Arthur Murray Dance Centers

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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How Should Ballroom Dance Shoes Fit?

Posted by Cheryl Cortez on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

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Finding the perfect dance shoe can make all the difference during dance lessons!

It is important to have proper tools to improve any hobby. Dance shoes are specifically made to enhance the dancing experience. Wearing proper dance shoes while dancing will help with balance and turning.

While ballroom dancing shoes should fit more snug than your sneakers or business shoes, they should not be so tight that they pinch your feet or constrain movement. Dancing in shoes that are too small can leave your feet in pain for days.

Learn about sizing ballroom shoes before you go shoe shopping, so that you get the right fit. If you're unsure of what type of shoe to order, check with your Arthur Murray dance instructor for a recommendation.

When trying on dance shoes , make sure to try on both the left and right shoe. Many people have one foot that's slightly bigger than the other, so it is important to make sure that both shoes fit right before you go dancing. Consider buying foam inner soles, which stabilize your foot inside the dance shoe. Shoes that stretch too much wear out more quickly.  


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How to Dress For Ballroom Dance Lesson Success!

Posted by Cheryl Cortez on Mon, May 14, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

Wondering which dress, pants, or shoes will be the most appropriate for ballroom dance lessons?Ballroom dance lessons arthur murray DC

When you're getting ready to come to ballroom dance lessons at Arthur Murray DC, it's important that you wear the right clothes. You don't need to come to your first lesson decked out in a sequined outfit, but rather, you should have sensible clothing that will allow you to move freely on the dance floor.


We don't expect beginners to buy dance shoes, but it's important to have shoes that will allow you to move around safely during your ballroom dance lessons. The ideal is a dress shoe with a smooth sole, which allows you to glide without sticking. Athletic shoes often have too much grip, which can be dangerous on the dance floor. Women should wear shoes with at least a strap on the back because women often travel backward during dance lessons.

Dance shoes typically have sturdy 2-inch to 3-inch heels, but if you don't have shoes that match the description, flats are acceptable to start.

Clothing for Dance Lessons

The most important thing to remember when getting dressed for your ballroom dance lessons is that you need to be able to move comfortably. You'll have to lift your arms above your head for spins, so you shouldn't wear a jacket or shirt that bunches up at the shoulders or restricts your movement. Women often like to wear skirts because they look pretty when dancing, but it's important that the skirt is full or stretchy enough to allow full strides. In addition, it's important that it's not too long, which could trip you up. For men, trousers are fine, and again, it's important that pants be loose enough to take full strides.

Clothing for Performances

If you end up doing a ballroom dance performance, this is when you have the chance to dress in one of those fun costumes you see on TV. You'll still want something that allows you to move, but women may get to wear a long, flowing skirt and men may get to wear a tailored suit made for dancing.

At Arthur Murray DC, we get you on your dancing feet with a complimentary private lesson for first timers. You don’t need a partner, special dance shoes, or any knowledge of dancing. After teaching you for a full session, your instructor will be able to recommend a dancing program that will suit your goals and level of progress. We are here to help and welcome all questions about our programs, what to expect, and what to wear.

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