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Impress Your Wedding Guests With Your First Dance!

Posted by Jessica Gladstone on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

A tradition at every wedding is the first dance for the bride and groom.Waltz Wedding Dance Lessons

Often times, this dance occurs right after dinner, when drinks are flowing and your guests are mingling with each other and having a good time. The lights will dim and the disc jockey will make the announcement that the formal dance is about to begin, catching your guests' attention and turning all eyes to the dance floor. But typically, your guests gaze on for a moment before continuing their conversations. So why not wow your guests with your first dance as a married couple and make it certain that you and your spouse are truly the center of attention for the entire night?

And better yet, while your finished routine will have the attention of your wedding guests, taking dance lessons as a future husband and wife in the weeks leading up to your wedding can also be a great bonding experience for you and your soon-to-be spouse. Wedding dances can be choreographed by your Arthur Murray dance instructor typically over a series of weeks.

While dance lessons at Arthur Murray DC studios are ideal for future spouses, they can also be a valuable bonding experience for any couple or individual looking for a fun activity to socialize and stay active. So whether it's the exclamation point you want to put on your first dance as a married couple or just an activity to get you out of the house and off the couch, ballroom dancing lessons are an ideal choice. It's exercise, it's fun, and it's a great way to learn something new. The waltz is just one example of the many different dance steps and routines that can be learned through a dance class at Arthur Murray DC studios.

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Arthur Murray 30 Day Dance Challenge

Posted by Courtney Kent on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 19:07 PM
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Starting August 1st, Arthur Murray Studios from all over will be participating in the 30 Day Dance Challenge! Log in to Facebook daily for great tips from Arthur Murray coaches, competitive dancers and franchise owners to improve your dancing. Keep up with Arthur Murray DC to join the fun!
If you get a little behind, or want to go over the exercises more head over to our Youtube channel!

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Posted by Jessica Gladstone on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 @ 17:12 PM


Only through some sort of regular excercise can we avoid having all those extra calories we consume convert to body fat. Instead of spending endless hours working on boring, monotonous exercise equipment, why not enjoy burning those extra calories while dancing in a pleasant atmosphere with pleasant people and great music!


Medical specialists tell us that long periods of inactivity can cause a decline in the heart's efficiency. A heart, which is accustomed to exercise, when forced into more vigorous activity (i.e. running upstairs to answer the phone, shoveling snow, playing an active sport, etc.) will be better able to handle the extra load. Your heart will pump blood throughout your body with much more efficiency when required to so frequently by a mild form of exercise such as dancing.


Do you know that our nerve cells govern our senses of sight, feel, hearing, smell and taste? They govern our memory, emotions, reasoning and motor reflexes too. Doctors have long recognized the beneficial effects of exercise on the psyche and nerve cells. Dancing aids in relieving stress and strain and couteracts nervous fatigue. If we are to think clearly, and make intelligent decisions in our everyday life. we must possess the kind of relaxed nervous system that can be provided by regular dancing!


Often we don't stop to reflect on the needs of our bodies until it is too late. Good circulation not only nourishes our muscles, giving us coordination as well as grace and poise, but though dancing wit does more to stimulate and improve the appearance of our skin than all of the massages and creams we can use.

As we grow older, it becomes a greater challenge to remain active so our minds and bodies will stay strong and fit. Dancing is a wonderful way to keep both mind and body active, and the amount of energy you want to devote to it is entirely up to you!


One of the beautiful things about social dancing is the way it works muscles that would otherwise not get very much use in a normal day. Firmer underarms/triceps will result when the arms are held up and used. Sounds like dance position and arm styling might make you look good in more ways than one.

As for the legs, most people have fairly solid muscle tone on the front of their legs. If you want to firm up the back of the thigh and lower buttocks, you have to use them. Swing the leg back from the hip in a slow Fox Trot could help tone this area.

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Arthur Murray's "Don'ts for Dancers"

Posted by Cheryl Cortez on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 16:07 PM

Arthur Murray gives 8 tips on what not to do on the dance floor!Arthur Murray's Tips for dancers

I'm sure you have all read articles about what to do on the dance floor in order to be a good dancer. Reading blogs and other advice columns filled with tips and tricks about dancing is a great way to get advice.

If you can look at dancing advice from a different perspective, you will see that tips on what not to do on the dance floor also come in handy!

We discussed some of Arthur Murray's tips to make you a better dancer in several of our blogs. Now we are going to take a different approach and tell you what not to do on the dance floor. This blog quotes Arthur Murray, himself, from 1937's "Let's Dance". The following are his instructions of what not to do to be a good dancer:

  • Some people don't dance, they just fight it out.
  • Don't hum or whistle too loudly. Be considerate of your partner. In any case the tune should be changed at least once every 10 minutes. Hum in the same key with the orchestra, but don't attempt to drown out its music.
  • Simply backing the girl around the room while the music plays is not the ideal way of showing her a big time.
  • Don't cry about it. Dancing is supposed to be an expression of joy. The funereal expressions of the faces of some certainly contradict that assumption.
  • To find fault with your partner's dancing is the best way of advertising the fact that you are just learning to dance.
  • Don't clutch your partner's hand as though it belonged to a long-lost friend. It isn't necessary to get a death grip.
  • When a man wants to be sure of stepping on his partner's foot, he starts with his right foot. MORAL: Start the dance with the left foot.
  • Ladies, don't take short back steps, which block your partner and cause him to step on your toes. If the toes of your shoes are soiled, you are not taking long enough steps.

By taking Arthur Murray's advice on what not to do, you will have a well-rounded idea of the ballroom dancing best practices. If you feel overwhelmed by all the tips and tricks on what to do and what not to do, don't panic! These tips are meant to be a general guideline for people to keep in mind while they are dancing. To make learning ballroom dancing even easier on you, Arthur Murray DC offers a variety of dance lessons and dance classes equipped with trained dance instructors. You can leave all you worries and questions about ballroom dancing in the hands of your instructor and enjoy dancing!


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How To Be More Fit And Enjoy Ballroom Dance Lessons

Posted by Cheryl Cortez on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

A common goal most of us share is to stay fit and healthy throughout our life.Ballroom Dance Lessons Fitness

As people get older it becomes harder to find the time to work out and exercise the way they should. People are constantly looking for the best way to stay fit that works with their busy schedule. One way to stay fit and active is to participate in taking dance lessons.

Staying fit and active is as simple as taking ballroom dance lessons!

Taking a dance lesson at Arthur Murray DC is a great way to stay fit and have fun while learning a new skill. Ballroom dancing is an active art that requires the body to move in a number of different ways. Much like swimming, the body uses muscles that are not normally used in repetitive workouts. The moves and steps that a person learns will work their body in ways that they have never done before.

Of course, ballroom dance fitness requires more than just exercise and fun. Any exercise routine must be balanced with a healthy diet. Make sure to develop a healthy eating schedule in order to keep your energy up for dancing. Whole foods, such as fruit, vegetables, and lean proteins are a great choice to staying energized and not overly full. Before you participate in any dance lesson it is a good idea to stretch out and to drink plenty of water. Stretching allows your muscles to be ready for the rapid movement of dancing and prevent injury. Staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to keep your mind focused and your body healthy.

Learn How to Dance and Have Fun Doing it! 

Not only do ballroom dance lessons keep you fit and active, they also allow you to socialize with old and new friends! Taking a dance lesson at Arthur Murray DC gives you the option to come with a friend, a group, a spouse, or solo. No matter who you show up with, we guarantee you meet new people and possibly even make new friends.

Ballroom dance lessons are a great way to spend a weekend night out, mingling with friends and dancing to exciting music. As you become more comfortable with dancing, you have the option of attending group events, such as our Saturday afternoon dance parties. Ballroom dance lessons provides a variety of opportunities to stay fit and socialize with new friends and old friends.

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