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Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

In Need of Some Inspiration? Try a Coaching Session

Arthur Murray Dance Studios of Central New Jersey

Why You Need a Coach and How to Get The Most Out of The Experience

An athlete, a businessman, and an artist walk into a room.

What do they have in common? The fact that they all hire coaches to help better them in their pursuits. So — maybe that anecdote isn’t clever or funny, but you get the picture.

Why do people need coaches, and how can you get the most of a coaching?

The first and most obvious reason is to have an outside pair of eyes look at your work then give you tips on how to make it better — this is a great reason, and we could stop there.

But coaches, sports coaches, life coaches, dance coaches or otherwise, do more than tell you “hey, do better” or “point your toes.” They inspire you to push yourself and set you on the right path to take your performance to the next level.

It often seems like “successful” people were born successful, or figured out how to work to their full potential on their own, or just somehow know how to get what they want. But, when we think about it, we all realize that people aren’t born knowing how to master any particular skill. Getting to the “next level” requires a lot more than repeating the same steps by ourselves on a daily basis.

Whether that next level be dancing competitively or feeling comfortable enough to say yes when somebody asks you to dance, coaching takes thinking out of the equation — coaches narrow down your focus to one specific change, creating attainable results that will affect the rest of your body, your mind, and your dancing.

More specifically, coaches:

  1. Help you to develop a vision and give you a mental framework to get there.
  2. Allow you to “update” and build upon the foundation you already have.
  3. Collaborate with you to create that skill update, by providing support and accountability that encourages students to try new and different actions that will produce results that matter to them.

If you’re thinking about taking a coaching here are some tips to get most out of it:

  1. Relax! Understand that these people have seen it all, experienced it all. They’re not there to criticize you, they’re there to open your mind and help connect mind and body.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or take notes. This will help the coach understand where you’re at mentally and physically. Go for it and show them the best that you’ve got so they have an accurate representation of where you are.
  3. Keep an open mind. Sometimes you may receive conflicting information — two different perspectives that may seem at odds with what you previously understood to be true or correct. Before rejecting the new information, try it out. See what works better for you. It’s dancing — usually there is no right or wrong, just what looks and feels more comfortable.

Whether you feel like you’ve hit a plateau in your dancing or you just want to give a new experience a try, the biggest benefit to taking a coaching is walking away with a new sense of inspiration. As you open yourself up to the coaching experience, the mind gives way to the body and clears room for a focused, relaxed state we don’t normally experience in our day-to-day lives.

Coaches coming to an Arthur Murray Central Jersey studio near you!

Amy Novotny coming June 18th and 19th. Amy Novotny is an Arthur Murray Finalist in Open Smooth, Salsa, Argentine Tango and Two-Step, and is a Champion in Open Hustle & West Coast Swing. She has traveled all over the United States and abroad to help dancers expand their knowledge at both the amateur and professional levels.

Daniel Heroux coming 21st and 22nd. Traveling all the way from Canada, this classically trained dancer, judge, adjudicator, traveling consultant and coach, and franchisee is extremely experienced at all levels of Arthur Murray.

Ron Christy coming June 28th & 29th. A Rising Star Rhythm Champion and Four-Time Country 2-Step Champion, not only is Ron a co-author of the Arthur Murray Syllabi for West Coast Swing and Country 2-Step, he’s also really nice.


Written by Jindalae Suh for Arthur Murray Central New Jersey

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Zach Clark
Zach Clark
Roxanne & Ben were invaluable in helping prep us for our wedding. What a fun and rewarding crash course in the art of the box step and twirl.
R VS
R VS
Ben and Roxanne are both such fun, skilled instructors! My fiancé and I had a four lesson “crash course” with them during which they helped us get ready for the first dance at our wedding. We haven’t had our wedding yet, but we feel so much more confident for the big day after learning the dance they choreographed for our song! We can’t wait to refine it and have a blast.
Daniel Brawand
Daniel Brawand
This place is really sweet. The instructors are all very knowledgeable, kind, and fun! You can tell they really put effort into building a sense of community and non judgement. A refreshing experience to be a part of the little Arthur Murray family for a while while I lived in this part of town. Highly recommend for anyone like me that doesn’t have any experience and wants to give it a go in a welcoming place with folks of all skill levels 👍.
Daniel Stevens
Daniel Stevens
Had our dance lessons here for our wedding. I went in not being able to keep a beat and with no dance knowledge. After just 2 months of classes I felt confident during mine and my wife’s first dance. We worked closest with Ben and he was excellent. Every time we got to work with Bob and Roxanne their enthusiasm rubbed off on us and we had a great time.
Sooseon Kim
Sooseon Kim
Arthur Murray/ An unforgettable Memory, Sooseon Kim “Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.” Hi. This is Susan Kim. I’m from Seoul, Korea. I want to share a very special experience I had during last summer. I was so lucky to join the ballroom dance classes for 2 weeks at Arthur Murray (Franchised Dance Centers), located in Highland Park, NJ After the first free lesson and consultation with the instructor, Ben, I instantly decided to register Arthur Murray and spend my time & energy on Ballroom dancing. Ben recommended me to choose ‘Starter Program Package’. At that time, I only had two weeks left before going back to Korea. He explained to me, “It would be great to experience as many as possible in various ways. Starter Program consists of Individual Lesson, Group Lesson and Practice Session. How was it? It was an absolutely awesome experience. All the teachers and staff were kind, friendly and gorgeous. Also, the atmosphere of the studio was very comfortable and convenient for the sake of students. Needless to say, Ben was a very gentle, professional and confident teacher. I instantly figured out how extremely well-qualified he was. I was amazed by not only his elaborate teaching skills but also his endless patience with his students.^^ Actually, I never expected that there was a decent dance studio near my place, New Brunswick. I only searched several dance centers in Manhattan and gave up easily due to an inconvenient location. That’s why I was so excited to find out Arthur Murray in Highland Park. “Exposure & Repetition” these two key words that Ben emphasized to me every time. Those two words are still kept in my mind.
Alice Carroll
Alice Carroll
We have loved our classes at Arthur Murray! My husband and I have always wanted to be able to dance at weddings and now we can and do! We enjoyed our beginners program so much that we signed up for the next level as a 30th anniversary present to ourselves. The teachers are all wonderful and so are our fellow students. Highly recommend!
Bob Gai
Bob Gai
Great place, awesome people.. You will love it there..!
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