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 partners are having a fine time, too. People like to dance—they are born with a deep and inherent love of moving to rhythm.

There’s nothing new about dancing—it is as old as mankind. Dancing used to have a serious side back in the dark ages. Primitive man had a different dance for every phase of emotion… his religion, superstition, grief, hate, happiness, and love. Dancing has lived in every age, every class of life. High school students are always amused when they study the life of Socrates, the ancient philosopher—they can hardly believe their eyes when they read that he danced, too!

Physical Benefits of Dancing

We dance because it’s fun—that’s reason enough. But, dancing is also an easy, delightful form of exercise. Good dancers develop supple grace and superb muscle tone by using the muscles of the diaphragm, arms, shoulders, legs, and ankles. Dancing is closely related to rhythmic sports such as tennis, skating, and boxing.

Why Doctors Prescribe Dancing

Because dancing is so easy to learn and such a relaxing exercise, doctors prescribe it for many types of patients. A shy, awkward adolescent can become a graceful, well poised youth once he becomes confident of himself as a dancer. Middle-aged people who have slumped, given up, and “let themselves go” can gain a new, vigorous, youthful posture and personality through a re-awakened interest in dancing. Certain physical impairments can be improved and corrected by dancing… it is used toward attaining better posture; strengthening weak arches and developing strong, graceful legs.

Dancing Lasts a Lifetime!

Now and then I have heard pupils complain of the “routine” involved in learning. Basic fundamentals are necessary in the beginning—just as you must learn to hold a golf club or tennis racquet before you can play. But, once you have really learned to dance, it becomes something you will never forget. We often see white-haired couples doing a beautiful Waltz, just as proficiently as they did years ago. No matter how old a person is he can still move with youthful grace on the dance floor. Isn’t it worth the effort of mastering the fundamentals to gain a lifetime of pleasure?

Don’t Envy Others

I have never met any person who could not learn to become a fine dancer. You have the same natural ability that others have and good dancing is within your reach. Make up your mind today not to lose out on pleasure. Be a good dancer—have more fun out of life!

About The Dance of Passion: The Tango!

Arthur Murray Dance Center of CranfordRegardless 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 Waltz. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that the Tango spread to the rest of the world, however, although it soon created quite the craze in Europe and the United States by 1913.

Today, the Tango has many different, distinct forms in the professional dancing world. The two most popular and well-known are the American Tango (seen as the “normal” or default Tango in the States) and the Argentine Tango, both favorite choices taught here at the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford.

The American style of Tango is characterized by strong, decisive movements and staccato footwork. It is the dance of passion incarnate. In contrast, the Argentine Tango is far slower with smoother, more sensual movements. If the American Tango is the fiery, feisty dance, then the Argentine Tango is the sexier one.

Either (or both!) of these styles of dance can add some romance and spice to any dance resume! We can teach anyone who’d like to learn these dances, so Walk In & Dance Out today! You can schedule your first complimentary lesson with us either online or by calling our Cranford studio.

About The Cha Cha Cha!

Arthur Murray's Music for Dancing - Cha ChaThe 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 that some crowds had difficulties with the irregular rhythm of the Triple Mambo (the Danzon-Mambo). So to try to help and appeal to more dancers, he began composing songs where the melody was marked strongly on the first downbeat and the rhythm was less syncopated. The new rhythm was nearly an immediate hit and was named for the cha-cha-cha sound the dancers’ feet would make during their triple-step.

In 1953, the orchestra Jorrín worked with released the first two Cha Chas to be recorded, “La Engañadora” and “Silver Star”. By 1955, the songs and new style had hit Mexico, the United States, and most of Europe, resulting in a Cha Cha craze that mirrored the Mambo fever that had swept the dancing world just a few years prior.

Today, there are two types of the Cha Cha taught by Arthur Murray Dance Studios around the world: the International style and the Rhythm style. The more common of the two is Rhythm style. It’s fast-paced and fun, but with an earthy feeling to it, and is very popular with dance students even today. Rhythm Cha Cha is characterized by bent knees, whereas International style features straight leg actions; the difference between the two in competitive levels is nearly imperceptible.

You too could learn this fun dance style and weigh in on the debate between the two! Sign up for your complimentary first lesson today with us here at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford to learn the Cha Cha and many more dances.

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.

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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 dance supposedly comes from a vaudeville performer named Harry Fox, who introduced it in 1913. During his act he used to select a variety of chorus girls and “trot” with them around the stage. The dance he did came to be known as the “Fox Trot”, nowadays one word: simply the Foxtrot.

The dance as we know it today is far different from the fast, simple trotting step that Mr. Fox introduced, but the name has persisted. As with the Lindy Hop, the origin of the name has been largely forgotten, but the dance remains the favorite of all dancers, young and old alike.

The origin of the Foxtrot itself goes back beyond Harry Fox to the introduction and growth in popularity of ragtime music. This distinctively American form of music, with its different and exciting rhythms, swept the country. With it arose new dances to express the rhythmic urges which sprang up wherever ragtime music was played. The Cake Walk, the Two Step, the Bunny Hug—these and many others were forerunners of the Foxtrot. With the introduction of the Foxtrot and its instantaneous rise to popularity, the other dances were forgotten and the Foxtrot became America’s favorite dance—a position it still holds today and the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford teaches with pride. Feel free to schedule your first lesson with us and learn firsthand the appeal of the Foxtrot!