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  • 14/09/2018
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Dancing With Our Stars 2018 Recap

Whether you’re an avid devotee or new to ballroom dancing, most people have heard of the hit series Dancing With The Stars. Annually, we hold our own version of the competition, combined with our Silent Auction benefiting the Sunshine Kids. We don’t pair up amateur celebrities with professional dancers, however. Dancing With Our Stars is three rounds made up entirely of our professional staff. But of course, we have to have some twist to it. That’s part of the excitement! Scores are a mixture of in-studio voting and scores given by students we asked to be Guest Judges for each … Continue reading “Dancing With Our Stars 2018 Recap”

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  • 13/03/2018
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A Recap of Our Spring Freestyles 2018

Our 2018 Spring Freestyles was on March 2 and 3, and it was an absolutely amazing time! It was our second year as a two-day event. It was also the first year that Arthur Murray Paoli and Narberth could join us, making for a total of six schools attending, our biggest yet. Curious exactly what a Freestyles event is? Check out our blog post explaining here! In line with the Kings & Queens theme, our Guest Judges were the illustrious Bob and Cynthia Long, of Arthur Murray Albuquerque, the creators of the current Arthur Murray syllabus. Despite having judges, Freestyles … Continue reading “A Recap of Our Spring Freestyles 2018”

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  • 20/02/2018
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But What IS Freestyles?

Whether you’ve heard the term from an instructor or another student, or saw it on the calendar, or heard it in an event announcement, or have seen the poster in our studio — we like to talk about our events here, in case it weren’t obvious — you’ve probably heard the term “Freestyles” before. Of course, hearing about something is very different from knowing what it is, so you may still be wondering — what is Freestyles? Think of Freestyles as a mini dance vacation, one or two days long. You get to spend as much time as possible dancing, as … Continue reading “But What IS Freestyles?”

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  • 21/12/2017
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A Recap of the Fourth Annual Murray Awards!

On Friday, December 15th, we celebrated our fourth annual Murray Awards! It is our end of year Student Appreciation Party and it was a great success! Despite the dreary weather, we welcomed students of both Arthur Murray Cranford and Arthur Murray Hillsborough into our Cranford studio. Both studios are owned by franchisees Danila and Nuria Kartashov. It was an exciting time to have students from both studios in one place for such a grand affair. The event was catered, with tables set out for students and staff to enjoy dinner together. Students excitedly dressed to the nines to show off … Continue reading “A Recap of the Fourth Annual Murray Awards!”

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  • 14/09/2017
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Arthur Murray Dance Center of Hillsborough Grand Opening!

On Friday, September 8th, Team Arthur Murray Kartashov officially held the Grand Opening of their new location in Hillsborough, New Jersey. With food, drinks, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and, of course, a lot of dancing, it was a grand affair as students and staff of both Cranford and Hillsborough locations came to help celebrate. Hillsborough Township did its part to welcome Arthur Murray as well. Several prominent members of the city, including Mayor Carl Suraci and Business Advocate David Kois, joined the celebrations and helped cut the red ribbon with franchise owners Danila and Nuria Kartashov. “A big thank you to … Continue reading “Arthur Murray Dance Center of Hillsborough Grand Opening!”

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  • 02/09/2017
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Theater Showcase “Around the World”

Arthur Murray Cranford and Hillsborough celebrated following the final curtain for their annual fundraiser showcase on August 12. This year, owners Danila and Nuria Kartashov supported the Sunshine Kids. The non-profit organization helps children with cancer by providing positive group activities and emotional support. Most students spend months preparing routines. Diane, a newer student at Cranford, said the show exceeded her expectations. “It was far superior than what I had envisioned. So professional. No detail, from costuming, lights, and jewelry was left out.” She felt proud to be a part of the Arthur Murray family’s gesture to help the cause. … Continue reading “Theater Showcase “Around the World””

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  • 23/06/2017
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Boston DOR 2017: “What a wonderful competition!” Part 2

Dancing continues on Saturday with the open category. For this division, teachers and dancers are not limited to syllabus material. Many let loose on the floor, whether executing well rehearsed choreography or adding their own special touch to the moves. Recognizing the desire for an environment more suited for social dancing, Arthur Murray now includes club-style events. Rather than looking for perfect footwork and frame, adjudicators want to see a strong connection between the dancers – as if the two of them just met and spontaneously danced! Debbie Ford, Jim’s wife, danced in the country division with her instructor, Kennedy. … Continue reading “Boston DOR 2017: “What a wonderful competition!” Part 2”

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  • 20/06/2017
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Boston DOR 2017: “What a wonderful competition!” Part 1

Each year in early summer, Cranford and Hillsborough travel up the coast with a team of students to attend the Boston Dance-O-Rama. This year’s team included: Eric Adams, Jerry and Jennifer Cerulli,  Jim and Debbie Ford, Kerry Francis, Wedlyne Pluviose, and Lynn Rabadeau. Located in Quincy, BDOR entices Arthur Murray studios from across the North American continent for four days full of camaraderie, spirited cheering, sparkles galore – and plenty of dancing. This year, BDOR kicked off with a Grease themed early arrival party on Thursday. The Cranford Pink Ladies and T-Birds met up with other studios for a night … Continue reading “Boston DOR 2017: “What a wonderful competition!” Part 1”

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  • 04/05/2017
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Winning Arthur Murray Swag: A Beginner’s Guide To IDF

Even if you are new to Arthur Murray, you know we like to party. Each spring we amp up the party during an Arthur Murray worldwide bonanza called International Dance Festival. International Dance Festival is an international competition between all 280+ studios. The objective is to increase student involvement in the studio; what better way than to throw theme parties and special classes?! As a student, you earn points for your studio with everything you do, such as: sponsoring your teacher, taking a lesson, attending a group class or party, having a coaching lesson – or sharing this blog. But, … Continue reading “Winning Arthur Murray Swag: A Beginner’s Guide To IDF”

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  • 25/01/2017
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Third Annual Murray Awards Celebration A Huge Success!

December 16th marked our third annual Murray Awards celebration! The banquet event was held in our Cranford dance studio, beginning at 7 p.m. It was catered with delicious food, so our many guests were sure to bring their appetites! We hold the Murray Awards as a thank you to our students for their loyalty and commitment. The party celebrates YOU! Every year, it is an excellent opportunity to get dressed to the nines, celebrate with your fellow students, and see who has won the variety of awards we give out. This year we gave out a wide assortment of awards. … Continue reading “Third Annual Murray Awards Celebration A Huge Success!”

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