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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 …

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 …

My Top 10 Favorite Things – Part 1

Oprah isn’t the only one that has a list of favorite things (though that is one of my favorite things). My goal on this week’s blog is to share things that help me to enjoy the little things in life. Maybe you will find inspiration in one of my favorite things to make your day better. Some of these things …

5 Tips on How to Remain Calm, Pre- Competition

This week while on a coaching lesson, I was reminded of the importance of the pre-competition state of mind. As a competition gets close, several emotions ensue: excitement, nervousness, and trepidation to name a few. You want so badly to do well that quite often you become a little crazy. Every little thing irritates you; there are too many people …

Step it up!

My Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings are reserved for the gym while Tuesday and Thursday mornings are left to coach professionals. Creating favorable regular habits for your diet, exercise, and extra curricular activities is a good start, but did you know that it may not be enough? That’s right, I said being consistent may not be enough for you to …

Our Instructors – How did they Begin?

  To find great dancers and great instructors is no easy feat. Many can be good at their own individual dancing but have a hard time getting others to do it, while other Instructors may not be the flashiest of dancers but are great at teaching. My goal is to always get a double whammy. With the help of Arthur …

The Next Level – How Do I Get There?

I know you thought you were out of school and finally done with tests. Or maybe you’re still in school and finals are right around the corner. Nonetheless, testing is a crucial part of not only your life but dancing as well. Moving on to the next level can be a really exciting time, but for many, the fear of …

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 …

My 100th Blog… The Weighing of the Heart – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, February 8, 2013   Ok, we’re here, our 100th blog! Wow, how can this be?! You have become my family, friends, critiques and idea givers. Thank you all for these past two years. The Weighing of the Heart was an Ancient Egyptian ritual. After death, the deceased’s heart was weighed on the scales of truth and justice, against the …

Are we picking up everybody else's Monkeys?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013   As I read and prepare for staff training meetings, I am often pleasantly surprised at how much I learn and grow as a business owner, and a mom.  The book in question this week is “The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey”.  This brilliant book from Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken, Jr., and Hal Burrows is …

One Hundred Things I Have Learned through Blogging! – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, February 1, 2013   Wow, next week is my 100th blog!!! What a thrill this has been to write, and hopefully be an inspiration to others. To tell you the truth, this has changed my life. I have written about J. Clair and Troy Woodbury, my family, my 36 years with Arthur Murray Studios, good health, rough surgeries, success, …

Dealing with the Tough Questions – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, January 25, 2013   “Why am I here?” “Where am I going in my life?” “What will I be doing in the future?” “What do I do next?” “Who can give me answers, who can I talk to?” “How do I move forward in my life?” “Can someone help me change and start a new life?”  Yes, there are …

Don't Let It Change You! – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, January 18, 2013   Lou and Joyce Gray were a couple I taught in Pheonix for almost nine years!  I taught them from beginners to their Arthur Murray Gold Program.  They were brilliant and I still stay in touch with their daughter. Lou owned a construction company and Joyce was a mom.  They were like family to me.  I’ll …

How to Achieve All Your Goals in 2013 – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, January 11, 2013   Wow, I’m excited! I have been back to the gym, been back to Weight Watchers, entered a 10K, and I’m dancing my little tootsies off! This is going to be a great year. Last week we spoke about changing our attitudes and I thought about it all week.  The only way to have a new …

How to Change Your Attitude – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, January 4, 2013  Happy New Year to you all!  Ok, today I stepped on the scales then went on a run. I’m back to my healthy eating regime and packing my gym bag for those after studio visits to the pool and working on my abs. As I write this, I am filled with a new focus and strength.  …

Goodbye to 2012, Hello to a New Year in 2013! – Changing Lives through Dancing

Friday, December 28, 2012   You’re not going to believe this, but here are my New Year’s Resolutions: 1.     I gained 10 pounds in the Fall, now off they go! 2.     Return to the gym regularly and get in Great Shape! 3.     Have a Good Attitude and Count my Blessings Daily! 4.     Live each day in good service to others, …