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You Know You’re Addicted To Dancing If…

  Your Facebook profile picture is of you and your teacher, not you and your spouse You find yourself practicing while in the produce aisle You’re more excited about rhinestone jewelry than real jewelry You own a tie that has rhinestones on it You own more dance shoes than regular shoes You spent more money on your 1st Ball gown …

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60 Items Every Dancer Should Own

  Congratulations, you are learning to dance! To make your experience more enjoyable and successful, I am going to share with you Items Every Dancer Should Own. These items do not discriminate. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced dancer, owning the proper things are important to your experience as well as others. You’ll see what I mean as …

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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 …

Getting the most out of your coaching experience

We are so fortunate to have a system that keeps us striving and reaching for the best! One of those ways is the Traveling Consultant program. Our Coaches are amazing in so many aspects of dance. They would not be brought into the studio unless they have been through the trenches themselves and have received top recognition for their work. …

Julie’s Advice – An Instructor’s Wisdom

I’ve taught a lot of new students how to dance, and most go through the same ups and downs. It’s easy to feel discouraged during the first stages of learning. Here is my advice for new people who are just starting out their dance journey. Accept compliments and acknowledge your growth. Learning to dance is awkward for everyone. Your teacher …

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 …

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 …

How to Become a Good Dancer, Part 6 – Do’s and Don’ts

How to Become a Good Dancer, Part 6? – Do’s and Don’ts Yet again I found myself reading Mr. Murray’s book, “How to Become a Good Dancer” and reflecting on how helpful his dance advice is. Now don’t get discouraged by his use of manners that we don’t seem to experience much of today (like being escorted across the street.) …