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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 07/13/2018
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Why You Should Learn Tango

Why You Should Learn Tango   Stand Out — Distinctive music, combined with special footwork, makes any dancer stand out on the floor. Staccato footwork along with fluid body movements makes for a powerful dance, and a powerful, confident statement on the dance floor. Even if you are not looking to be noticed, everyone can appreciate good posture. Musicality — Learning Tango can help you learn about musical phrasing. Have you ever watched a Tango and wondered how they appear to be hitting the accents in the music without knowing the song? Tango trains the ear to understand how music … Continue reading “Why You Should Learn Tango”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 07/10/2018
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Why You Should Learn Cha Cha

Why You Should Learn Cha Cha   Fun — Cha Cha is all about FUN! It is one of the most popular Latin rhythms anywhere you go. Weddings, clubs, cruises, your friends’ backyards — you’ll find it everywhere. Manage A Crowded Floor — It will teach you how to move fast on small dance floors, which, as you can imagine, is a very useful skill to have in your dance repertoire. Rhythm — You learn new syncopated rhythm, characteristic of the dance. “Cha Cha Cha” corresponds to the three fast sounds (often a cowbell) that you can’t resist moving to. … Continue reading “Why You Should Learn Cha Cha”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 06/29/2018
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Why You Should Learn Waltz

Why You Should Learn Waltz   Classic — It is the most classical of dances. Chances are, when you think of Ballroom dancing, you think of the formal balls of period pieces or Disney films. It remains one of the most recognizable, and influential, dances.  Balance & Control — It helps you develop both balance and control. Waltz helps strengthen both your ankle and leg muscles, leading you to become a better dancer all around. Floor Craft — You will learn how to properly navigate a floor. You’ll learn how to use turning figures both left and right, as well … Continue reading “Why You Should Learn Waltz”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 05/29/2018
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An Interview With: Kennedy!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day?   “I really enjoy our dinner time together. Laughing at random videos we come across, telling jokes, and talking about our lives makes it fun!” What do you do for fun when not at Arthur Murray? “I enjoy exploring new places/restaurants. Watching TV shows, relaxing at home, and doing whatever Colleen wants, of course. I’m also guilty of being sucked into the Fortnite craze.”   How did you start dancing? “As a kid, I would step on my mom’s feet as we danced in the kitchen, and there was always … Continue reading “An Interview With: Kennedy!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 05/18/2018
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Dance Is Their Love Language

For Week 2 of our International Spring Festival, Romance is in the air! To celebrate, we interviewed three of our student couples about how dancing has changed their relationships. How did you meet your significant other?  Louie & Odette said: “We were classmates in Chemistry 3 class in College; Louie was in Pre-med; Odette was in Pre-nursing.” Matt & Caitlin said: “Caitlin and I met in our second year of college. We were both pledging a community service fraternity, a process which encouraged us to become, at a minimum, friendly with everyone else joining that semester. I learned that Caitlin … Continue reading “Dance Is Their Love Language”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 04/24/2018
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A Day In The Life: Bailey

Fun fact: I am not a morning person. Thankfully, Arthur Murray has fairly convenient work times for my consciousness schedule. Less thankfully, I have stupidly thick hair and an aversion to blow drying it. So I have to get up to shower in the mornings, anyway. Boo on that. Showering’s the first order of business, since I have to maximize drying time, and like the excuse to stay fairly motionless in a heated setting while my brain comes online. I change back into my pajamas afterward. The longer I can stay in comfy fleecy pajama pants, the closer I as … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Bailey”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 04/10/2018
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Why You Should Dance The Paso Doble!

Paso Doble might not be a dance you immediately think of when you think of Ballroom dance. You might not even be aware it is a Ballroom dance, or perhaps you only think of it as “that dramatic bullfighting one”. While that is not incorrect, you may not see the many reasons you should invest some time in learning about this dance. Paso Doble translates to “double step” in Spanish. It is based heavily upon Spanish bullfighting, but the dance itself originates from France. The upper classes at the time were enamored with the romance and drama of bullfighting, and … Continue reading “Why You Should Dance The Paso Doble!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 03/22/2018
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Dances of the Roarin’ Twenties

The 1920s were an era known for its dramatic attitude — wild, carefree, extravagant, and a party all night long. Prohibition couldn’t stop the speakeasies or debauchery, dance halls featured dance marathons lasting days (or weeks!), and the public didn’t want the party to stop. And what’s a party without dancing? Many dances were popular in the 1920s. Some are still known and beloved today, whereas others have faded into history books. Dancing was the social activity, among all ages and all walks of life. Pre-war dances such as the Waltz and the Tango remained popular, and new dances came … Continue reading “Dances of the Roarin’ Twenties”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 03/13/2018
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A Recap of Our Spring Freestyles 2018

Our 2018 Spring Freestyles was on March 2 and 3, and it was an absolutely amazing time! It was our second year as a two-day event. It was also the first year that Arthur Murray Paoli and Narberth could join us, making for a total of six schools attending, our biggest yet. Curious exactly what a Freestyles event is? Check out our blog post explaining here! In line with the Kings & Queens theme, our Guest Judges were the illustrious Bob and Cynthia Long, of Arthur Murray Albuquerque, the creators of the current Arthur Murray syllabus. Despite having judges, Freestyles … Continue reading “A Recap of Our Spring Freestyles 2018”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 02/27/2018
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Do’s & Don’t’s Of Ballroom Dance Group Class

DON’T’S: DON’T teach other students! Even if there is a difference in skill or experience level, only the instructors are qualified to teach group class. No matter how good your intentions are, it can quickly become a case of the blind leading the blind. DON’T bring your bad attitude to group class. We understand that stressful days happen, and we understand that Arthur Murray is your happy place where you get rid of the stress. So do your best to let go of that bad day and let your mood improve with some good ol’ dance time. DON’T slack off … Continue reading “Do’s & Don’t’s Of Ballroom Dance Group Class”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 02/20/2018
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But What IS Freestyles?

Whether you’ve heard the term from an instructor or another student, or saw it on the calendar, or heard it in an event announcement, or have seen the poster in our studio — we like to talk about our events here, in case it weren’t obvious — you’ve probably heard the term “Freestyles” before. Of course, hearing about something is very different from knowing what it is, so you may still be wondering — what is Freestyles? Think of Freestyles as a mini dance vacation, one or two days long. You get to spend as much time as possible dancing, as … Continue reading “But What IS Freestyles?”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 01/16/2018
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An Interview With: Chris!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day? “Of the Arthur Murray day, my favorite part would have to be the end of it – not because it is over, but because I have had the chance, nay, the privilege to interact with and teach so many students from all different walks of life and know that I, as well as our entire studio, has made a positive impact on their day and life.”   What do you do for fun when not at Arthur Murray?  “I spend what little spare time I have between work and practice … Continue reading “An Interview With: Chris!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 01/02/2018
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A Day In The Life: Kennedy

I start my day by waking up to wet kisses from my cute, furry friend. She usually snuggles up right by MY side for a while until I get up. Once I’m up, I like to hit the ground running by setting my priorities straight and heading downstairs to make a cup of coffee for Colleen and myself – then the day may begin. I’ll iron and shower, and on the way out, I’ll grab food that I cooked myself the night before to have for dinner at the studio. As we begin our journey to the studio, we make … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Kennedy”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 12/21/2017
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A Recap of the Fourth Annual Murray Awards!

On Friday, December 15th, we celebrated our fourth annual Murray Awards! It is our end of year Student Appreciation Party and it was a great success! Despite the dreary weather, we welcomed students of both Arthur Murray Cranford and Arthur Murray Hillsborough into our Cranford studio. Both studios are owned by franchisees Danila and Nuria Kartashov. It was an exciting time to have students from both studios in one place for such a grand affair. The event was catered, with tables set out for students and staff to enjoy dinner together. Students excitedly dressed to the nines to show off … Continue reading “A Recap of the Fourth Annual Murray Awards!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 12/12/2017
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An Interview With: Colleen!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day? “When I make my student smile because they love what they do and they realize that they CAN do it.”   What do you do for fun when not at Arthur Murray? “I catch up on my favorite TV shows and series, while snuggling with my pup.”   How did you start dancing? “I always loved dancing. When I was young, I used to put on shows for my mom. I started professionally after meeting Kennedy and got offered the job. I knew it would be perfect for me.”   … Continue reading “An Interview With: Colleen!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 11/29/2017
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A Day In The Life: Val

Most days are pretty routine for me, with a tight schedule and a lot of structure. I wake up between 9 and 10am, depending on if I need to run any errands, like picking up dry cleaning or shopping for food for the Friday night Practice Sessions. My morning routine includes an ab workout, a hot shower, breakfast, and packing work clothes and anything else I might need for the day. I’m out the door around 10:45am to make it to practice by 11:30am. Lance and I go through our basic routines, technique, and open professional routines every day. One … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Val”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 11/14/2017
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An Interview With: Kate!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day?  “Teaching! Which happens all day so I can’t pinpoint a time. I love the atmosphere when the studio is full of students achieving their dance dreams.”   What do you do for fun when not at Arthur Murray? “I think I live here. But if I had to say, building legos and puzzles.”   How did you start dancing? “When I was 14, the first ballroom studio opened in my small hometown. I walked in and never left.”   How did you find Arthur Murray? “I was nearing the end … Continue reading “An Interview With: Kate!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 10/31/2017
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A Day In The Life: Chris

The room is dark, sunlight creeps through the windows and leaves trails of light along the floor and walls, the smell of fresh air seeps through the windows towards the bed, and Mr. Pinky head butts me, then cuddles up providing the warmth only a cute little animal can bring. I am awoken. Okay that sounds way cooler than it really is. I really just wake up, endure the hustle and bustle of the morning as I collect my clothes, brush my teeth, and head out the door to practice with Kate, cliff bar in hand as I drive us … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Chris”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 10/17/2017
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An Interview With: Val!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day?  “Seeing everyone’s smiling faces! And getting to dance, of course!”   What do you do for fun when not at Arthur Murray?  “In the small amount of free time I have outside of the studio, I enjoy sewing, rhinestoning, going to the beach, going social dancing when the opportunity comes up, and going on random adventures with my closest friends.”   How did you start dancing? “I started dancing as a kid. Whenever there was music on, I would dance around the house, so my parents enrolled me in ballet … Continue reading “An Interview With: Val!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 10/10/2017
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What To Expect: Coming In For Your First Lesson

So you decided you want to dance at Arthur Murray! Whether you’re preparing for an event, want a new date night idea with your partner, are interested in exercising in a fun way, or just want to pick up an old (or new!) hobby, there’s a million and one reasons people begin dance lessons, and we’re so glad you’ve decided to start with us. You’ve called and spoken to our New Student Director, and have your complimentary first lesson scheduled… But now what? It might be exciting or nerve-wracking to take that first step, but there’s nothing scary about a … Continue reading “What To Expect: Coming In For Your First Lesson”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 10/05/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 6: Progress, Partners, and Pinball

New to our review series? Start here! And our previous episode is here. Episode six of Welcome To The Ballroom brings us Tatara and Mako’s practice in earnest. They’ve officially announced themselves as partners—and so have Gaju and Shizuku. Well, Gaju goes a step forward and optimistically outlines his new dance life with Shizuku from their next official competition up until their future marriage. This week’s episode is largely dedicated to plot advancement. However, there are some more explanations of some facets of dancing, and it does also introduce Quickstep to the audience. It’s a flashy, quick dance, full of … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 6: Progress, Partners, and Pinball”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 09/26/2017
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A Day In The Life: Colleen

I start my day by waking up with wet kisses from my furry little friend. I usually snuggle up with her for a bit until I get up. I’ll roll out of bed around 9 or 9.30am. First thing I do is take a shower. Next, I start my beauty routine. I sit on the floor in my room in front of a large mirror. My pup Sophie always sits right next to me the entire time. Next, I do my hair as quickly as possible, before heading to the closet to pick my outfit for the day. In this … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Colleen”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 09/22/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 5: Good Leading Is Now A Superpower

New to our review series? Start here! And our previous episode is here. We’re back with Welcome To The Ballroom, and we’re kicking off a new arc within the show to match. At the end of episode 4, a newcomer literally ran into Tatara in her haste to warn Shizuku. In this episode, we find out what she actually meant. With Kiyoharu injured and not dancing, this leaves Shizuku without a practice partner. Enter the Akagi siblings: Gaku, the elder brother, and Mako, the little sister. Gaku declares that with Kiyoharu “dead”, he will become Shizuku’s new partner, leaving his … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 5: Good Leading Is Now A Superpower”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 09/14/2017
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Arthur Murray Dance Center of Hillsborough Grand Opening!

On Friday, September 8th, Team Arthur Murray Kartashov officially held the Grand Opening of their new location in Hillsborough, New Jersey. With food, drinks, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and, of course, a lot of dancing, it was a grand affair as students and staff of both Cranford and Hillsborough locations came to help celebrate. Hillsborough Township did its part to welcome Arthur Murray as well. Several prominent members of the city, including Mayor Carl Suraci and Business Advocate David Kois, joined the celebrations and helped cut the red ribbon with franchise owners Danila and Nuria Kartashov. “A big thank you to … Continue reading “Arthur Murray Dance Center of Hillsborough Grand Opening!”

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  • 09/05/2017
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An Interview With: Lance!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day? “I love teaching the students and helping them achieve their dance goals!”   What do you do for fun when not at Arthur Murray? “Topgolf and finding new places to eat. Golf is my stress relief.”   How did you start dancing? “I started dancing in high school because a friend thought she needed a partner to try out for the Ballroom Dance Team, so she bribed me with dinner.”   How did you find Arthur Murray? “Kate facebook messaged me.”   What’s your favorite dance? “International Foxtrot! I also … Continue reading “An Interview With: Lance!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 09/02/2017
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Theater Showcase “Around the World”

Arthur Murray Cranford and Hillsborough celebrated following the final curtain for their annual fundraiser showcase on August 12. This year, owners Danila and Nuria Kartashov supported the Sunshine Kids. The non-profit organization helps children with cancer by providing positive group activities and emotional support. Most students spend months preparing routines. Diane, a newer student at Cranford, said the show exceeded her expectations. “It was far superior than what I had envisioned. So professional. No detail, from costuming, lights, and jewelry was left out.” She felt proud to be a part of the Arthur Murray family’s gesture to help the cause. … Continue reading “Theater Showcase “Around the World””

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 08/29/2017
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A Day In The Life: Kate

If you have spent any time around me, you probably know that my life revolves around dance. Before work, during work, on the weekends, in the swimming pool, at airports – it doesn’t matter where. So a typical day in my life is dance. So rather than take you through my typical day, from about 9 in the morning to 10 at night full of dance and some food, I’ve got a day in my vacation *gasp* life for you. If I don’t have to wake up in the morning, I don’t. Or I do, and I lounge in bed. … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Kate”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 08/25/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 4: A Dancer’s Passion

New to our review series? Start here! And our previous episode is here. Episode four of Welcome To The Ballroom brings the passion. It does this, of course, with the first Tango we see in the series. (What else would suffice?) The competition continues, and Kiyoharu confronts Tatara about dancing with Shizuku in his place. Initially unbeknownst to the rest of the cast, this lights a fire within Kiyoharu, and despite his injuries, he takes the floor once more for their Tango heat. The series then takes an interesting stance on what makes a good dance. Kiyoharu has always been … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 4: A Dancer’s Passion”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 08/23/2017
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What to Expect: Calling Arthur Murray For The First Time

Everyone gets the same high end service when you call the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Even if you’ve called our number by accident, which, we all know, you didn’t accidentally call. Pure joy – You might be able to see the smiles on our faces while we talk to you, whether you are speaking with our receptionist, teachers, or owners. All of us are genuinely excited you have chosen Arthur Murray assist you on your dance journey, no matter what stage you are in. Hold please – After getting your name and number (the phone has been known to disconnect!), … Continue reading “What to Expect: Calling Arthur Murray For The First Time”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 08/01/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 3: From the Studio to the Competition Floor!

New to our review series? Start here! And our previous episode is here. With episode 3 of Welcome To The Ballroom, we have some time passing, and with that comes some clear dancing progress, too. Tatara’s teachers declare that his Waltz is “perfect”, and there is much rejoicing—and also many, many comparisons of his dancing to various animals. (The newborn fawn was a good one; it can definitely feel like you’re wobbling around on fawn legs after a long day of dancing!) Of course, while Tatara is happy with his new Waltzing prowess, after heading to the next competition to … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 3: From the Studio to the Competition Floor!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 07/25/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 2: Dancer See, Dancer Do!

New to our review series? Start here! With the second episode of Welcome to the Ballroom, we meet more characters, learn about different styles of teaching and learning, and get to see our first competition. It’s a lot to take in, but it does a wonderful job of highlighting not only the thrill of ballroom dancing, but also the hard work that it demands. Hard work seems like it’s going to be a big feature of this series. (As well it should be, considering its subject matter!) After spending the first episode practicing the Waltz box until his feet were … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 2: Dancer See, Dancer Do!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 07/22/2017
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A Day In The Life: Lance

Around 7:30am, I wake up. At 8, I have breakfast – usually Raisin Bran Crunch and 2 scrambled eggs, and I eat on the coach while surfing Netflix. No rush to the day yet. At 9, I workout. This is usually 20 – 30 minutes of cardio, followed by weights. Afterward is a shower and then actually getting ready for the day. I prepare a quick lunch before, usually a protein or green smoothie to have at the studio later. At 11, I leave for the studio, and get there at 11:30. First up is practice time with Val. Whether … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Lance”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 07/19/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 1: He Spent HOW LONG Doing the Waltz Box?

For anyone who watches anime, you’ve probably already heard of Ballroom e Youkoso (Welcome to the Ballroom) getting an anime adaptation. That’s a fairly niche audience, however, even counting those who grew up in the Pokemon heyday of the 90s. And what is “anime”, for those outside that niche audience? Anime is Japanese animated shows or movies. Movies such as Akira or My Neighbor Totoro are anime, as are television shows like Sailor Moon, Gundam, or yes, even Pokemon. Anime isn’t a genre, but a medium, so it means many different kinds of stories can be told—including Welcome to the … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 1: He Spent HOW LONG Doing the Waltz Box?”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 07/10/2017
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What Happens If I Have To Cancel?

Sometimes, despite your instructor’s best efforts to accommodate any schedule, life will get in the way. And that’s okay. So what do you do when life happens? First, please call the studio and let your instructor know what is going on – whether you need to reschedule or are just running late. Think of the last time you had a salon or doctor’s appointment. Sometimes, they require some form of deposit to hold the time slot for you. In the event you had to cancel, you wouldn’t just skip your appointment, and lose your deposit, you would call and reschedule. … Continue reading “What Happens If I Have To Cancel?”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 06/27/2017
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A Day In The Life: Alexis

A typical weekday starts the night before with a relaxing shower, after which my hair has the whole night to naturally dry in all its thick, curly glory. I wake up at 9am and begin my day with some sort of breakfast; eggs and Taylor ham are usually the go-to. Afterwards I venture back upstairs to begin the ever-wondrous beauty routine. Step 1 includes brushing and blow-drying the mane I call hair. Step 2 entails some sort of hair hot tool. I’ve found that titanium-plated hair straighteners work best on thick or coarse hair. Now, mind you, this entire process … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Alexis”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 06/23/2017
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Boston DOR 2017: “What a wonderful competition!” Part 2

Dancing continues on Saturday with the open category. For this division, teachers and dancers are not limited to syllabus material. Many let loose on the floor, whether executing well rehearsed choreography or adding their own special touch to the moves. Recognizing the desire for an environment more suited for social dancing, Arthur Murray now includes club-style events. Rather than looking for perfect footwork and frame, adjudicators want to see a strong connection between the dancers – as if the two of them just met and spontaneously danced! Debbie Ford, Jim’s wife, danced in the country division with her instructor, Kennedy. … Continue reading “Boston DOR 2017: “What a wonderful competition!” Part 2”

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  • 06/20/2017
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Boston DOR 2017: “What a wonderful competition!” Part 1

Each year in early summer, Cranford and Hillsborough travel up the coast with a team of students to attend the Boston Dance-O-Rama. This year’s team included: Eric Adams, Jerry and Jennifer Cerulli,  Jim and Debbie Ford, Kerry Francis, Wedlyne Pluviose, and Lynn Rabadeau. Located in Quincy, BDOR entices Arthur Murray studios from across the North American continent for four days full of camaraderie, spirited cheering, sparkles galore – and plenty of dancing. This year, BDOR kicked off with a Grease themed early arrival party on Thursday. The Cranford Pink Ladies and T-Birds met up with other studios for a night … Continue reading “Boston DOR 2017: “What a wonderful competition!” Part 1”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 06/16/2017
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Newsome Twosome – Let’s Celebrate!

Congratulations! You’ve just started your dance adventure by becoming a Bronze 1 student. We want to celebrate with a Newsome Twosome. Every new student who joins Arthur Murray Cranford has the privilege of dancing in a Newsome Twosome on the last Monday of every month during the practice party. Those dancing have all just begun their dance adventure  and often have no more than ten lessons under their belt. You will not be on the floor alone (yet!), but will be joined by your instructors and fellow new students for a full minute of dancing. As most students start with … Continue reading “Newsome Twosome – Let’s Celebrate!”

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  • 06/02/2017
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An Interview With: Keenan!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day? “My favorite part of the Arthur Murray day is teaching lessons. I love sharing and teaching about the thing I love so much.” What do you do for fun when not at Arthur Murray? “I like to play xbox to distress. I also like to do outdoor things, like dirt biking, hiking, camping, etc.”   How did you start dancing? “I started dancing in elementary school, after seeing my friend dance. I thought it would be fun, and a good way to meet girls.”   How did you find Arthur … Continue reading “An Interview With: Keenan!”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 06/01/2017
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An Interview With: Laura!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day? “Dinner is an exciting hour in the day to be able to get together with the staff to eat and chat! It is great to have time during a work day to have this. Most of all dinner builds camaraderie and being like a family. My favorite part of my day is being a part of the Practice Party. This really is such a party! There is constant dancing, but most importantly we are having the most fun ever. And again sharing the love of dance on the dance floor … Continue reading “An Interview With: Laura!”

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  • 05/31/2017
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An Interview With: Alexis!

What is your favorite part of the Arthur Murray day? “I’m not sure I can say I have a single favorite part but I do have a favorite aspect, and that’s the camaraderie and respect that fills the studio from the moment you peer through the glass doors.”   What do you do for fun when not at Arthur Murray? “When I’m not at Arthur Murray, I am typically enjoying my days with my family, finding new places for good eats, and the occasional shopping trip.”   How did you start dancing? “I started dancing at the age of 3 … Continue reading “An Interview With: Alexis!”

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  • 05/30/2017
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A Day In The Life: Keenan

I wake up at 8:00am to a motivational video as my alarm, and head straight to the gym. There, I do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight lifting and/or plyometric workout. Around 9:00 I head home and eat 3 eggs and half a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast, I do everything I need to do to get ready for the day – it usually takes about an hour. Then I have from 10-11 to do whatever I need to get into the right headspace for the day. Sometimes I read, sometimes I play video games, … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Keenan”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 05/23/2017
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Your First Group Class

Arthur Murray studios take great pride in creating strong social dancers. Their secret? The three part teaching system: personal lessons, group classes, and practice parties. Part of the reason people choose Arthur Murray is the unparalleled service offered on your personal lesson. It is a semi-private, comforting environment for you to learn the finer points of dancing. But more often than not, learning to dance is not the hardest part – socializing is. Before attending your first practice party, we recommend the newcomer group class as your first taste of social dancing. The objective of the class is to get … Continue reading “Your First Group Class”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 05/11/2017
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Why Do I Have To Do A Spotlight?

No matter where you are on your dance journey, your dance guru will eventually bring up the S word. After the dramatic music fades from the background and you’ve recovered from the shock, you find your name next to your instructors name, dancing Rumba, on a page entitled “MJ vs Madonna Spotlight Party”. How did it get there? During the blackout period, your instructor gave you very specific reasons as to what a spotlight is and why they want you to do this one. It’s not that you weren’t listening, because we know you treasure every word – but anything … Continue reading “Why Do I Have To Do A Spotlight?”

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Graffiti Busters Washington
  • 05/04/2017
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Winning Arthur Murray Swag: A Beginner’s Guide To IDF

Even if you are new to Arthur Murray, you know we like to party. Each spring we amp up the party during an Arthur Murray worldwide bonanza called International Dance Festival. International Dance Festival is an international competition between all 280+ studios. The objective is to increase student involvement in the studio; what better way than to throw theme parties and special classes?! As a student, you earn points for your studio with everything you do, such as: sponsoring your teacher, taking a lesson, attending a group class or party, having a coaching lesson – or sharing this blog. But, … Continue reading “Winning Arthur Murray Swag: A Beginner’s Guide To IDF”

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  • 04/25/2017
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A Day In The Life: Laura

I wake up at 7:00 and get ready for the gym, and I work out for an hour from 7:30 to 8:30. Working out is one of my favorite times! I love working out! Keenan tags along and usually does his own work out. But it has made such a difference because we challenge each other, but also encourage and support each other too! At 8:30 I get ready for the day and by 9:00 I go make breakfast. I eat a balanced meal of 3 eggs and oatmeal. From this meal I get protein and healthy starch that jumpstarts … Continue reading “A Day In The Life: Laura”

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  • 04/18/2017
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How It Works: Coaching Lessons

We just ran a blog recently about the importance of team teaching and exchange lessons, and this week’s blog can seem repetitive if you don’t understand what exactly a guest coaching lesson is, or what it offers you as a student. Rest assured, there is a difference! Think of a coaching as hiring a certified consultant to give you advice, like on your taxes. As an expert in their field, a CPA provides you with the best way to get the most money back. Traveling dance consultants work in a similar way. They are the leading experts in dance – … Continue reading “How It Works: Coaching Lessons”

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  • 04/11/2017
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6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Lessons

Your personal lessons are the backbone of your dance education. They’re the part that are totally tailored to you and your dancing. You’ll want to maximize their impact, so we’ve put together some helpful tips & tricks for you below for just how you can get the most out of your personal lessons. Arrive early. Getting here early ensures you have plenty of time to change your shoes and grab a drink for your lesson. You could even grab your book and glance over your instructor’s lesson plan so you know what’s in store for you that day. Warm up … Continue reading “6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Lessons”

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  • 04/07/2017
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It Takes A Village… (To Raise A Dancer)

Team Teaching – regardless of whether you’ve been a student for awhile or are brand new to Arthur Murray, team teaching is vital for your dance growth. But what is that, you may be asking. Think of it as co-teaching in school: for a set time period, you are going to learn from someone else! Your faculty has two parts, your lead teachers and in-class support. We use the same kind of system here for your dance education. Your lead teacher is in charge of planning your lessons every time you come into the studio, and your in-class support carries … Continue reading “It Takes A Village… (To Raise A Dancer)”

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  • 04/04/2017
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7 Reasons Why Practice Parties Aren’t Scary, They’re Your New Best Friend

“Move your hips more!” Club style dances — Salsa, Bachata, Country, or Merengue — look best when the hips are relaxed. When you are at a practice session, you can focus on fluid, continued movement. “New steps!” Variety keeps both the leader and follower engaged. Syllabus steps are great! But sometimes you can feel limited. By never stopping while you are at a party, you will start to create your own feel for creativity. “Connect with your partner more!” When you are in the studio with your instructor, we work on a very nice BIG frame. It is very rare … Continue reading “7 Reasons Why Practice Parties Aren’t Scary, They’re Your New Best Friend”

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  • 03/31/2017
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The First Steps To Your First Dance

Congratulations – you’re getting married! It’s a big step to take, and it’ll be full of fun, excitement, and plenty of new things… and maybe some apprehension. Wedding plans have a lot of working parts, after all, and everything may seem like it’s happening at once. But not to fret, because we’re here with good news for you: your wedding dance plans don’t have to be another thing to agonize over. Our wedding specialists will help you every step of the way, regardless of how much you do or don’t know about dancing; trust us, we have the experience of … Continue reading “The First Steps To Your First Dance”

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  • 03/28/2017
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Welcome Keenan & Laura!

Keenan and Laura Smout are the newest members of Team Arthur Murray Kartashov, and we’re incredibly excited to have them join us! They will become instructors at our Arthur Murray Hillsborough location when it opens this spring. Until then, we’ll have them in our Cranford studio to allow everyone to meet them and work with them. Keenan grew up in American Fork, Utah, the third of four children — all sisters. He played piano and soccer before dancing took over his life at age 10. After high school, he received a scholarship for dance from Brigham Young University. Since graduating, … Continue reading “Welcome Keenan & Laura!”

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  • 02/03/2017
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Dancing For The New Year

It’s a new year, which means a bright new feel to everything. It’s an excellent time to think about what you want in the new future of your life, both short term and long term. Of course, that leads to one of the most popular New Year’s traditions: New Year’s resolutions. There is no wrong time to start with a life change, but sometimes an outside influence is best to spur someone onward, and January especially can feel like a fresh new leaf everyone is eager to turn over. Learning a new skill for a new year is always an … Continue reading “Dancing For The New Year”

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  • 01/25/2017
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Third Annual Murray Awards Celebration A Huge Success!

December 16th marked our third annual Murray Awards celebration! The banquet event was held in our Cranford dance studio, beginning at 7 p.m. It was catered with delicious food, so our many guests were sure to bring their appetites! We hold the Murray Awards as a thank you to our students for their loyalty and commitment. The party celebrates YOU! Every year, it is an excellent opportunity to get dressed to the nines, celebrate with your fellow students, and see who has won the variety of awards we give out. This year we gave out a wide assortment of awards. … Continue reading “Third Annual Murray Awards Celebration A Huge Success!”

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  • 01/12/2017
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New Year’s Resolution Guest Party at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford

The end of 2016 is nearly upon us! The holidays are winding down, the days are beginning to get longer, and people are looking back over their New Year’s Resolutions—some with pride, some with amusement, some with exasperation, and some with a last bolt of panic. The good news for everyone who’s wanted to learn new moves this year: Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford is hosting one last Guest Party before the year is up! The theme is Near Year’s Resolution, so it’s perfect for anyone who has wanted to learn a new skill, get a little exercise, become … Continue reading “New Year’s Resolution Guest Party at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford”

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  • 12/05/2016
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Four Reasons Not to Miss the Medal Ball

The team at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford is excited to invite you to the Medal Ball! This year it will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be graduation freestyle performances, solo routines, professional show numbers, great music, food, fun, and lots of dancing. Those are the easy facts, but why should you attend? Here are four reasons to persuade you. Your teacher wouldn’t ask you to dance if they didn’t think you were ready. The dance studio instructors are proud of what you’ve … Continue reading “Four Reasons Not to Miss the Medal Ball”

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  • 11/22/2016
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A Recap From the Fall Freestyles 2016 Event

If you have spent much time in the studio, you have probably heard about the Freestyles showcase. It’s an event the dance studio hosts in partnership with other studios in Montclair and Princeton during the spring and fall. It’s a full day of dancing for staff and students alike, complete with professional shows, a banquet, and a theme of the day. The Fall Freestyles, held on October 16th, was a huge success! For students Ira and Alex Augenzucker, it was their first Freestyles event. “It was a blast. We have not had the opportunity to actually dance with so many … Continue reading “A Recap From the Fall Freestyles 2016 Event”

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  • 07/15/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Etiquette Of The Ballroom (Part 4)

Part three found here. Night Club Dancing So far, we have discussed private dancing parties. A restaurant, featuring dancing, is quite different. Here your only obligation is to the people of your own party. A cut-in from a stranger should never be accepted… nor should it be offered. A man should avoid leaving his date alone at the table unless it is really necessary. Otherwise, she may be subjected to unwelcome attention. Most restaurant and night club dance floors are tiny in size. So, in consideration of your partner and your neighbors, you should avoid complicated steps. Dance simply and … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Etiquette Of The Ballroom (Part 4)”

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  • 07/08/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Etiquette Of The Ballroom (Part 3)

Part Two found here. Conversation This is a matter of personality but there are general rules of good manners to consider. The first taboo is don’t argue! Dancing is a partnership that depends on accord. Two people cannot move as one and enjoy the rhythm of the music together unless they feel harmonious toward each other. So, avoid subjects that might breed discord; such as politics, religion, school elections, and so on. Even when you discuss songs or bands, remember that the sweetest words ever spoken are: “I think you’re right!” There are some people who cannot talk as they … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Etiquette Of The Ballroom (Part 3)”

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  • 06/24/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Etiquette Of The Ballroom (Part 2)

Part one found here. There is a right and wrong way to ask a lady to dance. It puts her in an awkward spot if you say: “Have you the next dance taken?” What girl wants to admit that her dances are not taken! Instead, say: “May I have the next dance?” Don’t forget this… it holds true for all invitations. It is more polite to say: “Will you go dancing with me on Friday night?” …than to tactlessly say: “What are you doing on Friday night?” See the difference? At the end of each dance, a man must always … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Etiquette Of The Ballroom (Part 2)”

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  • 06/17/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Etiquette Of The Ballroom (Part 1)

Many people seem to shy away from the word “etiquette”. It has an old-fashioned sound. But etiquette, after all, is merely the practical application of good common sense and attractive manners. Ballroom dancing is a partnership and group activity and so it concerns other people beside yourself. There is never any excuse for faulty manners that might affect or react on others. A popular member of a dancing group is considerate—and shows regard for the comfort and pleasure of partners, a hostess, and the other guests. Once you have accepted an invitation to a dance, you have automatically agreed to … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Etiquette Of The Ballroom (Part 1)”

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  • 06/10/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Express Your Personality In Your Dancing!

In a whole roomful of dancers, did you ever spot one person whom you wished could be your partner? You’ll notice that it isn’t appearance alone that attracts you. There is another quality that draws your attention like a magnet. Call it “charm”—or “personality”… however you describe it, it shows in everything you do. You can develop that extra something that will make your dancing personality colorful, attractive. It’s easy, once you know the tricks that will do it. First of all, accent your dancing! Give it highlights. Accent in dancing is a great deal like accent in speaking. A … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Express Your Personality In Your Dancing!”

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  • 06/03/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Exercises To Improve Your Dancing (Part 3)

Part Two found here. Exercise 6 Do your knees crra-ack as you bend? You can oil them with his exercise—it’s mean to overcome stiff knee joints. It will help you to take smooth dancing steps, rather than the jerky movements of a beginner. To begin: stand up straight in a natural position. Take a long forward step with your right foot and place the weight on that foot. Bend the right knee and keeping your body erect, bend down as far as possible. Not so easy? The results will be worth it—try again. After bending, rise and resume your standing … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Exercises To Improve Your Dancing (Part 3)”

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  • 05/27/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Exercises To Improve Your Dancing (Part 2)

Part One found here. Exercise 3 If you find it difficult to keep your balance during this exercise, don’t be discouraged—it merely proves that you need the practice. It will come easily after a few tries. This is glamour training—it will develop supple muscles in your diaphragm and waistline. Stand with your heels together, and your hands held loosely at your sides. Step sideways on your right foot to the right, and draw your left foot behind the right. At the same time, bring your arms and hands up over your head. Sway to the right. Then step with your … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Exercises To Improve Your Dancing (Part 2)”

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  • 05/20/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Exercises To Improve Your Dancing (Part 1)

At every newsstand you will find books of instructions for playing tennis, golf, swimming, and so on. This information is easy to read and digest—but do you feel that you could perform these muscular activities just by knowing about them? Dancing deals with the muscles, too. You can pick up steps just by watching them—or reading their description… but you will have your knowledge in your head only. Your feet and your body cannot respond to your will and desire alone—your muscles must first be trained to obey your command. Men who want to be good dancers must learn only … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Exercises To Improve Your Dancing (Part 1)”

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  • 05/13/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Dancing Don’ts

Don’t start off on the wrong foot! The man always starts with his left foot—the girl with her right. Easy? Sure, if you know your left from your right… do you? Don’t, ladies, oh don’t hang your full weight on your partner’s arm… he can’t dance for both of you. You’re a big girl now—balance on your own two feet and support your own weight. If you can’t, then stay home and take your vitamins. Don’t, brother, don’t walk forward all the time. Your girl friend will get mighty tired of backing up all evening. Try strolling backward for five … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Dancing Don’ts”

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  • 05/06/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: The Secret Of Good Balance

Good balance is the ability to maintain your equilibrium easily, lightly. If you have ever noticed a small child, toddling about, you have seen that it takes times before a steady, upright walk is achieved. We learn to balance our weight through practice. Before we go on, supposing you try this simple balance test. Place your weight on the toes of one foot, raising the other foot off the floor several inches, either forward or backward. Do you feel as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar? Most people cannot hold this pose, without wavering, for more than a few seconds. … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: The Secret Of Good Balance”

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  • 04/29/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How To Achieve Perfect Carriage

It is annoying to be told to “stand up straight”. Yet, we all envy the appearance of those with good posture. When a person wants to look his best, they automatically lifts their head and stand tall and erect. There is no trick to achieving perfect carriage—it’s easy to learn. Then, once it becomes a habit, it is yours forever. An army man needs no uniform to display his soldierly bearing. Through practice, he has developed fine posture. You can tell at a glance that he’s a military man. Dancing, like military training, accustoms the body to fall in line, … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How To Achieve Perfect Carriage”

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  • 04/22/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How To Be Graceful

This is not meant for ladies only. Watch a tennis player, swimmer, skater—even a boxer—and you will realize that men can be graceful, too. To be graceful means to move lightly and without effort. We are not born with this ability; it comes only through training and strengthening the muscles. When you train to gain muscular control, your movements must be exaggerated at the start. A football player, who wants to be able to kick a ball accurately, at the height of his waist, practices until he can kick as high as his head. Then the lower distance seems so … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How To Be Graceful”

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  • 04/15/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: DON’Ts For Beginners

Don’t be afraid of your partner! For Men: girls want to be launched… they want to step out on the floor with a partner. That’s why they dress up for dances. You may not be a Fred Astaire, but you’re a mighty welcome sight to the girl you choose. She’s willing to go your way… so don’t grip her like a boa constrictor—she wants to stay with you! Use about as firm a grip as you would if you were helping her down a bus step—or across the street. That’s firm enough! For Ladies: Don’t grip him so hard that … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: DON’Ts For Beginners”

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  • 04/08/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: 6 Helpful Hints For Little Ladies

Little ladies often complain about their lack of height—but they never remember the advantages they have. Just think of it—no partner is ever the wrong size… men of all sizes are possible partners. Even the smallest girl, whose vision is bounded by vest buttons, can be a comfortable, adjustable partner to a six-foot-plus. Here are confidential hints to pint-sizers: Train yourself to dance on the tips of your toes instead of balancing your weight on the soles of your feet. Practice this, at home and alone, until you can stretch and reach smoothly. Always imagine that you are trying to … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: 6 Helpful Hints For Little Ladies”

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  • 04/01/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How Tall Women Can Appear Smaller

One characteristic that is admired in American girls is their height and fine bearing. Whereas most short girls yearn to be taller—few tall girls would trade places with them. Tall girls should be proud of their size… they should remember that models, who are selected for beauty of appearance, are always well above average height. However, short men do avoid dancing with girls who tower above them. They are afraid of looking insignificant and comic—even when they secretly admire the girl’s appearance. Tall girls can be smart—they can seem shorter to partners whenever they choose. Here are two pointers that … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How Tall Women Can Appear Smaller”

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  • 03/25/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How To Follow

I once met a girl who was very unhappy. She said to me: “I don’t understand it, Mr. Murray, boys never cut-in on me but I know I can dance—why, I can follow anyone.” I dance with her and found that she could follow, provided that I led her in the few simple steps with which she was familiar. As soon as I attempted anything more advanced, she was at a complete loss. I asked her: “Do most of your partners do these same steps I’ve been doing with you?” “Why yes,” she said. “That’s exactly the way they dance.” … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How To Follow”

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  • 03/18/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Leading Can Help A Lady’s Dancing!

If you are like most girls and women, you will be shocked when you read this… “To be a better dancer, learn to lead!” But, here’s a simple test that may help to convince you. Think back to the girls you knew at school. Select those girls who were in demand at every dance—the girls who had plenty of “cut-ins”, who were never wallflowers. Now, think it over… weren’t they the ones who could lead the other girls as partners? I first hit upon this theory many years ago. The idea of teaching girls to lead was completely contrary to … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Leading Can Help A Lady’s Dancing!”

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  • 03/12/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: The Secrets of Leading

The dance floor is the one place where the fairer sex prefers to remain submissive. Girls expect their partners to set the pace—to choose and direct the steps. All that they ask of you is a definite indication of where you are heading. To give this definite indication, a man must first be clearly certain of just what he does want to do. If he is not sure of himself, how can he expect a partner to be able to follow him? There is no short-cut to good leading… it takes a definite, well defined knowledge of the steps. So, … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: The Secrets of Leading”

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  • 02/26/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How to Judge Character by Dancing

Want to play a new game on “How To Judge Character”? Just watch ‘em dance—they give themselves away. Here are some clues to get you started… There are those who love themselves—can you spot them? They point their toes too gracefully and meticulously, stepping very carefully indeed. And why shouldn’t they take good care of the ten little tootsies that are theirs! The “cuddly couples” are fun to watch—unless you’re related to them! Dance floor petters never outgrow the urge. You can put bells on their toes and wedding rings on their fingers—they’ll still cuddle! Here’s one of the masculine … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: How to Judge Character by Dancing”

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  • 02/19/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: More Tips For Holding Your Partner!

Hints for the Man There is a logical reason for a man’s left arm to be extended while he dances. It is held out so as to avoid collisions with other couples as you dance by. But, your arm does not have to extend as rigidly and inflexibly as a bumper—nor does your elbow have to be held at an uncomfortably sharp angle. Simply hold the girl’s hand lightly but firmly, with your left arm in an easy, graceful curve. As you dance, look over the girl’s right shoulder. By holding your partner directly in front of you or a … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: More Tips For Holding Your Partner!”

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  • 02/12/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Tips To Hold Your Partner

There is nothing mysterious about “how to hold your partner” in dancing. Your position should be guided by comfort, common sense, and convention—and that is all there is to it. Outside of a few eccentric crazes like the Bunny Hug, Charleston, Black Bottom, and so on, position in ballroom dancing hasn’t changed appreciably in the past 30 years. Youngsters have always had fads in their dancing style. One year you may find young girls leaving their right arms outstretched, palms up—as though feeling for raindrops. By the next season they will have forgotten that fad and will adopt another distinctive … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Tips To Hold Your Partner”

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  • 02/05/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Tips To Keeping Time

You Can Learn To Keep Time! People sometimes like to brag about their deficiencies. They will say, proudly: “I have terrible handwriting” …or… “I have no memory—I can never think of a person’s name.” In the studio, we often hear this said: “But, I can’t carry a tune on a bet!” The ability to carry a tune is not a necessary factor in learning to dance. To dance, you must simply be able to keep time to the music. And if you can march to band music—you can keep time to dance music. The unfortunate belief that they have “no … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Tips To Keeping Time”

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  • 01/29/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: The Importance Of Knowing Steps As A Follower

Why Girls Too Must Know The Steps Whenever I hear a woman say: “All I need is a good leader”… I know that she is probably a poor dancer and that partners steer clear of her. “Leading” must be a misleading word—so many girls confuse it with “dragging”! The leader is merely the one who chooses the steps and guides his partner into them. But, unless his partner is alert and ready to dance with him, she becomes a tag-along, an extra weight to be carried around. A girl cannot dance with her partner until she knows what she is … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: The Importance Of Knowing Steps As A Follower”

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  • 01/19/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Walking Tips

How To Walk Correctly In Dancing There is never any reason to fear that you and your partner may falter or stumble at the beginning of a dance. Simply remember that a man always starts with his left foot… the girl, facing him, starts with her right foot. Most men start each dance by walking forward, left foot first. So girls can be prepared and ready to walk backward, right foot first. When You Dance: Lift your feet slightly off the floor in all walking steps. Never let them scrape or drag on the floor. When you walk backward, never … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Walking Tips”

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  • 01/08/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Good Dancers Are Popular!

Stop and think a moment—do you know anyone who is a good dancer who is not outstandingly popular? I doubt that you do. And that is the main reason why people want to be good dancers. There is nothing so thrilling in life as to be popular with friends and sought after as a companion. It’s Fun To Dance! It’s easy to understand why good dancers are in demand. Just watch any crowd on a ballroom floor. Those who can dance well look happy—they seem in tune with the gaiety and music. Not only are they enjoying themselves, but their … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Good Dancers Are Popular!”

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  • 12/25/2015
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About The Dance of Passion: The Tango!

Regardless of how much dance knowledge or expertise someone has, almost everyone has heard of the Tango. The very name evokes an image of sensuality and passion no matter how much someone may know about it. Unlike the two dances covered so far in the Arthur Murray Cranford blogs, the Foxtrot and the Cha Cha, the Tango can trace its roots back to the nineteenth century, and the dance originated much farther south on the globe. It sprung up in the last 1800s along the border of Argentina and Uruguay, evolved from several other dances, such as the Milonga and … Continue reading “About The Dance of Passion: The Tango!”

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  • 11/30/2015
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About The Cha Cha Cha!

The Cha Cha is one of the most popular dances in the United States and around the world, and likely the most popular of the social Latin dances. Its energetic, infectious rhythm makes it a playful sort of dance, one that encourages everyone to cut loose and hit the dance floor. It is one of the core dances here at the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford. Developed in Cuba in the late 1940s by a man named Enrique Jorrín, the Cha Cha actually began as a derivative of the Mambo and Rumba. Jorrín, a violinist and composer, had noticed … Continue reading “About The Cha Cha Cha!”

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  • 11/23/2015
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A Bit About The Foxtrot…

The Foxtrot is unquestionably America’s favorite dance. Other dances come and go, but the Foxtrot grows ever more popular. The overwhelming majority of all songs written today are with the Foxtrot rhythm, and it is one of the core dances we teach here at the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford. Unlike most other dances, the Foxtrot is distinctly and entirely American, which may account for its permanent popularity in this country. It is a dance characterized by flowing movements and freedom of styling—the same kind of dynamic informality which characterizes the American way of life. The name of the … Continue reading “A Bit About The Foxtrot…”

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  • 11/16/2015
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Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions – you may have heard the term in the studio before, or perhaps on another Arthur Murray website. But what exactly is it? The Tournament of Champions is a six-week competition between Arthur Murray studios all over the world to increase student participation, to enroll new students and guests, and to increase the number of enrolled lessons in our studio. Each studio wants to determine how many active students they have, and the tournament challenges each studio to see who has the most! Your teachers can also compete for specific awards in various categories. But here at … Continue reading “Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford Tournament of Champions”

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  • 11/12/2015
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Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford Grand Opening

This past June, the AMK team moved from Kenilworth to the new Cranford location, and celebrated its Grand Opening on the 24th of September. The mayor of Cranford, Andis Kalnins, came to cut the ribbon and mark the occasion. Arthur Murray is a name with a lot of history attached to it. With roots tracing back to 1912, Arthur Murray International has since expanded across the globe with well over two hundred studios open in over twenty countries. The famous motto of Arthur Murray, ‘Walk In & Dance Out’, boasts of our confidence in being able to teach any student … Continue reading “Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford Grand Opening”

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Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford Fundraising 2015

On August 8th, 2015, Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford is proud to invite everyone to our “At the Movies” Summer Showcase of 2015. Hosted at Kean University’s Kean Stage at the Wilkins Theatre, this theatre night is a fundraising event for Technology Against ALS, with tickets for $25. This event is open to the public, so everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family! The show will feature Ballroom dances by students and staff of Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford, including those of our sister centers, Montclair and Princeton. This is our second time holding this event, and our staff … Continue reading “Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford Fundraising 2015”

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