Holiday Special: We’re helping you give the best gift

Holiday Special: We’re helping you give the best gift

Think of someone, anyone, who you’ll be buying a gift for this holiday season. Good news. There’s a perfect gift for that person. “But you don’t even know who they are…” You’re right. But here’s the great and utterly surprising thing about giving the gift of dance. It is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Whether they’ve never danced a day in their lives or they can’t keep away from a dance floor. It is timeless, ageless, and never personality-specific. It is uplifting, confidence building and an excellent and necessary workout for even seasoned athletes. It is proven...

Don’t Let These 5 Hang-Ups Stop You From Dancing

Don’t Let These 5 Hang-Ups Stop You From Dancing

Dancing has advantages. Big. Meaningful. Measurable ones. Which means that anything influencing you to stop dancing is better off overcome. And the most effective way to maintain your dance relationship is to be aware of the common hang-ups and how to dance through them.   First Train Out of Awkwardville! On the dance Curve of Learning, there are four stages you will go through. One of them is called The Awkward Use Stage and it can make us all question who we are, why we’re here and when for the love will it end? Many students talk themselves out of...

5 Reasons Your Teen Needs to Dance

5 Reasons Your Teen Needs to Dance

“I once had a student who was a young, fresh-out-of-the-box, teenager. He came with all the normal teenage accessories: A chip on his shoulder, a rebellious attitude, and little regard for life beyond his gaming device. He took dance lessons with his mother as a form of punishment for bad grades. Three years, two pairs of dance shoes, and one growth spurt later… his dance lessons were no longer a punishment. They were his reward for finished homework assignments, good test scores, and completed chores around the house.”   We. Love. This. Story.   If you have a teenager at home,...

The Music We Dance to Might Surprise You

The Music We Dance to Might Surprise You

What music comes to mind when you think: “ballroom dance”? A poll of the general public would present answers like: Slow & steady Boring ballads Tunes otherwise unrecognizable by anyone alive post-1920 Perfect. The surprise will be all the sweeter when we say: Wrong. Wrong-o. Wrong-orama. Here’s why: 1) It’s called Ballroom Dance. Not Boring Dance. First, there are a variety of different ballroom dances. It’s not all, “Waltz-y to the left. Waltz-y to the right.” Check out our 20+ dance styles right here. 2) We like the same music you like. So we’re going to dance to it. We...

5 Tips: Don’t Let Your Wedding Dance Become a Bad Viral Video

5 Tips: Don’t Let Your Wedding Dance Become a Bad Viral Video

You’ve watched America’s Funniest Home Videos for years. And without fail, somebody’s misshapen wedding dance always makes the highlight reel. So here are the 5 must-dos (and don’ts) to make sure your first wedding dance steers clear of a comedy special.   1. Start Early Unless your wedding is ironically scheduled on Throwback Thursday, that middle-school-style swaying motion has no place in your first dance. Start dancing months before your big day and allow yourself time to develop muscle memory.   2. Don’t Learn A Learn HOW TO dance. Imagine your first dance going flawlessly. But what happens when your...

Arthur Murray Kids: Sign Up Now for August Dance Camp!

Arthur Murray Kids: Sign Up Now for August Dance Camp!

As parents, now is the time we all scurry to lock down summer schedules to keep our kids entertained while they’re out of school. Carefully, we piece together the weeks like a game of Jenga with activities that balance freedom, structure, learning and fun. Great news, parents! Arthur Murray Royal Oak is offering a 4-day Dance Camp for kids, age 7 to 13 years old. The best part? We’ve scheduled our dance camp for those last weeks of summer when all the summer programs seem to come to a halt. Keep your kids moving and celebrate the last weeks before...

5 Guidelines for Finding the Right Exercise for You

5 Guidelines for Finding the Right Exercise for You

Looking for a way to get healthier doing something you love? Not all exercises fit the bill. Here are five guidelines for choosing the right activity to keep you coming back and, of course, why we think dance is the perfect fit. Glorious Distraction – Ever gone for a run, and with each thud of your feet on the concrete, you’re rhythmically reminded of how much you less-than-love this exercise? Hate running. I’m bored. Thighs are touching. Shorts are creeping up. Almost done. Ugh – 2 more miles?! Please make it stop. Good news, getting healthy and active doesn’t have...

6 Common Misconceptions about Ballroom Dance Lessons

6 Common Misconceptions about Ballroom Dance Lessons

“I won’t be comfortable in front of other people.”We all get that sense of insecurity when we think about our dance moves. Especially when it comes to showing them off in front of other people. At Arthur Murray, everyone has started with exactly the same apprehension. And just like all of us, you’re going to realize how much more relaxed you are when everyone is dancing at once. In fact, our students will tell you that ballroom dance lessons are a great way to boost your confidence. “I don’t have the coordination.”We all just THINK we’re not coordinated enough. Get...