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 …

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Partners for Life, Part 2- 4 Tips for a Healthy Relationship

What does everyone think about during Valentine’s Day? Chocolate, candy hearts, flowers, date night, romance and anything to celebrate love. This time of year is dedicated to celebrating anyone that is near and dear to you, even more specifically, your partner. Wouldn’t it be even better if we could experience closeness all year long? As adults, there are so many …

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The Twelve Days of Dance-mas

On the twelfth day of Dance-Mas my teacher gave to me… Twelve Twisting Swings Eleven Waltzing Women Ten Hippy Hustles Nine Naughty Rumbas Eight Mama’s Mambo Seven Salsa’s Spinning Six Sexy Sambas FIIIIIIIVE CLOSED ROUTINES! Four Fans in Tango Three Foxy Trots Two Syncopations And more lessons at Arthur Murray!

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Words of Wisdom: The Keys to an Enjoyable First Dance Lesson

So you’ve signed up for your first dance lesson… Wonderful! Whether you are pursuing Swing, Salsa, Tango, or Cha Cha, here are some things to expect on your first lesson and tips to help you succeed in your dancing! On your first lesson expect to learn lots of things and remember nothing all at the same time! At first, this …

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Tips For A Better Group Class Experience

Tips For A Better Group Class Experience Group classes are one of the many avenues for learning that we provide here at Arthur Murray. For some, this can be scary for your first time and for experienced dancers it may feel somewhat repetitive. Newcomers sometimes worry that they will be the slowest learner in the class or that they will …

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The Best Songs to Feel the Rumba Rhythm

  Rumba is one of the sexiest rhythm dances there is. There are various styles of Afro-Cuban rumba music and dance, but all have strong influences from African drumming. There are so many instruments being played during an authentic Rumba song that can make it hard to figure out what beat you are dancing to. Let’s think of it as …