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New Years Resolution To Dance

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Every year, most of us make New Year’s Resolutions. But come mid-January, or late-February if you’re lucky, most of those promises we made to ourselves as the clock struck 12 and Sydney Harbour lit up in a thousand bright lights have long fallen at the wayside.

Keeping promises to yourself is hard, no one is disputing that. But there are ways to mitigate the likelihood of you giving up or forgetting your goals when life begins to get busy again.

Find something you love

This one seems like a no-brainer, yet so many people feel that the only way to reach their fitness goals is to sign up for the gym and let’s be honest, the gym absolutely isn’t for everyone. But just because you despise the idea of spending an hour on a treadmill (so do we!), it doesn’t mean sport or exercise isn’t for you. If you love going out for a boogie at a nightclub or find yourself shaking your tail feather when your favourite tune comes on the radio, you’re likely going to enjoy exercise a lot more if it involves moving your body to music… because it just doesn’t feel like exercise!

Book it in advance

One of the great things about dance classes, is that they’re exactly that: classes. And classes have a set time and date attached to them each week. Unlike an open-ended gym membership where you can go anytime and often find yourself putting it off, you pay up front for a dance class that is scheduled into your diary in advance. This in itself can be a great motivator, as you know in advance that you are committed to the class and will schedule your life around it. Look, you’ve just made time for regular exercise! That’s a massive step in the right direction.

Bring a friend

If you need a greater motivator than “I’ve paid for it so I need to get my money’s worth”, then sign up for a class with a friend. Partner dancing doesn’t require a friend (we can match you up with another single!), but having someone who is relying on you to show up and play your part means that if you cancel, you let the team down. You’re also more likely to enjoy exercise if you have someone there as a personal motivator, as well as someone to laugh with when you inevitably do something silly like trip over your own two feet.

Find a motivator

It can be hard to keep going when you hit a wall, so having something to help you push through that plateau is vital. For some people, it’s as simple as following someone on Instagram or YouTube who is the kind of dancer you’d like to be, for others it might be buying a special dance outfit that you can wear to an amateur competition because your personal goal is to compete one day for the thrill of it. Find the right motivator to help you reach your fitness goal and it will no longer feel like a burden, but something to look forward to each week!


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