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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. …

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 …

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 …

Can that Dance Party Make you Healthier?

  Have you ever wondered why you can literally boogie all night long? Or after dancing all night, why you leave the dance party rejuvenated? Or why after dancing the night away, your mood is lifted? What if I tell you dancing the night away taps into so many areas of the brain? All of your neural networks fire at …

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 …

The Happy Secret

The Happy Secret             Happiness and success are things all of us strive for. The question is: what comes first? Success then happiness, or happiness then success? Is it possible to really have one without the other?      I’ve read books, watched videos, and listened to CDs on this subject and a large focus is placed on mindset and …

Loneliness & Depression: What Does Ballroom Dance have to do with it?

“Loneliness & Depression: What does Ballroom Dance have to do with it?”              This week while I was on the arc trainer, I was watching the View (this is the only time in which I can get my dose of daytime TV), and Oprah’s best friend reporter Gayle King was on. One of the topics …

Do This, Not That! Making Healthier Choices

  Do This, Not That!  Making Healthier Choices  This week, I am going to talk about something that I have been passionate about for most of my adult life.  I have come to realize that in my next life, I could easily become a nutritionist and enjoy it to the fullest.  As a ballroom dancer, I believe health and fitness …

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 …