Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets

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  • 12/02/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Tips To Hold Your Partner

There is nothing mysterious about “how to hold your partner” in dancing. Your position should be guided by comfort, common sense, and convention—and that is all there is to it. Outside of a few eccentric crazes like the Bunny Hug, Charleston, Black Bottom, and so on, position in ballroom dancing hasn’t changed appreciably in the past 30 years. Youngsters have always had fads in their dancing style. One year you may find young girls leaving their right arms outstretched, palms up—as though feeling for raindrops. By the next season they will have forgotten that fad and will adopt another distinctive … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Tips To Hold Your Partner”

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  • 05/02/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Tips To Keeping Time

You Can Learn To Keep Time! People sometimes like to brag about their deficiencies. They will say, proudly: “I have terrible handwriting” …or… “I have no memory—I can never think of a person’s name.” In the studio, we often hear this said: “But, I can’t carry a tune on a bet!” The ability to carry a tune is not a necessary factor in learning to dance. To dance, you must simply be able to keep time to the music. And if you can march to band music—you can keep time to dance music. The unfortunate belief that they have “no … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Tips To Keeping Time”

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  • 29/01/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: The Importance Of Knowing Steps As A Follower

Why Girls Too Must Know The Steps Whenever I hear a woman say: “All I need is a good leader”… I know that she is probably a poor dancer and that partners steer clear of her. “Leading” must be a misleading word—so many girls confuse it with “dragging”! The leader is merely the one who chooses the steps and guides his partner into them. But, unless his partner is alert and ready to dance with him, she becomes a tag-along, an extra weight to be carried around. A girl cannot dance with her partner until she knows what she is … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: The Importance Of Knowing Steps As A Follower”

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  • 19/01/2016
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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Walking Tips

How To Walk Correctly In Dancing There is never any reason to fear that you and your partner may falter or stumble at the beginning of a dance. Simply remember that a man always starts with his left foot… the girl, facing him, starts with her right foot. Most men start each dance by walking forward, left foot first. So girls can be prepared and ready to walk backward, right foot first. When You Dance: Lift your feet slightly off the floor in all walking steps. Never let them scrape or drag on the floor. When you walk backward, never … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Walking Tips”

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  • 08/01/2016
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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 … Continue reading “The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Good Dancers Are Popular!”

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