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Russell Dawes’ learns to dance with Arthur Murray Adelaide Part 2

Since writing about my first experiences I have continued to practice and become more confident on the dance floor each week. I decided to perform in the Arthur Murray Show Case. This is where students show off with their instructors with a 3 minute choreographed by the instructor a dance of their choice infront of a huge audience.

I decided to do the Cha Cha as I wanted to push myself. My instructor put together a fancy routine and had loads of bling, pizzazz and more bling. I did steps that were at a much higher level which was fantastic.

Show cases can take upto 6 months to prepare. So we practised and practised again, as they say practise makes perfect. Each time when I thought I had finished learning new things, my instructor would highlight another area to focus on. One night she said to me “Tonight we are going to talk about facial expressions” ….What the !!!!!!!

Then we organised our costumes for the big night, more bling to match the bling steps.

One week before the actual night, we all had a dress rehearsal at the venue. There were 18 showcases in all, so after a few social champagnes (to calm the nervous) we started to run through all the routines. When it came to my turn, I was already so nervous and unfortunately the rehearsal was a total sham, it was awful. So much so that I wanted to pull out and not perform at all.

But after a week of soul searching, we went ahead.

On the night, everyone was dressed to the ‘nines’ as it was a formal occasion with loads of social dancing as well as the Show Cases and also a 3 course meal.

After my performance I was SO happy that it was over, but also I was happy with my performance. I was so glad that I did the show case and would totally recommend it to anyone learning to dance. It is different to classes and gives you another level of confidence when on the dance floor.

Russell Dawes


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