Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets

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  • 29/04/2016
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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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  • 22/04/2016
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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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  • 15/04/2016
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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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  • 08/04/2016
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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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  • 01/04/2016
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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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  • 25/03/2016
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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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  • 18/03/2016
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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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  • 12/03/2016
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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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  • 26/02/2016
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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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  • 19/02/2016
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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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