New Year’s Resolution Guest Party at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford

The end of 2016 is nearly upon us! The holidays are winding down, the days are beginning to get longer, and people are looking back over their New Year’s Resolutions—some with pride, some with amusement, some with exasperation, and some with a last bolt of panic.

The good news for everyone who’s wanted to learn new moves this year: Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford is hosting one last Guest Party before the year is up! The theme is Near Year’s Resolution, so it’s perfect for anyone who has wanted to learn a new skill, get a little exercise, become more social, or try something new.

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Our dance center’s New Year’s Resolution Guest Party starts at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, December 30th. Students are encouraged to bring friends, family, or coworkers to our guest parties. We only ask that they RSVP beforehand with our guest director, Colleen. Refreshments will be served, including champagne to help ring in the New Year (a little early).

The evening begins with a special group class, where guests are offered beginner dance lessons to a couple of different dances so that they can handle a variety of social dance situations. Everything is taught at a beginner’s level, so no prior experience is required. Guests will learn new steps, how to interact with a partner, and about various types of music.

Afterward, guests are immediately able to show off their new moves. The dance center hosts a practice party, where each song comes with announced choreography that people can use, and guests are free to choose partners as they wish. Our students are also there to practice and have a good time, so there are a wide variety of dances and skill levels. Instructors will be there to act as partners and to answer questions, too, but will not be instructing like in class. They’re there to help our dancers have a good time showcasing their new skills.

RSVP by phone at (908) 272-7955 or email us at cranford@arthurmurraynewjersey.com. We’ll see you there!

Photo Credit: Pat & Kerri

Four Reasons Not to Miss the Medal Ball

The team at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford is excited to invite you to the Medal Ball! This year it will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be graduation freestyle performances, solo routines, professional show numbers, great music, food, fun, and lots of dancing. Those are the easy facts, but why should you attend? Here are four reasons to persuade you.

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  1. Your teacher wouldn’t ask you to dance if they didn’t think you were ready.

The dance studio instructors are proud of what you’ve accomplished and excited to share it with the Arthur Murray family! When you step outside of your comfort zone, your confidence will gain a giant boost, and you’ll feel a rush of dopamine and excitement. This reason alone makes it so worth it!

  1. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments, including yours!

We know it’s not easy to graduate to a new level in the dance studio program. It takes time and dedication. This is a milestone in your dance progress and it deserves recognition. Join us in clapping for all the dancers who are reaching magnificent achievements.

  1. Take in the sights and incredible energy.

There will be all kinds of dances, dancers, and music to partake in and watch. This is a fantastic opportunity to see if there’s something you would like to add to your program. A personalized dance studio program should always be growing to keep it interesting, exciting, and challenging. So take a look, and talk to your teachers about what you may want to add or do next!

  1. You’ll get great feedback from our Guest Judge.

Whether you are excited about getting tips from our fantastic panel of coaches or not, rest assured that your teachers can’t wait! Bob Long is visiting as our Guest Judge and will stay as a Guest Coach for the week after the Medal ball, too. Guest Coaches travel to events around the world at different dance studios because they love to share their passion for great dancing with you. They aren’t here to ‘judge’ you. They are here to give valuable feedback to you and your team of instructors to help your dancing feel and look even better. Make sure you have your coaching times scheduled so you can hear the feedback directly from them!

Get your tickets today, and we’ll see you on the dance floor at the Medal Ball on December 4, 2016, at 12 p.m.

A Recap From the Fall Freestyles 2016 Event

If you have spent much time in the studio, you have probably heard about the Freestyles showcase. It’s an event the dance studio hosts in partnership with other studios in Montclair and Princeton during the spring and fall. It’s a full day of dancing for staff and students alike, complete with professional shows, a banquet, and a theme of the day. The Fall Freestyles, held on October 16th, was a huge success!

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For students Ira and Alex Augenzucker, it was their first Freestyles event. “It was a blast. We have not had the opportunity to actually dance with so many people and so many different dances in such a friendly non-competitive setting. It was F-U-N!” said Ira.

His wife Alex had a similarly great time. “Not knowing what to expect, I was more than pleasantly surprised,” she said. “Coaches kept us from feeling out of place. Dancing was great fun, and the day went by so quickly. Can’t wait for next time!”

Nicole LaBruno has been a student with dance studio for several years now and has participated in many Freestyles events. “Freestyles is a great opportunity for us as students to showcase what we have been working on for the past six months,” she said. “It’s fun and exciting to have a change of pace. Getting dressed up and doing extravagant hair and makeup makes me feel like I am in another time! Being on the dance floor with others who share a love for dance is a surreal experience.”

Guest judges from Arthur Murray dance studios across the globe always attend the Freestyles events. For the 2016 Fall Freestyles, the judges were the talented and fantastic Lynda Smith and Daniel Heroux! The dancers were absolutely thrilled to have them in attendance.

Despite having judges, the Freestyles event is not a competition. Instead, it offers dancers a unique learning opportunity in a fun setting. Aside from specific categories, students do not compete for placement, and instead receive feedback on their dancing across all their heats, with a particular eye on categories such as timing, footwork, and frame.

Teachers can then regroup with their students after the event. They go over the feedback together, and they receive a fresh perspective on a student’s strengths and areas to work on going forward together during dance lessons. It’s an awesome learning opportunity and definitely a reason to get excited for the next Freestyles in March!

If you are interested in learning more about this event or participating in dance lessons, please contact the studio today.

Photo Credit: Gabriel Saldana

Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford Tournament of Champions

Arthur Murray Dance Center of CranfordTournament of Champions – you may have heard the term in the studio before, or perhaps on another Arthur Murray website. But what exactly is it?

The Tournament of Champions is a six-week competition between Arthur Murray studios all over the world to increase student participation, to enroll new students and guests, and to increase the number of enrolled lessons in our studio. Each studio wants to determine how many active students they have, and the tournament challenges each studio to see who has the most! Your teachers can also compete for specific awards in various categories.

But here at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford, while we want to make this competition exciting for everyone, we only want our students to enroll on lessons and participate in events from which they would benefit. We don’t want numbers for the sake of numbers – we just want a lot of happy, active students in our Arthur Murray family.

This tournament promises to be a highlight of our year, and we can all look forward to six weeks of fun, excitement, and team spirit. We want everyone to get involved in their favorite way! Ask your dance teacher for more information on how to join us.

Here at Arthur Murray Cranford, we have a team of experts that can teach anyone, of any experience level, how to dance any sort of ballroom style. We can help prepare you for any event, including weddings, anniversaries, or even if you’d just like to learn a new skill for those fun nights out! We believe – and can prove – that anyone can Walk In and Dance Out. Get your free lesson today – click here!

Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford Grand Opening

This past June, the AMK team moved from Kenilworth to the new Cranford location, and celebrated its Grand Opening on the 24th of September. The mayor of Cranford, Andis Kalnins, came to cut the ribbon and mark the occasion.
Arthur Murray Dance Center of CranfordArthur Murray is a name with a lot of history attached to it. With roots tracing back to 1912, Arthur Murray International has since expanded across the globe with well over two hundred studios open in over twenty countries. The famous motto of Arthur Murray, ‘Walk In & Dance Out’, boasts of our confidence in being able to teach any student any ballroom style they’d like. The tried and true curriculum is exactly why, even today, that the Arthur Murray name is a household one when it comes to dance.

Arthur Murray Cranford also has a team with its own impressive legacy. Danila and Nuria Kartashov, the franchisees of this branch, have both been dancing all their lives. Born in Russia, Danila began dancing at the age of five, and has been dancing ever since. Nuria, originally from Spain and with a background in ballet, met Danila in 1999 and they began their partnership soon after. They have won competitions in several countries, including the Arthur Murray International Latin Championship and Manhattan Dancesport Championship. They’ve been finalists in many more. Danila and Nuria eventually married and joined the Arthur Murray team together in 2001, and became franchisees of the Kenilworth Arthur Murray location in January of 2010.

The rest of our team comes from just as varied backgrounds with equally diverse dance histories behind us, including ballet, modern, jazz, and all styles of ballroom dancing. We’ve created a rich learning environment that’s sure to find something to offer for everyone. The curriculum has any and all ballroom dance styles, allowing plenty of room to explore and experiment while learning anything a student would want; all of Arthur Murray’s lessons are tailored to exactly what a student would want to gain from them.

Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford Fundraising 2015

Arthur Murray Dance Center of CranfordOn August 8th, 2015, Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford is proud to invite everyone to our “At the Movies” Summer Showcase of 2015. Hosted at Kean University’s Kean Stage at the Wilkins Theatre, this theatre night is a fundraising event for Technology Against ALS, with tickets for $25. This event is open to the public, so everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family!

The show will feature Ballroom dances by students and staff of Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford, including those of our sister centers, Montclair and Princeton. This is our second time holding this event, and our staff and students have been eagerly practicing for several months to bring you  performances inspired by some of their favorite films and icons, with everything from The Pink Panther, to James Bond, to Dirty Dancing, and Marilyn Monroe. Anyone with a ticket may attend, regardless of whether or not they are students with Arthur Murray or Kean University, so please feel free to invite others to join us for this thrilling evening.

Kean Stage, Wilkins Theatre’s largest theatre, can house over 900 attendees, with free parking to attendees, as well as wheelchair accessibility and seating. Kean University proudly supports the arts and regularly hosts student productions, as well as allow other companies to utilize its facilities to bring its students as well as the public unforgettable performances.

Proceeds from the night will benefit Technology Against ALS, a charity dedicated to relieving some of the strain and hardships faced by those with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Because ALS affects the motor neurons in the brain and spine, people with the disease gradually lose motor functions, making even simple communications difficult or impossible. Technology Against ALS helps to combat this issue by specifically developing new technologies, such as communication devices for people to be able to continue to connect with and be understood by the world around them.

Arthur Murray Dance Center Cranford staff and students are very excited to share this night out “At The Movies” with everyone, so please come join us for a fantastic evening! You can purchase tickets online at the link below, or stop in at Arthur Murray Dance Center of Cranford  to pick some up in-person. We hope to see you there, August 8th, at the Wilkins Theatre.

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