So You Think You Can Dance…or Not?

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Calabasas Style magazine is a publication that circulates to Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Bell Canyon and Agoura Hills. They have an upcoming spread on our amazing franchisees, Robert and Christy Melgoza. The editors have allowed us to take a look at the article before it went to print, and we wanted to share it with our readers as well! Below is a sneak peak, but keep an eye out for the full article, along with beautiful photos, in their upcoming September/October issue.


1093843_504436976298608_1428755974_oThe popularity of shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars has inspired many Calabasas residents to learn the tango or take to the floor with ballroom dance moves.  Brides and grooms have been learning how to waltz for their first dance at Arthur Murray for over a century.  Today’s dance students are likely to span many age ranges, from twenty-somethings to their grandparents.  The Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks locations of Arthur Murray Dance Centers offer private dance instruction, group classes, dance parties, and competitions.  Owners Robert and Christy Melgoza, who have owned the Woodland Hills franchise since 2004, purchased the Thousand Oaks franchise in May 2013.

Christy Melgoza, who has been teaching dance for 22 years, shares, “We get to improve people’s lives through dancing.  Students gain a greater sense of accomplishment and confidence in any social setting.  This makes our business very rewarding.  Not only do students have fun while learning how to dance but it is something they can utilize and enjoy the rest of their lives.”

She adds, “Ballroom dancing is in our blood.”  Christy’s parents owned Arthur Murray franchises in Southern California’s Riverside, San Bernardino, Redlands, Temecula, Upland, and Pasadena.  Her mother recently retired after 41 years as a franchisee.  Robert began teaching 14 years ago following the footsteps of his sister Cari Jo, who now owns Arthur Murray Centers in the San Jose area.  Both Christy and Robert started as dance competitors and instructors.  Following the Arthur Murray executive training program, the couple sold their home to buy the Woodland Hills location, setting roots in the valley to raise their family.

“All of our instructors are certified and dance as a career.  We are not only trained to be great dancers but most importantly to be great instructors,” adds Robert.

The mission statement of Arthur Murray Dance Centers states, “The very highest possible standard of dance instruction will be maintained.  Facilities will be well equipped and attractively maintained.  Faculty and Staff will at all times conduct themselves in a professional manner.  Only highly qualified instructors will be permitted to teach the students assigned to them.  Only ethically proper business practices will be employed in enrollment of students. Students will receive full periods of instruction, and are entitled to well-planned interesting lessons, courtesy, consideration, and accomplishment.”

Whether you are first on the dance floor at parties and clubs or think you have two left feet, Robert shares, “We can teach anyone to learn to dance, regardless of their ability, experience, or musical inclination.”


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