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 …

Don’t wait for the ball to drop! Start your new you today.

Like many others, I’m motivated to write about the things that are on my mind through my training of others, but sometimes it is based on what I am feeling internally. This blog speaks to both. It has been quite awhile since I wrote a new blog. I was in the habit of consistently writing a blog every week for …

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Dance Studio Faux Pas- Are You Guilty?

Ballroom dancing is famous for the etiquette and grace behind it. There are certain unspoken etiquette rules when learning to dance. I am here to make them “spoken.” Showing up late to sessions- Are you that person? Showing up late to a dance class can be disruptive and it slows down the speed of the class. The instructor feels like …

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Dear Instructor…

Dear Instructor, I want you to know, I feel you know me better than most people in my life. I have gone to events like Match Competition, Showcase and performed in shows, not because I felt I was ready, but because you believed I was ready. You give me constant encouragement and patience during each of our lessons. I know …

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Dear Student…

Dear Student, It is important for me to express how I feel about your learning. I cannot emphasize enough that I need you to celebrate the small victories, and the means every small victory. My worry is, sometimes you are too hard on yourself and get discouraged. While I do want you to reach your ultimate goals of being an …

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A Dose of Respite

With the hustle and bustle of life, and how busy people are these days, it’s the little things that keep us motivated and feeling good. We need to remember to take care of ourselves, to be the best version of ourselves. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve reflected on this week. 1) Rest – Remember giving your body …

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Finding the Waltz Beat – Easy as 1. 2. 3.

This week we take a look back to give you more great music for practice, and the best information on how to find the beat in Waltz. Waltz, unlike any other dance is unique to itself because you cannot dance any other dance to it (the only exception is the Viennese Waltz, which is danced to the same count, just …