5 Myths We Tell Ourselves Before Dance-O-Rama

Dance-O-Rama is almost finally here! You're all signed up, the big day is approaching, then all of a sudden, these terrible thoughts pop into your head and panic sets in. Oh no! Luckily, we've heard them all before and know how to demystify them as quickly as they appear. Here are 5 myths we tell

What Did Your Teachers Do Last Weekend?

What did your teachers do last weekend? Dancing of course! Once a year all of the instructors, managers, and Franchisees from Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado get together and participate in a 2-Day training experience called Fall Forum. With over 170 Arthur Murray professionals in attendance, the weekend was full of teaching and dance

Who Was Arthur Murray?

Arthur Murray’s life story is one of the quintessential American Dream. Born in a small town in Austria-Hungary in 1895 and raised in New York City, Arthur built a dancing empire from humble beginnings. What he initially saw as a great means to overcome his shy nature and meet girls transformed a modest and hard-working

What is Interpretive Dance?

Imagine you’re at a Broadway show, watching a main character’s solo.  She’s feeling desolate and shows her emotions in a moving dance performance.  She hides her face, reaches up as if pleading, sways from side to side in the agony of her desperation and ends crumpled in a ball on the floor.  This is a

3 Salsa Dancing Questions People Are Afraid to Ask

Salsa is cool, no doubt about it. If you’re a bit skeptical, go out and see for yourself. It wouldn’t take too long for you to meet someone who knows a great place to practice some serious Salsa moves. Indeed, it sizzles—like a red-hot Spanish chili smothered with piquant spices grown in the Caribbean.

How Dancing Once a Day Does More For You Than a Glass of Wine

Have you ever had one of those days where you just need to kick back with a blushing glass of red? As with our favorite activity, dancing, wine is a great way to unwind, and it may just be good for us. We’ve all heard it before – a glass of wine a day does

Six Tips to Making a Theatrical Routine from a Pro

Christina Campbell, an executive at the Orange Studio, certified examiner and smooth competitor, also dabbles in Theater Arts. This type of dancing centers on making theatrical ballroom routines that create an entrancing story. With carefully chosen music, costumes and choreography, a theatrical routine requires more planning than a normal solo. Here's her expert advice to

Famous Dance Designers and the Outfits They’ve Created

Dance and the Constraints Dress Imposes Until two-hundred years ago, dancers wore what they normally wore – their street clothes – though often in a more elaborate form. If the dancer’s dress in the normal course of events was a laced corset or a farthingale, that would also be what she wore on the dance

The Correct Tempos for Latin Dance

Latin Dance Tempos Latin dance is a distinctive but varied group of dances that include the Bolero, Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Pasa Doble, Rumba, Salsa, and Samba. Each of these lively dances has a distinctive style and rhythm. Like many ballroom dances, the tempo depends on the music, context and style. Competitions have specific tempo

Dance Festivals Around the World

Dance Festivals are for Everyone One of the greatest aspects of dance is that it is beloved universally. Dance is used as a means of personal expression, as a way to celebrate your heritage, and as an exercise to let off some steam with friends and loved ones. Dance is also about exploration – not