A Couples Romantic Dancing Moment

You must see this video! I came across this while judging a Ballroom Dance competition in Hawaii. The video I took shows better than any words I could ever use how Ballroom Dancing can add so much to a couple’s life. This is a gem of a story and to have a visual of this raw footage, I couldn’t believe …

New Year, New You – Dance Etiquette

Just what we need for our New Year, New Year theme – Good ol’ “Old Fashioned” advice. Good manners and dance etiquette are timeless. Here are some Do’s and Don’t’s for the dance floor. Do’s Men: Do dance with several partners at a dance—and always with your hostess at least once Do practice good sportsmanship by not monopolizing a single …

New Year, New You

Oh, how we love when the clock strikes 12:00 on the last day of the year and the New Year begins! It makes us feel like we get to start the New Year fresh and new. Not only is it a great time to reflect on all things good from the previous year but this is a great time to …

The Gift of Dance

It’s that time of year again! There is an endless rush of people running around trying to find the perfect gift for their loved ones. With all the worries that come with gift giving like, “What’s their size?” “Where am I going to hide this?,” “How am I gonna wrap this?” There is one gift where all of those worries …

Sandy Grivett & John Schwartz Testimonial as told by Sandy

“Thirty-three years ago we met during our last semester of college in an Introduction to Ballroom Dance class. While we enjoyed dancing together in school, we didn’t find the time or place to dance again for about 25 years. One day we were leaving an office building and were curious about what was going on in one of the rooms. …

The Untapped Power of a Smile

“I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish” Mother Teresa Smiling… Projects longevity of life Determines a higher percentage of success Reduces stress enhancing hormones Reduces blood pressure Makes you look good to other people (successful and magnetic) Makes you look more competent Do you smile more than 20 Times a day? Statistics say… Only …

For the Love of Couples Ballroom Dancing

It is very interesting that in this day and age, couples, more especially men think they can’t learn to dance. I was sitting in the sunshine when I was on a break while judging at the Texas Showdown when a couple sitting next to me asked what was going on in the ballroom? They had peeked in the night before …

Practice Sessions – Why They Are The Most Important Practice

You work so hard on your dancing, concentrating on every move. Head up, arms out, footwork, posture, etc. The private instruction you receive is important because this is where you learn all of the finer points to your dancing. It is real time learning. While this may seem like the most important practice, it isn’t. Practice sessions are a vital …

Summer Reboot

When summer comes, we all let the thrill of school ending and the warm weather throw our lives and schedules off balance. But with the right email from a trusted trainer, you can get right back on schedule… “YOU 2.0 Hey family! I woke up Friday morning and saw that my iPhone had an update pending. I clicked “update” and …

A Battle Unknown – The Story of Maria

This video embodies the very reason why I do what I do. As a teacher and coach, my job is to train and inspire others, but so often, I’m the one walking away feeling inspired. Maria was working on a Bolero routine that she will be performing in late July at the Arthur Murray “Ciao Amore Dance-O-Rama” in Barcelona, Spain. …

Dance Like the Stars

Dancing with the Stars is quite the ballroom dance phenomenon – this year the show celebrates its 24th season and 400th episode! #Dancelikethestars is a popular phrase and hashtag that has entered the modern dance lexicon. This has both a positive and negative effect. Thanks to the show, new dancers come into the studio to learn expecting the Hollywood experience …

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8 Upcoming Dance-O-Rama Competitions You Need To Attend

When it comes to competitions, the Arthur Murray brand is known for their first class, VIP events that deliver the full ballroom dance experience. Thanks to the warm, supportive culture behind Arthur Murray events, all dancers are guaranteed to be treated like royalty. We have so many different, unique experiences that deserve a place on your calendar – I can …

Dance Fitness Week – Health Benefits Re-hash

This week is “Dance Fitness Week” throughout the many Arthur Murray Dance Studios worldwide! We are celebrating and participating in all of the health benefits that Ballroom Dancing provides. It has been a great week so far! We decided to get some pedometers so that our students can see how much activity they log while dancing. While it has been …

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Spice Up Your Salsa Today

So I was going through YouTube, and this Salsa video caught my eye. The couple is smooth, the music is fun, and they’re having a great time dancing together. One of the first things I noticed was that these dancers are not overdoing any of their movements – they are good solid dancers. This is how the Salsa should be …

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Dance Shoes – What You Need to Know

To the untrained eye, dance shoes seem like just another pair of shoes. A lot of new students will put off buying the proper shoes for far too long. Whatever you do, don’t wait!  Could you imagine showing up to play 18 holes of golf with your buddies wearing all the right gear, but missing golf shoes? Would you forego …

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How Many States Have You Danced In? Take the Ballroom Dance Survey to Find Out!

The United States of America is such a large country that it’s easy to feel like you’re traveling to an entirely different nation…when you’re only going to another state. When you travel through the states, you’ll notice that the culture, people, dialects, and even popular dances vary. In southern states like Texas or Alabama, you’ll see a lot of people interested …