What Our Students Say About Us

One of my greatest joys here at Arthur Murray is being able to have a positive impact on our student and staff’s lives. Our team is so fortunate to be in a position to pass along, not only dancing technique but affect people in many other ways! It warms my heart to hear your words and how we have been …

Insider Information: What Makes a Great Solo Routine

There are many factors that go into creating an incredible solo routine. Last Sunday, our studios put on a solo performance event that included many different styles of dance, levels and ages in the numbers performed. We are always striving to make sure the instructors and their students look their best and that we put on an amazing event. To …

Health & Fitness and the #ArthurMurrayLifestyle

In previous blogs, I have written many times about all the reasons why ballroom dancing is healthy for you. Most recently, you may have read about the mind-body connection of dance and slowing down the aging process. This week is #health and #fitness week, so we will be revisiting some of those ideas and facts! Keep in mind that health …

The Romance of Dance

Our theme this week is #datenight and #romance and at first thought it makes us think “couples week,” but I’m here to tell you, nope. We will cover how amazing dancing can be for couples but let’s first talk about anyone learning to dance without a partner or just for themselves! Recently, I was listening to a podcast and the …

The Arthur Murray Culture

First, let’s talk about what “culture” means. Several other mega businesses have developed their own culture. We think of Apple, Trader Joe’s, Ikea, Starbucks, CrossFit, etc.
How is it possible that a ballroom dance studio franchise could have its own culture?
What is that culture all about and how can it be same across the world in over 270 Arthur Murray locations? …

Why Ballroom Dancing Crushes Alzheimer’s and Much More!

As seen on a video floating around Facebook, there are so many incredible reasons for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia learn to ballroom dance! You must read, though you may not be surprised that people suffering with these diseases receive these benefits. Even people who are not victims can experience the brain benefits ballroom dancing has to offer. As I …

Does Self-Talk Affect Our Learning?

I’m sure everyone remembers when The Secret became a phenomenon. Since that popular book and video was released, I have been receiving The Secret daily teachings in the form of an email. I read a lot of them, some I just scroll through and some hit the nail on the head. This last email really got me thinking about how …

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 …