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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

Why Do I Have To Do A Spotlight?

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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

Winning Arthur Murray Swag: A Beginner’s Guide To IDF

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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

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A Day In The Life: Laura

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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

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How It Works: Coaching Lessons

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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

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6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Lessons

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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

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It Takes A Village… (To Raise A Dancer)

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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

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

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“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

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The First Steps To Your First Dance

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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

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Welcome Keenan & Laura!

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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

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