Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey
Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

5 Common Misconceptions About Ballroom Dancing

1. I’ll never be able to look like the dancers I watch on TV If you’ve ever had the thought while watching your favorite dance show “I’ll never be able to dance like that,” there are some things you should realize about those shows: a. Those people you see flying across the screen have been eating, sleeping, and breathing partner dancing for their entire lives, or at least for a very intensive period of time. b. The secret to their

Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

The History of Swing Dance
What is swing dance, where did it come from, and can I dance it?

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire A lot of Arthur Murray students recall seeing their parents do the jitterbug or the lindy hop on the dance floor when they were kids. But what exactly is swing dance, can it be done to modern music, and is it realistic for you to dance it? Where Did Swing Come From? It can be hard to pin down the exact etymology of dance, since, like language, there are many stories and legends behind each dance style’s origins. Developed

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Head to Toe : How Ballroom Dancers Use Their Feet

Ever watch your favorite dance show and wonder what exactly makes one dance different from the next? There are two general categories of dance in the ballroom world; smooth dances vs rhythm dances. Save the long gowns and mini skirts, one of the main differences between the two is how dancers use their feet. Footwork is one of the most important skills dancers can have. But before we get to the feet, just what is a rhythm or a smooth

Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

The Dancer Within

What Studio Events Can Do For You A Dancing Extravaganza I’m sure you’ve heard it around the studio, murmurs of night of dinner and dancing, the buzz from teachers and students; it’s Arthur Awards season at Arthur Murray Central New Jersey! Events in the studio may seems mysterious or intimidating, especially when you’ve just started your dance journey. Any event that a studio can put on for its students is designed to be fun and a rewarding experience. Just remember:

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Screen Time < Dance Time

How Learning to Dance Reconnects You With Your Community One of the best things about learning to dance isn’t actually about the dancing at all. Dancing is about making connections and finding a community. We spend a lot of our time busy on the screen and we forget how to connect with people right here, one on one. A lot of people who learn to dance with Arthur Murray do so while also learning how to reconnect with the people

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Transform Your Body And Have a Blast Doing It

Dancing for an hour burns about 400 calories. Not to mention, it gives you a rush of feel-good endorphins and lifts mood, improves heart health, and is a life-long low-impact skill. You see it all the time at Arthur Murray, students walking out of their lessons, sweaty but smiling and on a high. It makes a lot of the instructors happy to see their students’ bodies changing, not just dance-wise, but dropping weight, seeing them less awkward when they look

Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

Overcome Your Shyness, Find Your Community, Be Yourself

Want to get rid of the butterflies in your stomach every time you talk to a new person or get on the dance floor? There are ways you can overcome that shyness — it’s a learned skill. This year is the year to do something about it! How Dance Helps You Overcome Shyness There are many people who come to a dance studio in hopes that dance will help them overcome their shyness. If you google “how to overcome shyness, you will

Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

Make The Time You Spend Together Mean Something

How Dancing Can Change Your Relationship Our lives are really busy; we don’t really have time to spend with each other as a couple or as friends or anyone that’s special to us, as much as we may want to. Dancing puts you in a perfect position to make time with someone that is meaningful, that is deep, that is built on a real connection — a dance connection. Whether it be kids, school, or work, dancing gives you that date-night that

Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

Why Dance Is The Key To Happiness

How Dance Lets You Grow To New Heights “Dance has given to me is the freedom to be able to be myself, my authentic self, and knowing that that’s ok. You would be amazed to see how somebody starts out the very first time dancing, and how they are just a few short weeks after — how the blossom and how they grow. And how much happier and fulfilled they feel in their lives.” Daniela, who is part of the Arthur Murray

Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

Command The Room’s Attention: Standing With Confidence & Poise

Take it from an Arthur Murray Professional; it’s not just those born graceful who can become “dancers.” Anybody can learn how to dance, and anybody can learn to look and feel more graceful, confident, and powerful. Jindalae, an Arthur Murray Instructor, can attest; “Before I started dancing I didn’t feel as though I had any grace or any poise whatsoever. But as I learned more I had to do things like stretch to connect better with my partner or keep

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