Archive for September, 2011
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 when learning with your partner. I have outlined 5 of the most important rules to remember when learning to dance with that special someone.
First… Make sure you don’t find fault with each other. Remember, the teacher is there to teach. Try and avoid pointing something out that the other is doing because, remember, they are learning too.
Second… It’s not how many steps you know— it’s how you execute them! Don’t get impatient… Make sure that you are both executing the original steps well before you try to take on too much too soon. It will make you much better dancers in the long run!
Third… Ease up ladies. In teaching couples, we have learned that men typically progress slower because they have more to do and tend to be more analytical or mechan-ical. Women, on the other hand, feel movement quicker and therefore it is critical that ladies don’t get too impatient with their partner.
Fourth… Keep your les-sons as close together as possible! Using your lessons in conjunction with group classes and socials is so im-portant to ensure you make speedy progress and gain confidence as soon as possi-ble.
Fifth… Communicate with your teacher! Make sure if something is feeling uncom-fortable or you are not un-derstanding something, ask your teacher FIRST before laying blame to your partner. This will ensure that the right solutions are being utilized. 9 times out of 10 it isn’t solely our partner’s fault— It takes two to tango…
All in all, we want to make sure that our couples have the most fun learning with each other. The most im-portant thing is that you are here to have fun. Remember, you don’t practice 9 hours a day training for a competition so you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourselves to do well. Like anything else, it will take time and it is a constant learning process. Dancing is like fine wine— It gets better with age… Just enjoy the journey because when you learn to dance with your partner, it should be fun!
As Gentleman, you have a certain job to fulfil on the dance floor— To guide the lady. We are here to take care of the lady so that she is free to dance to her full potential. We, as gentle-man, are the frame and the lady is the picture. Here are some basic etiquette rules to follow when dancing with your part-ner to ensure everyone has a good time.
First, and foremost, we always want to make sure that lady is comfortable dancing… So try never to dance her through things you don’t think she knows. Sometimes this is ok, but don’t use your knowledge to show-off in the wrong way. Dancing lady
through steps you don’t think she knows is not considered couth or gen-tlemanly. If you go too overboard with fancy steps, you may deter the lady from dancing with you in the future.
The second, under no cir-cumstances should you EVER dance an advanced dance with them if you haven’t before or if you know for a fact that they don’t know that dance. For example, Viennese Waltz. A dance like this is dangerous for both lady and gentleman if they are not used to dancing it with each other or dancing it in general. People can end up hurt if they try to do this dance too fast or with-out practice first. So be smart in choosing your partner for a fast Viennese Waltz. And, likewise, if
you do not know the dance, don’t attempt it without consulting your teacher.
The Third and final rule: NEVER LET THE LADY SIT OUT! This is more toward etiquette before entering the dance floor. This should be implied but, remember, traditional-ly, it is up to the man to invite lady onto the dance floor. So make sure you ask everyone to dance! (Ladies, in these modern times, you CAN ask gen-tlemen to dance as well.)
In September, 1960, after a 10 year and 2 month run, The Arthur Murray Television Show, AKA “The Arthur Murray Party”, hosted by Arthur & Kathryn Murray, airs its last episode. Basically a long commercial/ dance variety show for the Dance Studio, a contest was held each week— Whomever could guess the dance that Arthur and Kathryn were doing, would win 2 free lessons in the studio. This show was 1 of only 4 shows that was broadcasted on all 4 major television networks during the “Golden Age of Televi-sion”.
Share your wishes with someone close — you’ve got the right kind of social energy to forge a deeper bond if you desire it. You may find that your energy is just right for something better.
The Arthur Murray Take:
With the upcoming Showcase in March, make sure you take advantage of any rou-tines you might want to do! It’s time to take your dancing to the next level with your partner, whether it’s your teacher or intimate partner!
Jill and Kevin never thought their wedding ceremony entrance would go so viral, generating over 65.5 million views on YouTube to date.
They decided to channel this positivity to a good cause and support the Sheila Wellstone Institute which is helps communities bring an end to domestic violence. They have raised an incredible $34,600 by 1,337 donors as of 9/29/2010.