Arthur Murray Thousand Oaks - Couple beach dancing

Dancing Changes the Way You Vacation

When you learn to dance, vacations take on a new type of fun. Dancing opens your eyes to experiences you would have passed on before. Don’t get me wrong, vacations are amazing by themselves, but being a student of dance takes the way you vacation to a whole new level!

One of the greatest things about belonging to a dance company that has over 270 locations worldwide is that you have a world full of knowledge at your fingertips. The first thing I do when I visit a new city is find an Arthur Murray branch and give them a call.  I want more information on all of the great local dance clubs and restaurants – who would know better than the local Arthur Murray Dance Studio pros?

Have you ever been out of town and worried that your dancing would get rusty? Well, as an Arthur Murray student, it certainly doesn’t have to – we push our students to take advantage of the exchange lesson program. If you are a current student, you can use your class credits while you are on vacation at any of the Arthur Murray Studios worldwide.

Arthur Murray Thousand Oaks - Corner location 1959

Arthur Murray Boulevard Location, 1959

In my opinion, the best way to appreciate another locale is to spend time dancing with the local people. They are a great resource to ask about fun local activities – it makes sense to stop into an Arthur Murray Branch early on your vacation to get the lay of the land. It is always fun to pop into a group class or attend a dance party, noting how each Arthur Murray branch does things differently. One of the perks of the Arthur Murray family is being welcomed with open arms no matter where you go. Be sure to let your home studio know about your travels ahead of time and they will take care of everything – all you have to do is walk in and dance!

Imagine walking the streets in Paris – you hear music in the distance. As you approach the little corner cafe, you stumble upon a 3 string quartet playing. You and your partner embrace the moment and begin dancing a romantic Rumba under the Paris night sky. The two of you have inspired other couples to begin dancing as well. Before you know it, your night time stroll has turned into a romantically spontaneous experience – that’s the Arthur Murray charm.

I distinctly remember being on our first family cruise years ago. We had just finished watching one of those amazing dinner shows (after stuffing ourselves silly at the buffet) and upon our exit, a Latin band was playing off to the side of the breezeway. Some other patrons listened, but didn’t pay too much attention to the band itself. My family, on the other hand, stopped and began dancing – nobody else was dancing at this point.

My husband and I began to dance Salsa because the groove of the music was so infectious. The next song was a Merengue tune, and we each grabbed one of our daughters and began marching, spinning the girls around, laughing, and giggling. At this point the girls were pretty young (5 and 7) and didn’t have many official classes under their belts, but it didn’t matter.  This moment was an unexpected gift from ballroom dancing.  This is one of our favorite family memories to this day.

What I love about dancing is that it is a skill and once you learn it, you can use it for the rest of your life. It is always with you and you don’t have to pack it. All you need is music, some confidence, and an open heart.

Live, Love, Dance and Enjoy!

Christy Melgoza



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