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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 …

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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 …

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 …

100 Things that Make Me Happy

100 things that make me happy Have you ever stopped and wondered about the little things that you might take for granted that make you happy?  Even the small things such as your favorite cup of coffee in the morning and the hugs and laughter you share with your friends, family, and coworkers can easily be overlooked and taken for …

Christmas Playlist 2013

The Holidays are here and you know what that means: shopping, gift giving, traveling, eating, and of course, parties! Are you in need of festive music for your holiday parties that are good for listening AND dancing? Finding great holiday music (that you can also dance to) can be time consuming or frustrating, especially if you don’t know where to …

Student Testimonials

     This week, as we are thinking about what we are thankful for and counting our blessings, I think about all the things dancing and Arthur Murray has done for my husband, my family and me. I have been truly blessed in so many ways, dancing being one of them. So this week I asked some students at our …

So You Think You Can Dance…or Not?

Thursday, August 1, 2013   Calabasas Style magazine is a publication that circulates to Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Bell Canyon and Agoura Hills. They have an upcoming spread on our amazing franchisees, Robert and Christy Melgoza. The editors have allowed us to take a look at the article before it went to print, and we wanted to share it with our …

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, …

Health and Fitness through Dancing – Part 7

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 The Time Machine I believe that while I am dancing, time stops.  I also believe that as I continue to dance, time actually goes backwards and I get younger. Dancing is keeping me happy, healthy, and very young at heart. Who can deny the power of movement to music with an exciting partner and the great …