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 and tap classes at the local dance school. From there I branched out into jazz, modern, lyrical, liturgical, the college dance team, and eventually ballroom.”


How did you find Arthur Murray?

“After I graduated college, I moved around through a few different jobs like many young adults trying to find their place in the world do. I had started taking ballroom lessons at an independent studio and gradually started teaching for them. I knew then that I wanted dance to become my career path. I searched for a new job, sending my resume to every dance studio I could find, and landed an interview with Nuria and Danila in the Kenilworth studio. The rest is history!”


What’s your favorite dance?

“I don’t have one. I also don’t have a least favorite dance. I go through phases where I fall in love with something I’m working on, but then I move on to the next dance. My first loves were Samba, International Rumba, and International Foxtrot.”


Funniest dance moment?

“Dancing Salsa with Chris in a Jack and Jill contest at our Area training seminar. So much twerking!”


What’s your dance dream?

“To be a judge at a Dance-O-Rama.”


What’s the most important reason someone should learn to dance?

“Because you can. Because it changes you and your relationships and your world for the better. Because it will become the best part of your day. Because it’s something not everyone does and you deserve something special and unique for yourself. We waste way too much precious time in our lives with ‘should I?’ when the answer is 100% yes. Take advantage of your physical and mental capabilities and do something that will enhance your life. Dance!”

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Dee says:

    Ms. Val…I love your laugh! I love your attitude! But most of all I love your heart! I will always treasure my “lady lessons” with you! ❤️

  • James Ford says:

    Your students are the lucky ones to have you as their instructor and share your gift and love of the dance. ❤️

  • Olga Monaco says:

    I remember the 1st time I danced with you as the “boy” partner…awkward…after that..no problem. You’re amazing!

  • Kathy Geller says:

    Val, you are a dedicated professional. You always put your students first and train them to be their best.