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You Know You’re Addicted To Dancing If…

  Your Facebook profile picture is of you and your teacher, not you and your spouse You find yourself practicing while in the produce aisle You’re more excited about rhinestone jewelry than real jewelry You own a tie that has rhinestones on it You own more dance shoes than regular shoes You spent more money on your 1st Ball gown …

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The Complete Guide to Ballroom Dance Competitions

Congratulations, you’re going to Dance-O-Rama! All of the Arthur Murray hosted ballroom dance competitions are the largest, most popular, and by far the most exquisite. It will be a memorable time for you if you are prepared, and know what to expect.    Preparing for Dance-O-Rama’s  You have been preparing for DOR by taking lessons and practicing your moves and …

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60 Items Every Dancer Should Own

  Congratulations, you are learning to dance! To make your experience more enjoyable and successful, I am going to share with you Items Every Dancer Should Own. These items do not discriminate. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced dancer, owning the proper things are important to your experience as well as others. You’ll see what I mean as …

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Key Benefits Of Dancing For Your Health

This week I’d like to share with you something that we give to our new students when they begin on their dance journey. It’s great to read that dancing is something that is fun, and oh so good for you. Dancing Promotes Better Health Because… Dancing helps with weight control: Only through some sort of regular exercise can we avoid …

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Business Socks and Fancy Frocks. Is he doing it right?

After 3 years of writing blogs in regards to dancing advice, motivation, and life tips in general, I get the occasional feedback on things that people would like more advice on. This week it was mentioned to me that our men out there may need some pointers on fashion, grooming, and really what fits them in general, to achieve the …

Complete The Total Package…. A Judge’s post-competition feedback

Immediately following a big competition is the best time to reflect on what to focus on next. Unique Dance-O-Rama Competition is one the biggest with over 12,000 entries this year. We are in a gorgeously decorated ballroom and get to experience amazing dancing, energy, and costumes. Being able to judge at this competition is truly an honor because of the …

The top 10 most common reasons (excuses) to not dance

Being in the dance industry for 24 years, I always get a great reaction when I tell people what I do for a living. It’s always – that’s so cool, that’s interesting, what a fun job, and all of those are true. After that, I get interesting comments as to why they wouldn’t be able to learn to dance. I am …

Getting the most out of your coaching experience

We are so fortunate to have a system that keeps us striving and reaching for the best! One of those ways is the Traveling Consultant program. Our Coaches are amazing in so many aspects of dance. They would not be brought into the studio unless they have been through the trenches themselves and have received top recognition for their work. …

Feeling Overwhelmed? – Effective Ways to Prevent Overloading Yourself

There have been several times in my home life and business life that I have found myself with a long list of things that I need to get done that just won’t stop growing. I’ve found myself looking at my to-do list, not even knowing where to start and already feeling defeated. Through personal growth, reading books and of course …

Julie’s Advice – An Instructor’s Wisdom

I’ve taught a lot of new students how to dance, and most go through the same ups and downs. It’s easy to feel discouraged during the first stages of learning. Here is my advice for new people who are just starting out their dance journey. Accept compliments and acknowledge your growth. Learning to dance is awkward for everyone. Your teacher …

Do what your Mama told you – Ballroom etiquette for everyday Life

This week I was reminded by of one of the Moms at my children’s school about how important it is to install good manners in our children. Today’s children, become tomorrow’s adults. She was asking me about where to find cotillion classes for her kids. I realized how fortunate I was because I was exposed to these “cotillion manners” through …

Conquering a Goal From Her Bucket List, A Story About Patricia

Every New Year we have people coming in with their New Year’s resolution of learning to dance. On the first Friday evening of January Patricia and her friends stood outside of the large glass window of the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Woodland Hills. After several minutes of watching one of our practice sessions, Patricia was the only one of …

Spoken From the Heart

Spoken from the heart, a true testament of the positivity that dance can bring to a person’s life, regardless of their circumstances.   “Dancing had always been something I wanted to do. I took that desire to another level by enrolling at Arthur Murray Dance Studio when my daughters were old enough and less dependent on me. My married life …