorcycle license since 2001. Who says Ballroom dancing isn’t for tough guys?

3. Saving the best for last, I bet you didn’t know that Alexis can fit a whole Denny’s pancake in his mouth before chewing.


1. Between the ages of 7 and 12, Amber competed in synchronized swimming. In fact, she was even going to join the L.A. Synchro Team, but chose to dance instead.

2. As girly as she is, Amber is also very sporty and played Varsity softball, soccer, and volleyball throughout her childhood and teens. In Amber fashion, she always wore her tights underneath her sports uniform.

3. While she was a student at Arthur Murray Woodland Hills, Amber was working as an EMT for a year and a half, and even drove an ambulance. So don’t let the glitter and sparkles fool you!


1. Before venturing into the world of Ballroom, Sam studied ballet, jazz, modern & African dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. For those of you who don’t know, the late Alvin Ailey was an American dancer and choreographer, and was credited for popularizing modern dance.

2. Here is something that surprised us all… Sam coached a Little League baseball team for one season, but unfortunately, they lost every game.

3. Throughout his childhood and teens, Sam was shy and the “quiet kid” in class. I don’t believe it!


1. Joel played Offensive Lineman on his high school’s football team.

2. He played trombone in his high school jazz band, and continued to play in college, where he was a part of the school’s pep band.

3. During his sophomore year in college, Joel was appointed the Resident Advisor position. Knowing his personality, I bet he was an excellent mentor to all of the freshman students.


1. Stefanie graduated valedictorian of her high school, and studied abroad in Italy, where she learned to speak Italian. I always knew she was smart, but now I have to really watch my grammar around her!

2. Sure she can Ballroom dance, but what about IRISH dancing? Stefanie can do that, too! She even performed for us all at our St Patrick’s Day party earlier this year. If you missed it, there’s always next year…


1. Michael studied martial arts as a young lad and is a 3rd degree black belt. He has earned many 1st place medals from his efforts.

2. In middle school and high school, Michael was in Cross Country and tried out for the All Star Track Team (for the Olympic hopefuls). No wonder he is our energizer bunny and can dance ALL day long!


1. John won 1st place in a NAMCO regional (DDR) Dance Dance Revolution tournament. That was a perfect segway for him to become a Ballroom dance teacher. No wonder he beat me at Just Dance 2 on the Wii at our staff holiday party!

2. Aside from his passion for dance, John’s other obsession lies in super heroes and comic books. In fact, he went to the midnight showing of The Avengers dressed as Captain America.


1. Var is our resident talented artist, and has been drawing since she can remember. She uses mostly pencil, and likes to sketch portraits of people and animals.

2. Though you never see Var on the dance floor, since she’s always behind the desk, she is a closet singer. Her music of choice is anything by The Beatles, and she prides herself on knowing ALL the words to every one their songs.

3. Most of you might not know this, but Var was born in Armenia, and moved to the United States when she was 5 years old. However if you ask her, she will say she’s a Valley Girl.


1. When Robert and I took over the Woodland Hills studio, 50% of our staff shared the same birthday as Robert (one of them being Lacy). Who knew June 8th was such a popular day to celebrate birthdays?

2. After only 3 months of teaching, he earned recognition as the Top Male Instructor in the world. Boy, that was fast!

3. Many of you may not know that Robert’s sister, Cari Jo Garcia (and her husband, Juan de Dios Garcia), own both the San Jose and Los Gatos Arthur Murray Studios. Talent sure runs in the family!


Being the author of this blog doesn’t get me off the hook, so here are some things you may not know about me…

1. My father was the very 1st Gold Medalist student in Arthur Murray. In fact, he was too young to teach at the time, so he was given a position at the studio where he trained the instructors.

2. When I was 7 months pregnant with my first daughter, my partner, Kent Sterling, and I won 1st place in open Hustle at World Dance-O-Rama in Las Vegas. After 12 years of competing, to this day my mom says that this was my most memorable competition.  

Did you learn anything new about us? I know I did. I hope this blog was as much fun to read as it was to write. See you next week!


Thank you,

Christy Melgoza

Arthur Murray Dance Studio Owner,

Certified Adjudicator, and Mother of Two

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