Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets

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  • 15/07/2016
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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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  • 08/07/2016
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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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  • 24/06/2016
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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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  • 17/06/2016
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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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  • 10/06/2016
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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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  • 03/06/2016
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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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  • 27/05/2016
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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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  • 20/05/2016
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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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  • 13/05/2016
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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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  • 06/05/2016
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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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