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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to be the Belle of the Ball – 5 Ways to Get Asked to Dance More Often

Wednesday, June 19, 2013   Do you wish you danced more often at parties? Well, what if I told you that YOU have the power to make others want to dance with you? This week I am addressing the popular (yet dreadful) topic of why you are not being asked to dance as much as you’d like. More importantly, I will give you suggestions on …

The Seven Laws of the Dancing Universe – Part One

Friday, May 24, 2013   These are all based on the Law of “Energy Is”. These two installments comment on not just the laws, but how they relate to dancing. The second part will then focus on how to live them on a daily basis. First: The Law of Perpetual Transmutation Our thoughts turn into reality. This law states that …

Busy People Get Things Done – Part 1. How to Maximize Your Lesson Time

Thursday, May 9, 2013   So you’re taking dance lessons, and you think it’s up to your teacher to do all the work. Well, think again. Your instructor will be working hard during your lesson time, but how much you get out of your lessons is completely up to you. You know the saying, “Busy people get things done?” I …