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Top Five Dance Movies

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 14:07 PM

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In our last blog, we talked about the ballroom dancing craze and how it has become a popular form of entertainment in recent years. Today, we want to continue with the theme of dance as entertainment and pay tribute to some of our favorite dance movies.


Dance has been used as a form of entertainment for centuries, and dance-themed movies are one of our favorite forms of entertainment. We’ve compiled a list of our top five favorite dance movies, and why we love them.


    1. “Dirty Dancing” - In the classic 1987 hit, Jennifer Grey is the charming and somewhat naive young woman who with the help of Patrick Swayze becomes a dancing pro by the end of the movie.
    2. “Footloose” - In 1984 the rebellious Kevin Bacon reminds us that dance is a form of expression and why everyone should be able to dance to express themselves.
    3. “Center Stage” -  Amanda Schull graced the movie screen with her dancing abilities in 2000 and showed moviegoers that even ballet could have unique and modern elements incorporated into the classic dance style.
    4. “Happy Feet” - In the 2006 animated sensation, penguins engaged everyone in the notion that we all have a song in our hearts, but also a dance in our feet.
    5. “Saturday Night Fever” - John Travolta took us inside the world of disco in 1977 and wowed everyone with the stellar dance moves from the popular disco movement.

Dance infiltrates every aspect of our lives. From entertainment to exercise to expression, dance allows people to engage with the people and places around them in a unique way as all of the movies listed above show us. At Arthur Murray Dance Center, we want you to be able to join in the fun with dancing as a form of entertainment. Sign up for an exciting dance class today and learn how fun dance can be!

Topics: Adult Dance Lessons, Learn Dance, dance classes for adults, Learn To Dance

The Right Dance Program For You

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

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At the Arthur Murray Dance Center, we want to provide people with the best possible dance experience our dance studio has to offer. An essential part of creating a positive dance experience has to do with ensuring that people are in the right dance program for their skill level.


Arthur Murray Dance uses a four tier dance program that splits our dancers into groups based on four different levels.


The first level starts with our Basic/Newcomer/Introductory Dance Program. This dance program will best suit you if you have never taken a dance lesson before, or if your last dance lesson took place while you were still in diapers!


The second level continues with the Associate Bronze Program and the Full Bronze Program. The Associate Bronze Program will focus on improving your movement. The Full Bronze Program will focus on developing timing and technique when it comes to all types of social dances.


The third level will move onto our Silver Program. The Silver Program hones in on a high degree of style. We will teach you techniques, movements, and how to bring your own style to the dances you’re learning.


The fourth level will finish with our Gold Program. When you reach the Gold Program, you will be considered a professional dancer. In this level, our instructors will focus on choreography, style, technique, and showmanship. What you learn in our Gold Program you will want to wow people with on the dance floor (maybe even a competitive dance floor).

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If you’re uncertain as to which dance program would best fit your skill level, please visit our system page which further explains our dance programs. If you have any questions, give us a call today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we will get you signed up for the right dance program for you!

Topics: Dance Studio, dance lessons, dance schools, Learn To Dance

How To Avoid Dance Injuries

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

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Here at Arthur Murray Dance Center, we want to provide the best dance studio experience you’ve ever had. One way we want to ensure you will have a positive outcome from your dance lessons is to make sure you take the proper precautions so that you do not get injured.


We have created a set of guidelines for you to follow so that you can have the best dance class experience that is 100 percent injury free.


  • The best way to begin a dance class is to get warmed up. Arrive early to every class and allow yourself time to warm up your muscles in order to avoid injury.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You may see the professionals wearing shoes with a heel, but for your everyday dance class, it’s best to wear shoes you know you can move in without the fear of twisting an ankle.
  • If you’re feeling any kind of pain at all, take a break. It is not worth it to dance through the pain. When you feel pain, that’s your body's way of communicating that something is not right. Listen to your body, and take a break to determine if the pain is something that would cause a serious issue in the long run if it’s not attended to right away.
  • Pay attention to the proper techniques. Your dance instructor is not only there to teach you the dance moves, but to also teach you the proper techniques to complete each dance move. If you have questions about how to properly do something, ask! Your instructor and your body will thank you.
  • Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated will keep your body functioning well.
  • Don’t take on too much too quickly. If you’re a beginner when it comes to dance, don’t sign up for more lessons than your body can handle. Try to find a dance class that is spread out throughout the week. Then you can have one day on and one day off in order to allow your body to rest.
  • If you have a previous injury or any health related issues that might cause a problem when it comes to dancing, consult a doctor before you take your first dance class. You and your doctor can determine the right path for you when it comes to physical exercise.
  • Make sure you aren’t just warming up, but that you are also taking time for a proper cool down. It is just as important to stretch at the end of a workout as it is to stretch at the beginning.

If you have questions about what level dance class would be a good fit for you, or if you’re not sure if you could keep up with the level of activity in any given dance class, please feel free to call us with questions. We would love to consult with you on what dance program would be right for you and how you can achieve your personal dance goals.

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Find the Arthur Murray Dance Studio closest to you, and call about our dance programs today!

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