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Arthur Murray Parramatta’s Two-Step to Success’ In The Parramatta Sun

Studio owners Melanie Sears and Mark Perkovich from Arthur Murray Parramatta were featured in the Parramatta Sun.

They say that business and pleasure don’t mix, and building a successful performing arts franchise is high risk. But Melanie Sears and Mark Perkovich have worked hard to turn their fancy footwork into a booming business. The pair showed Stacey Vanoska some of
their moves and their thriving Parramatta studio.

In the ballroom dancing world, Melanie Sears and Mark Perkovich are the elite. Members of the aristocracy. Looked up to by other dancers from around the world, both have awards and accolades too numerous to mention to prove they deserve this status.
Both have been champions in ballroom and latin and both have been dancing for more than 20 years, but about a year ago they decided they needed a new challenge. And so the Arthur Murray ballroom dance studio in the heart of Parramatta’s CBD was born.

Nestled amongst restaurants, cafes and clothing stores, the studio entry is quaint and unassuming, not hidden yet not boasting its existence. Which is much like the Arthur Murray School itself, which has been operating for
almost 100 years in countries all over the globe.

The first Arthur Murray dance school in Australia was opened in Bondi in 1963. Since then, the rich tradition of ballroom dancing through the Arthur Murray school has grown to create the likes of Melanie and Mark.

Melanie says teaching her art is a way to share her passion for dancing. “I love seeing people come in to try something new and leaving with a new sense of confi dence. And they have a really great time doing it.


Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very well.read more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate hobby.read more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17