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Never too old to dance!

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Why it’s never too late to learn to dance and how you can start

The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” has been debunked time and time again, yet too often people insist that they’ve got two left feet and are far too old to correct it, or that dancing is a ‘young person’s game’ and it’s all just too fast paced. But for those passionate enough about dancing, age is but a number and there’s a style of dance to suit you. So lace up your shoes, button up a shirt that makes you feel fabulous and let us show you that dancing is for people of all ages.

Any movement is good movement

If you’re lifting your heart rate a few times a week for more than 30 minutes, you’re doing the right thing by your body. Moving your body can help fight several diseases, as well as helping you keep that fit, young feeling for a lot longer, but you don’t need to engage in the gym or going for long runs to do this. One of the best ways to achieve fitness at any age, while still having fun, is to dance. Regardless of whether your last dance was an awkward boogie at a relative’s wedding that you regret now you’ve seen the photos, you probably have fond memories of moving your body to music from some stage in your life. So look beyond the fast paced, trick-heavy hip hop of today, because there’s a style of dance out there for you.

Get in touch with your younger self

Reminiscing about the past is a normal part of being human, and something to be celebrated: living long enough to tell wonderful stories about your youth is something that you should feel lucky to be able to do and that more young people should appreciate. So bring a little part of your past to life with dance classes. Whether it was swing, foxtrot, or something different entirely that got you moving in your younger days, it’s never too late to revisit the steps that once made up a huge part of your life. You might even be able to teach those young guns a thing or two!

Start small

No one won a gold medal on their first go, so there’s no need to commit to a whole season of dance classes before you’re ready. Attend a few different styles of dance classes before committing can help you make an informed decision. After all, how do you know if you like Salsa dancing or not before you try it? On the flip side, you might be keen on foxtrot, only to realise you’re more suited to cha cha after a few lessons. As a bonus, Arthur Murray offers first timers their first lesson free, so that you can experiment with a few styles, as well as discover your dance level ability without breaking the bank.

Have fun

Competitiveness can be fun, and is important in many aspects of your life, but in the early stages of learning to dance, there is no rush to be the best in the class. The most important thing you can do is be the person having the most fun, as those who enjoy themselves are not only the ones who improve the fastest, they also stand the highest chance of making a new friend or two – and that’s gotta be worth dancing for.


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