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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 …

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 …

Ballroom Dancing and The Valentine Effect

Last weekend, I had the honor of celebrating a friend’s life in her passing. The ceremony was beautiful and there were so many memories. As hard as it was to be there, I was remembering the good times we shared, most of which came from ballroom dancing. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it had me reminiscing over the strong …

How to Avoid the Post-Competition Blues

One of the biggest pleasures teachers experience is when their students decide to participate in dance competitions. The anticipation and euphoria that is associated with a dance competition can sometimes lead to a letdown afterwards. Here are some tips to continue to ride that pre-competition high, even after a competition.   1. Expectations Your success at any particular event is …

Who’s Leading This Dance, Anyway?

We have hundreds of men and women who come in to learn to dance every year. One of the first things they say is that the ladies are always leading. Here’s why. Most women are more knowledgeable about dance than their counterparts, and they are so eager to dance that they end up dragging their partners around. Do you think the …

How to Become a Good Dancer, Part 9 – The BEST 6 Tips

I found this list in the 1947 revised edition of Arthur Murray’s book How to Become a Better Dancer. I think these 6 tips will truly help you become a better dancer, just as Arthur Murray promises. It is so amazing how his concepts still stand the test of time almost 70 years later! Read on; I’m sure you will …

Top 10 Reasons why you should dance through the Holidays!

Christmas, New Years… the most wonderful time of the year!  In reality, a lot of people experience more stress and anxiety than holiday bliss!  Sources of holiday stress can include the pressure to shop, cook, entertain, organize family gatherings, pay bills, blog, etc.  If you want to keep that holiday stress down so that you look refreshed and feel energized to tackle any …

Did You Know Part 8: Facts about Mr. Arthur Murray

Did you know?  Facts about Mr. Arthur Murray  1.     Some of his famous advertisements back in 1922 were: His famous slogan to get people to dance was:  “If you can walk, we teach you how to dance.” 2.  Confidence was something he lacked at a young age: Arthur Murray grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NewYork City, …