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How To Perfect Your Posture

Weighty Question The distribution of your weight is very important in maintaining good posture, but it can change with the style of dance. In general, you should stand so that you’re evenly balanced between both legs. Rather than rocking back…

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How to perfect a dip

Whether you are slow dancing to a romantic love song or shaking your body to a high octane Latin number, nothing wows the crowd – or your partner – more than a daring dip. However, it will only be impressive…

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How to Perfect the Cuban Motion

Whichever style of Latin dance you choose to learn, you’ll need to get to grips with the idiosyncratic hip action of the Cuban Motion. Once you master what the Cubans do naturally when they dance, you will move in a fluid and…

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How to Do a Perfect Ballroom Pivot

Many people choose ballroom styles of dancing because they love the associated romance and elegance. Others choose them thinking that they are the easy option because they might be slower than some of the fast and furious Latin steps. However,…

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Dancing vs. Weight Lifting

Dancing can help strengthen both the muscles and bones, while weight lifting is epitomised by muscle bound bodies, but can one discipline help the other or are they poles apart? Builds muscles While body builders concentrate on perfecting each group…

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Dance is Good for Cardio

  For optimum fitness, you need to do cardiovascular work as well as muscle strengthening exercise. Dance is the perfect combination of both forms and is not as high impact as the traditional cardio sport of running. What is cardio …

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Which is Better for You – Yoga or Dancing?

There are many similar health benefits between the two disciplines and many dancers advocate yoga as a great way of keeping fit enough for their dance classes, but when compared and contrasted, it seems dancing is generally better for you.…

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Dance to Get a Beach Body

The summer is a time for shorts and t-shirts, but self-consciousness about all the wobbly bits means we tend to wear more than is sensible in the heat. For a fun, sociable way to get fit and tone up your…

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Dance Helps Problem Solving

5 Ways Dancing helps problem – solving James Brown was onto something when he said, ‘The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.’ Moving to a groove gets your heart pumping, improves your social life and…

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Is Dancing a Sport

Is dancing a hobby, a sport, fitness trend, social activity, skill, or all five? Part of the appeal of dancing is that it keeps you fit and healthy without a need for Lycra or a treadmill. It also helps you socialise…

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Dancing Is Good For Your Muscles

Dancing is a fun and social way of getting regular exercise, but it’s also terrific at toning up your muscles and trimming down the fat. Each style benefits a different set of muscles, so why not try each one in…

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Our top 10 dance film picks

There are so many great movies about dancing, that picking a final top ten is almost impossible. Some popular movies, such as the Step Up series and Magic Mike, didn’t make the grade as they haven’t yet proven their longevity;…

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Why dancing lessons are great for couples

Learning to dance not only gets you fit and keeps your mind active, but it can also help rekindle a fading passion between a couple by nurturing a closer relationship. At Arthur Murray, we can help you and your partner…

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Why dancing fascinates us

Dance has been an important part of society ever since man stood upright on two feet – from celebrations and rituals, to competitions and society events, as a solo artist, in pairs or as part of an ensemble. Dance is…

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Dancing is good for resilience

We all know that dance is good for keeping the body fighting fit, and we’ve explored how it can also help mental agility, but did you know that learning and mastering dance techniques can also help you be more resilient…

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What to wear to a social dance club

At Arthur Murray, we understand that it’s important to feel comfortable with both your footwork and your outfit for your first foray onto the social dance floor, so as well as offering dancing lessons we have compiled some key wardrobe…

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Dancing is good for your relationship

Whether you are a new couple, preparing for your wedding, starting a family or happily celebrating a milestone anniversary, there is nothing better than dancing to bring you closer to your partner. Rather than the hard work often associated with…

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A Guide to Dance Club Etiquette

There’s nothing better than dancing the night away and testing fun new moves, but you need to consider a few simple ‘rules’ before getting out on the social dance floor. With these basics in mind, you’ll have a memorable time…

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Dancing Is Good For Your Muscles

Dancing is a fun and social way of getting regular exercise, but it’s also terrific at toning up your muscles and trimming down the fat. Each style benefits a different set of muscles, so why not try each one in…

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A New generation of Dance Instructor is Born

Chris Michaels, our Crows Nest Franchisee, has been fortunate enough to be a part of a select few of Robotics engineers to become part of one of the biggest robotics companies in the world, Aldebaran Robotics. Even though these developers…

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Prevent Alzheimer’s disease- DANCE !

Alzheimer’s disease effects the brain, our memory, thinking, and behavioral functions, just to name a few. It is certainly something to try and avoid through keeping the brain active. An ongoing research relating Alzheimer’s and Ballroom dancing has continuously confirmed…

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Its never too late to Learn to Dance

Rarely do we have the privilege to wish Happy Birthday to someone whose age has three digits ! Such is the case with Evlyn Kavanagh a student at our Arthur Murray Studio in Vancouver BC, where she is affectionately called…

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Pick Up Good Habits Now!

There are a lot of new students walking through the door. You all have the chance to develop some really good habits right from the start. To our veteran stu-dents… Re-member, it is NEVER too late to start picking up…

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Tip of the Month

Know your slow. When you dance, be mindful of your slow beats. These should be held as long as possible in your Latin dances. Hold the count with your feet and dance through it with your body… That is where…

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Adelaide Halloween Party

Students at Arthur Murray’s Adelaide dance school got in to the true spirit of the holiday with fancy dress costumes, all the guys and goals had a great night of dancing and partying.

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Tip of the Month: October

Quality over quantity! It’s not about how many steps you know, it’s about how you dance them. Keep patient when learning steps. Spend time on them and do them well. Make that Bronze I step look like a Bronze 4…

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He Said… She Said…

Learning to dance with your partner should be fun, easy, and stress free. That being said, there are times where, as couples, we tend to lose sight of what’s really im-portant— having fun! There are some things you should consider…

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How Do I Pick My First Routine?

There are many routines to pick from when deciding, for the first time, just what to do on your first time out on the floor! As teachers, we will always try to help you pick which one would be best…

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Flash Dance Mob of Sound of Music

Over 200 dancers performed Sound of Music’s “Do Re Mi” in the Central Station of Antwerp- Belgium as a flash dance mob. Apparently only two rehearsals were had and the whole this was a promotional stunt for a Belgium television…

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But What Shall I Wear?

Many students ask how to dress for their first event. This is an understandable question if you haven’t been to a showcase or DOR before. There are a few answers that come to mind that I have ranked most important.…

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Why Do We Love to Dance?

Do you remember the first day you stepped into the studio? Like many, I am sure you were feeling mixed emotions— anxiety, excitement, maybe even a little fear, etc… All of those feelings are perfectly normal and developed into your…

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Dance Away Alzheimer’s

There has always been research having to do with pre-venting Alzheimer’s. This disease effects brain, memory, thinking, and behavioral functions, to name a few. It is certainly something to try and avoid through keeping the brain active. An ongoing research…

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Group Classes!

Private lessons are and always will be the foundation of your learning… Just like a healthy diet, however, we have our foundation and we have supple-ments to improve our health. Think of group classes as the vitamins and supplements to…

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Practice Makes Perfect!

Many of you may know that age old cliché , ―practice makes perfect‖. This is so true for dancing! At any given time, you can probably spot some of our students practic-ing their skills in the ballroom. However, we know…

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Stretching For Dancing

All dancers need flexibility, no matter what dance they specialise in. It allows us to move with less strain, stay balanced, and stay comforta-ble. That being said, many people engage in stretching in ways that can do more harm than good. Let’s…

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