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 …

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Why Dancing? From a Student’s Perspective

Guest Post by Edie King Fasano I entered the wonderful world of ballroom dancing seven months ago. I’ve wanted to learn ballroom dance since I was a little girl. As an adult, I let go of the idea, believing I was too old – I always thought you had to start as a child. In time I began to think about it again. …

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Rolling With The Punches – A Lesson On Wheels

I want to share a special story about a Ballroom Dance lesson I had the pleasure of teaching. It was late in the afternoon and I had just finished several coaching lessons in the Plano, Texas Arthur Murray Dance Studio. I was changing my shoes and getting ready for my dinner break before returning for more lessons. One of the …

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting- Your First Dance Lesson

Everyone experiences nervousness and trepidation in their first lesson. It is normal when trying something new. Nobody wants to be embarrassed, feel awkward, or uncomfortable. I am here to help ease the unknown of that first lesson experience: What to Expect When You’re Expecting- Your First Dance Lesson. First, our instructors are terrific at making you feel comfortable and moving …

Pre-Competition Advice You Wish You Knew

Advice after the fact never seems like advice. It can come across as just words to make us feel better. Whenever we have a dance event or competition, I like to go over the typical things that can happen pre-event with our staff. This advice is the kind you wish you knew ahead of time. Preparing for the event is …