Feeling Thankful: From Classroom to Ballroom

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and being grateful for what we have in our lives; here is a personal story from one of our newest team members, Brenna. Dance is one of the things in her life that she is most thankful for and here is why. “When I was 16 years old, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression …

Meet Our Amazing Coaches!

We are so fortunate to have not only the most passionate and skilled instructors here at Arthur Murray, but also to have continuous training from the best dancers/coaches in the WORLD!  This is something I have always loved about Arthur Murray… you can never be too good of a dancer or an instructor to stop learning and become better. Each …

Ballroom Dance Inspired by French Poet – Jean-Pierre & Sarah Lafare

Jean-Pierre and I met on the phone. He offered to send me a translation of a poem by a French poet. The poem is entitled “Invitation to the Voyage” It talks about going off to a tropical isle and fulfilling our love, an isle where all is luxurious, calm and voluptuous. After receiving the beautiful English translation, I offered to …

11 Ballroom Dance Rules to Improve Your Dancing

Men brush toward the supporting foot, lady brush to the supporting foot Your nose goes with your toes When your turn right look left, when you turn left look more left When it Doubt “stick it out” – this means your arms go up and out in open position When Turning left, face in (Diagonal center) when turning right, face …

Finding Your Greatness

I love his message in this vlog. You would think that “finding your greatness” means finding out who you are are what your gifts are and while that may be partly true, Jonathan states (and this is my favorite part) – “Mediocre Talent can change the World.” You don’t have to be born with these gifts like Tiger Woods, Shaquille …

A Dancer’s Guide to Good Hygiene

Come in a fresh clean shirt Re-apply deodorant before attending class Use a light cologne or perfume Use a light cologne or perfume Bring a change of shirt if you tend to sweat a lot Bring a hand towel for any excess sweat Wash hands prior to dancing with others Remember mints/mouthwash Don’t attend lessons when you are sick Ladies avoid …

Unique Dance-O-Rama- 25 Years Strong, and the Students Tell Us Why

When students begin their dance journey, there’s really no telling where it’s headed and how many different times the route will change directions. Even for the most competition-minded person, the thought of dancing on the floor while being critiqued or placed, results in a resounding “No.”  However for many students, that journey will lead them to one of the many …

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 technique. …

All-Around Competitions: 3 Keys to Owning the Floor

Overall Presence When dance shows begin, the first thing the judges do is scan the room to get a feel for the overall field of dancers. What initially stands out is overall presence – how do you carry yourself? What is your posture like?  What sort of tone and energy does your body language give off? You might be thinking …

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The Romance of Dance

Every romantic relationship reaches a point of comfort, whether it is a fresh relationship or a seasoned one.  I’m not talking about the good type of comfort, where you forego the need to be dressed to the nines around your significant other. I’m talking about the type of comfort that sets in when you find yourselves on the couch watching …

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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 …

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Team Thousand Oaks Takes on Vancouver Dance-O-Rama

We are so proud of our Thousand Oaks Team – they just returned from an amazing 2017 Dance-O-Rama Competition in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada. Sandy D’Elia and Van Anh Chandler traveled with their instructor Edwin Cabrera to compete in Vancouver against 20 plus Arthur Murray studio branches. The festivities began on Thursday with an excursion to Grouse Mountain, …

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The Most Popular Ballroom Dance Starter Questions Unveiled

Want to step out and try Ballroom dancing?  It sounds like great fun but for a lot of people, it is unknown territory. Typically, the things that hold people back from starting to dance aren’t huge issues. People tend to ask a lot of questions – here’s a few that I run across frequently… When I’m at dinner parties, people …

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What’s your reason? Tell us how it’s changed…

Was it curiosity, an upcoming wedding, wanting to learn a new hobby, or looking for a way to skip out on the gym?  There are so many reasons people initially learn to dance. Whatever brought you into the studio for the first time might not be the reason that made you fall in love with dance. There are students that …

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7 Habits of Great Dancers

Sway, spin, dip, stretch… There are so many qualities to admire about great dancers: how they carry themselves, how they express themselves, and how effortlessly they move. It requires great discipline and terrific habits to achieve any level of greatness – read below for some quintessential traits exhibited by all talented dancers…   1. Stay consistent Consistency is the key …