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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 …

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 …

How to Become a Good Dancer, Part 12 – The Rumba

It’s been a while since I’ve shared an excerpt from Arthur Murray’s book How to Become a Good Dancer. I particularly like what he wrote in the history of the dances because it is nice to understand where the dances we learn come from. Now remember, when Arthur Murray references the Rumba it is coming from his book that was …

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 …

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 …

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 …