Before You Get Married, Get Murrayed

Before You Get Married, Get Murrayed

WEDDING PREP! Are you eyeball-deep in planning your big day? Let us help lift any stress you have around dancing. Whether it be your first dance or dancing all night: We. Can. Help. Let’s start with a simple multiple-choice question. What is your vision for you and your spouse? A meaningful, memorable first dance A solid foundation of dance that carries beyond your wedding day A memorable first dance + some ideas for faster music YOUR WEDDING DAY DANCE RECOMMENDATION If You Answered A: Take 4+ Private Lessons Minimum 1x/week frequency Take current ability in to consideration What you’ll learn:...

Interview: Studio Manager Jessica DeVries Helps Keep the Human Vibe

Interview: Studio Manager Jessica DeVries Helps Keep the Human Vibe

Studio Manager Jessica DeVries sees a deeper purpose in ballroom dance, and she wants nothing more than for everyone who walks through her studio doors to sense it too. From Jessica’s perspective, dance isn’t just about events, impressing guests, getting the girl… it’s about connecting as humans in real time rather than through digital representations of ourselves. So rarely are we sharing each other’s space anymore, leaning on each other to get to the next step; that’s why Jessica wants to help future dancers like you to see that nothing keeps our human side more real and present than dancing...

Party’s on. Come hang out.

Party’s on. Come hang out.

People like to hang out here, which is no surprise to us. Because at Arthur Murray Royal Oak, you’ll meet some pretty great people and learn whatever you want to know – from how to hit the club to impressing wedding guests. Check out what students and instructors are saying about hanging out, being social and making connections at Arthur Murray Royal Oak. Chris, AMRO Student says… Why dance lessons? It was more to give us something to do outside of the house. We like to go to concerts and listen to live music, and then we would dance around...

Meet Chris & Angela: To-Be-Weds With Some Serious Moves

Meet Chris & Angela: To-Be-Weds With Some Serious Moves

Meet Chris and Angela, the couple prepping to exchange vows on September 24th and wow guests with a first dance (and second, and third). They’ve been hitting up the Arthur Murray Royal Oak studio a couple times a week since January 2016 so their wedding reception goes exactly as they’ve been imagining it. Here’s their story; we hope it inspires you. What’s your love story? C: We met in high school senior year. Freshman year of college we went separate ways. After 10 years – 3 years ago – we reconnected on Facebook. We messaged and started talking and hung...

Meet Veronica Bell: Royal Oak Dance Instructor with a Hollywood Story

Meet Veronica Bell: Royal Oak Dance Instructor with a Hollywood Story

Meet Veronica Bell, the Front Department Specialist at Arthur Murray Royal Oak, and the dance instructor with quite possibly the most Hollywood-worthy story of a passionate, no-quit dancer that we’ve ever heard. See, today, Veronica’s position is to encourage people who come in for their first lesson, help them adjust and stay confident through the learning process, and make sure their goals remain a realistic priority. And how fitting since Veronica’s youth, anyone could sense the near-obsession with this hobby and refined skill that would become her future.   What You’ll Love About Veronica “You are my first priority,” says...

Manly Hobbies Every Man Should Try at Least Once

Manly Hobbies Every Man Should Try at Least Once

Are you a guys’ guy? Maybe hobbies like cars, guitar and sports are already part of your weekend routine. But if you find yourself with a spare hour or two a week, there are some very manly hobbies you ought to look into. The Art of Manliness put out an article with the most popular men’s hobbies; and we’ve recapped the few we don’t think you should miss out on. These are trending now, so don’t waste any time. Like a bucket list for dudes, try each of these at least once to round out your manliness. Manly Hobby #1:...

Three Key Questions + How Dance Can Help Your Health

Three Key Questions + How Dance Can Help Your Health

Before you do anything else, ask yourself these three questions: Do you want to feel on top of your game? Does Alzheimer’s or dementia run in your family? Is there value in aging gracefully? Did you answer “yes”? Here’s what you need to know when you think about your answers: One driver for students to come to Arthur Murray is for health reasons. Beyond working out and staying fit, students have used dance to help them avoid or cope with serious health diagnoses. We checked in with Jessica De Vries of Arthur Murray Royal Oak for the details. “We have...

10 Must-Know Facts About Leading and Following

10 Must-Know Facts About Leading and Following

1) The Leader’s Role As the leader, you’ll need to communicate dance patterns to your follower using only confident and decisive movements   2) The Follower’s Role If you’re following, you’ll want to tune into the moves and signals of the leader and respond accordingly.   3) Where You’ll Use It You’ll most commonly use leading and following in social dancing, helping you and your dance partner move together as a unit without the need for a song or choreography.   4) A “strong lead” is… Skip the verbal instruction. Being a strong lead means being decisive and clear about...

Limited Time Valentine’s Pricing: Keep the hotness in your relationship on high!

Limited Time Valentine’s Pricing: Keep the hotness in your relationship on high!

(Don’t say ‘candy…’ Don’t say ‘candy’…) Valentine’s candy or dinner at a crowded restaurant is not only expected (boooo!), but it results in very little to show for the money you’ve spent. But dance lessons? You’ll give yourself and your partner a two-date guarantee to bring more one-on-one time, deeper connections, laughs, passion and excitement to your relationship. And, you’ll know how to dance together for the rest of your lives. If we’re talking value, that’s a pretty sweet deal.   Get this (literally): Valentine’s Day Exclusive $99 for Two Private Dance Lessons Purchase by 2/14, redeemable for up to...

WHAT BURNS MORE CALORIES? DANCE vs. JOGGING vs. YOGA.

WHAT BURNS MORE CALORIES? DANCE vs. JOGGING vs. YOGA.

Sure the holiday season is indulgent in the food department. And rightfully so. It’s not every day we get to enjoy our family’s favorite recipes. So let’s take a no-regrets approach to that holiday feast knowing that we can shed those indulgences in a way that’s actually fun. Skip the heavy, high-impact treadmill work and the grueling, overcrowded, wintertime gym experience.   Here are some ballpark facts for reference: A person of average weight burns around 100 calories per 1 mile run 1 hour of traditional yoga burns a modest 200 or so calories 1 ballroom dance session can burn...