Dancing with Toronto Celebrities is Only 8 Weeks Away!

Clear your calendars on June 16th! Ask your instructor today about tickets for this exciting event! Support team North York at a Dancing With The Stars inspired charity event! The best part is that it is all for a good cause!

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5 Advantages to Learning How to Dance

5 Advantages to Learning How to Dance On Your Own-by Chris Lyman 07 Tuesday Mar 2017 Posted by Arthur Murray North York in Studio Information ≈ Leave a comment The 5 Advantages of Learning How to Dance On Your Own There are times where patience is a virtue, and times when you’ve got to keep on truckin. Whether you have been waiting for someone to learn with you, or you’re just looking for your entry point into this fun and healthy hobby – it’s time to make things abundantly clear. Learning to dance on your own has some great advantages. Here are 5.  1. Your Own Pace Imagine if you, and your entire office, hired one personal trainer. As noble as it may seem to get you and your colleagues in shape, you’d be stuck working towards an average goal, instead of a specific one. Advantage: Learning on your own allows you to work on your dance journey at a pace that is specific to you and your learning style. 2. Your Own Role In social dancing, you are either focusing on being a Leader or a Follower. Much like Offense and Defense in football, each role has its own, specific skills to make it work. Adding another person/role to the lesson splits the focus on developing that role. Advantage: Learning on your own allows you to focus in on your specific role in social dancing. 3. Personal Hobby Social Dancing can be enjoyed as a hobby, with or without a partner. In some cases, there are those with spouses who don’t like the idea of dancing, and may never will, but have plenty of hobbies of their own. A hobby doesn’t always have to be a shared activity, just like a favorite style of movie, or food. It can be a personal preference, and should be something that is fulfilling. Advantage: Hobbies don’t have to be shared activities. 4. Exercise The most physically active types of lessons are those where the teacher is dancing and teaching the student one on one. There are fewer stops in the action, and the professional will ensure that the student is always pushing past their dancing, and fitness, comfort zone. Advantage: Learning one on one delivers the best possible fitness results with dancing. 5. Motivation Let’s say you are interested in learning, but your spouse isn’t. Nothing, and we mean nothing, will motivate a resistant spouse to dance more than if their other half starts taking lessons. It’s the ultimate way to call their bluff, to show them that it isn’t just some whimsical idea, and that you’re perfectly willing to go it alone if necessary. Advantage: Starting on your own may be the best way to motivate a hesitant, and potential, dance partner. Final Thought Ballroom Dancing can go by different names – social dancing, touch dancing, or dancesport – but the name that can throw many people off is “partner dancing”. It’s easy to assume that this requires someone to have a partner to begin dance lessons, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Athletes begin to learn their skill before they are ever on a team. Most singers begin singing far before they join a band. So why should dancing be any different? A great dancer will learn how to dance, and then choose to have a dance partner. No partner, no problem. Your hobby is waiting for you, and you’ve waited long enough. Credit: http://www.arthurmurraylive.com/blog/5-advantages-to-learning-how-to-dance-on-your-ownBlog

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8 Reasons To Continue Your Dance Lessons After Your Wedding


Don’t Make Your First Dance, Your Last Dance

You performed a great first dance.

There was shock, tears, even heart palpatations… and that was just in the lobby while you were warming up.  So what do you do now that your big day is behind you?

1. Bragging Rights

Dancing together is a skill that not many couples can say they share together.  Taking lessons after your wedding dance makes you “That Dancing Couple” instead of “That Couple Who Danced that One time.”

Test it Out! – If you have another couple you see often, ask them what they did over the weekend.  When they return the question, casually mention that you took Tango lessons, and then went out for drinks.  Attempt to change the subject, and watch how quickly they repeat the word:  “Tango!?”

2. “May I Have This… Spontaneous Moment?”

What if you could dance, anytime, anyplace without hesitation?  With the confidence you learned from your first dance, your future dancing will be perfect for turning you from a one-time performer, to spontaneous dancers.  Have the urge to Tango at the hardware store, or Salsa on a cruise ship?  While everyone else is falling into their “marriage routine”, you two can focus on the skills that allow you to become spontaneous dancers.

3. Solve Problems

Sometimes a simple disagreement can cause couples to lose sight of what is most important. Dancing has a way of pressing the refresh button.  Think of how flimsy an apology can sound, but imagine if it started with a romantic, spontaneous (see #2), Rumba to start. Learning to dance is an extremely effective problem solving tool, and it keeps you closer to the highest priority:  your connection to each other.

Test it Out! – Try this when you’re not in an argument, or if that’s your current situation, apply this immediately.  Here’s the plan:  The Kitchen Dance.  At some point, while in the kitchen, approach your spouse, put their left hand over your head to your right shoulder, and sway side to side.  Whenever you’re ready, take your left foot forward into your secret weapon:  the Rumba Box.  You’re welcome.  

4. Facetime

Let’s, um… face it? Life, work, and starting a family will make it harder and harder to spend face to face time with each other now that you’re married.  A regularly scheduled dance lesson is the solution.  Even if you didn’t learn a thing (impossible), you’d still have a regular appointment to make eye contact, connect, flirt, and learn something together – no matter how crazy your life has become.

5. The Best Wedding Gift

If your wedding pictures are a glimpse into how happy you are, then what did your first dance say?  What if that was just a preview of exciting dance-related things to come?  What if you asked your spouse to become your dance partner?  There aren’t many brides that will want to exchange that gift for something else.

6. Our Dance Night

These days, it seems like every night is TV night.  The Poker Nights, Bowling Leagues, and Bridge parties seem like some distant generation you’ve only heard about on… TV.  You can change it.  Dance Night.  Set at least a night or two up where you’re doing something fun, social, and physical together.  Grab dinner, take a lesson or two, and go back for dessert.


7. Get Dressed Up

Being married doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, go out, get dressed up, and socialize.  Have outfits in your closet that you are saving for a special occasion? As a part of the Arthur Murray community your social calendar will fill up, and that let’s you get glammed up.  Do you have a disco shirt that you just can’t part with?  Fret not, Arthur Murray offers plenty of costume events as well.

8. Insurance Policy

Unfortuately, many people wait until disaster strikes to buy insurance.  Think of your lessons as marriage insurance.  It may sound silly, but there are many couples that come to take lessons only when their marriage has experienced a disaster.  Sometimes the damage is too severe. Starting your dance lessons when things are going well can do something even the best car insurance can’t do:  Prevent problems from happening.

Final Thoughts

Learning to dance isn’t a cure-all, but it’s close.  Great marriages are built on trust, communication, and teamwork.  The same can be said for learning to lead, follow, and move as a unit on the dance floor.

Whether it is your date night, marriage insurance, or strenghtening an already strong bond between you two, one thing is for sure – it is not by accident.  At Arthur Murray, the positive results of your dance lessons are as much a part of the goal setting process as the moves and turns you learn.

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Dance Lesson Escape Plan for Busy Parents by Chris Lynam

After a 72 hour marathon fever, dozens of diaper changes, and frequent use of teething crackers as a snack item – you need to do something that feels adult, and human.

These days, alcohol, using profanity, or watching an R-rated movie can provide a temporary resurfacing to the adult world. To truly feel like a man and a woman together, you need to do something that allows you some time to yourselves that connects you together.

[Sleep is not an option. Let’s face it – every parent knows that won’t happen for another 18 years.]

You need an escape plan. 

The Dance Lesson Escape Plan for Busy Parents

STEP 1: Enlist The Help

One Babysitter, Multiple activities

Do whatever you can to avoid hiring a babysitter for a single 45 minute dance lesson. The goal for your escape plan is to make the most of your time away. Find a great babysitter (we recommend Care.com), and have an agenda that includes at least two dance activities, and drinks or dinner afterwards. The guilt may get the best of you, but you can do this. Stick to the plan.

Idea: Many of our parent-students will stack their lessons together. Let’s be honest, it takes at least 30 minutes to depressurize out of kid mode, so – if you can – try two lessons together. Going further – combine your private appointments with a group class and practice party and you’ve got a date night for the ages.

STEP 2: Feel No Guilt. Don’t Look Back

All You Need is Perspective

Look at your non-dancing friends who have kids. How many of them can say that they went salsa, tango, or swing dancing? While you’re driving to your lesson, they’ll be pressed up against their windows mouthing the words “help”.

Idea: Once your dance date night is firmly established, you can reach out and lend help to the distress calls of your other friends with children via the Arthur Murray guest referral program. They may offer you a large bounty of home cooked food or a bucket of slightly used crayons.

STEP 3: Temporary Change Of Identity

Cover Your Tracks With These Dance Aliases

There are certain dances that instantly change your normal parental identity. Need something South American? Try dances like the Tango or Samba. Eastern European? Perhaps we can recommend a Waltz. Need something with more flair? The Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Zouk are popular options with loads of pre-children steamy nightclub sex appeal.

Idea: Many dancing parents have their most exciting vacations scheduled 18 years from now. Until then, use your dance lessons as a “Staycation”.

STEP 4: Expect The Unexpected

No Babysitter, No Problem

In a perfect world, you’d have Mary Poppins on retainer and your date night and parenting schedule would be “practically perfect in every way.” In reality, you’ve got to duck and dodge your way through life’s little scheduling jabs and have options.

So you’ve got no babysitter. No biggie.

Plenty of students utilizie plenty of options to make sure their regular dose of humanity-via-dancing stays uninterrupted.

Try these:

  • Split-Shift: The leader goes into the lesson to work on sending great signals. Mom stays home with the kids. After an hour, you switch places. The last one back brings wine and ice cream to celebrate.
  • Ballroom-Bjorn: There’s something about an infant sleeping that makes your dance frame unbelieveable. Load your child into the hands-free baby carrier of your choice, take a dance hold, and watch how smooth and steady your dancing becomes. Celebrations, however, must be kept to a whisper.
  • Solo Assignment: If the split shift doesn’t work, a special assignment works wonders and keeps your progress uninterruped. This is great for adding some extra fun-surprises into your repetoire that can make your next visit together even more exciting.
  • Family Affair: Depending on the ages, and sugar intake, of your kids – you are always welcome to bring them with you to the studio. It’s amazing how a coloring book, snack, or iPad can do.

STEP 5: Multiple Escape Routes

You Have A Unique Set Of Skills, Seize Every Opportunity To Use Them

Parents will occasionally get a lifeline to interact with their adult counterparts. Things like wedding receptions, office parties, and reunions are great examples of these. Knowing how to dance gives you a built in reason for attending. The number of evite.com “Maybes” to “Definitely Going” goes up immediately the moment you have some dance skills in your pocket.

Idea: Load up on slow, medium, and fast tempo dances to maximize your time on the dance floor.

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Final Thoughts

We have parent-students that start their dancing at many different stages in their parenting life. The last thing we would want is for you to wait until the nest is empty to connect with your spouse. Trying this out while your kids are still in the house can add a skill that your whole family can enjoy… your happiness.


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Benefits of Dancing

Hello, Dance Lovers!

We found a neat article about the many benefits of dancing. Read on, this might change your life!

THE BENEFITS OF DANCING by Barbara Craddock, a professional dancer since the age of fifteen and more than fourty years of performance and teaching experience.

1. Forever Young. Dancing is tremendously beneficial in keeping us young. It retards the aging process immensely. It benefits our heart, cardiovascular system, and increases our lung capacity. Fact: The muscle exertion and breathing rates of dancers performing in one dance competition is equivalent to those of cyclists, swimmers and an Olympic -level 800-meter runner.

2. Strong Bones, Lubricated Joints. Dance aids in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, which is a major concern for woman, especially during post-menopause because of the significant drop in estrogen that occurs at this stage. A decrease in our estrogen levels is what stops calcium from being absorbed into our bones. Dance also keeps joints lubricated, which helps prevent arthritis.

3. Calorie Blaster. Dance exercises our bodies to allow for increased circulation. It helps us burn those calories away, while improving our stamina. It is estimated that dance burns anywhere from 5 to 10 calories per minute depending on speed and intensity. For example, swing and mambo burn more calories than a slow waltz. Check out approximately how many calories you burn while dancing to your own tune in the table below:

100lb 125lb 150lb 175lb 200lb
Ballroom, Latin, Salsa 264 330 396 462 528
Waltz, Foxtrot 144 180 216 252 288

4. Better Blood. New research has discovered that it is necessary to measure both good and bad cholesterol levels when determining our health. Dancing aids in lipid control, which raises our HDL (good cholesterol), and lowers our LDL (bad cholesterol). Dancing is also great for diabetics because it aids in blood sugar control.

5. Mental Mastery. Dance improves our memory by making us recall steps, routines and dance patterns making it a great mental exercise for our brains. The big benefit is that increasing mental exercise keeps your mind young, quick, alert, and open.

6. It’s All About Balance. Balancing yourself in one position may be easy, but balancing in the numerous types of position involved in dancing is much more difficult. Dancers have mastered the ability to balance themselves in a number of positions. This strengthens our stabilizer muscles, while protecting our core and keeping us less prone to injury in our daily lives. Dancing also aids in co-ordination and helps strengthen our reflexes. It is a great way to keep our Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System in tip-top shape by improving the connection of our bodies to our mind.

7. Socially Satisfying. Dancing is recreational and entertaining. It creates a social life for us, while affording us the opportunity to make new friends. Friends help us grow, make us laugh and support us as we learn.

8. Culturally Diverse. Dancing has no cultural barriers. People from all parts of the world, with different ideologies, meet on the dance floor. Cultural interaction improves our health by expanding our mind and sharing our spirit!

9. Groomed to Perfection. Dancing is not only fun and romantic, but it helps promote good grooming because everybody wants to look his or her best while they dance. Good grooming keeps us healthy by keeping us high on hygiene.

10. A Happy Self. Dance elevates our mood by raising our endorphin levels. This is what allows us to heal stress and depression – two of our immune system’s biggest enemies! It helps us establish our self-confidence and self-discipline. It improves the harmony between our mind and body, giving us a sense of well-being.

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Month In Review

Hi all it’s Michael back again with another month in review.  February was so good I am dubbing it FABRUARY because it truly was fabulous.  This month was full of great themed super fun parties.  So let’s go back, and break it all down.


February 3rd was our “I  New York” party to celebrate where Mr. Murray started it all. The 100 year celebration is at our heels so we decided to bring NY to the studio.  The staff dressed up as different neighborhoods of the great city.  I gave Cat the nickname Miss. Meow since she was representing the artsy vibe ofSoho.  Lucia and Sergei where ourPark Ave. prince and princess, and the lovely Brielle represent Broadway.  I was representing good oldHarlem.  We chose song about the city and scattered bright red apples around the room.  We fulfilled our big city dreams with a great night of dancing.


February 10th was the Friday before Valentines so we decided to throw a Valentines Prom.  What a magical evening.  We asked students to bring in photos from their own proms and then we all tried to guess who was who.  It was really cool seeing people in their high school years.  We also decided to create memories of our own and take some prom photos at the event.  I got one with every lady there.  What can I say I love a prom … and a photo op.


The excitement of the upcoming Oscars was beginning to grip the world.  So we decided to join in with an Oscar themed party and danced the night away to music in the movies.  I am a big BIG movie fan so this party was one of my favorites.  I hustled to Weird Science, Waltzed to The Rainbow Connection, Tangoed to Pink Panther, and I swung … swinged … swanged … I did swing to Little Shop of Horrors just to name a few.  We even made popcorn for munching, I loved it.  We all glided around the room like cinematic stars.


This brings me to our last Friday of the month and the one that truly made February Fabruary.  The 24th was our Spotlight Challenge, and the biggest busiest party of the month.  Friends and family came down to support the students.  It’s always nice meeting the people in our student’s lives.  We also made it a Pot Luck … big mistake.  I swear I gained 20 pounds; there was so much great food.  How am I gonna keep this girlish figure eating Sushi, and samosas, cheesecake and brownies.  I’m not gonna lie I likes to eat and that night I got my fill.  It was a lot of student’s first spotlight and they were pretty nervous, but by the second act you could see their confidence grow.  I was like a proud parent watching their child stand up and take their first foxtrot steps.  I can’t wait for the next and students are excited to do it again as well.  It is amazing what a spotlight can do for a student’s confidence in their dancing.


Well that was our February and I loved it.  March is here and so far it is just as exciting.  We are having Daniel Heroux in for coaching’s and the parties are going to have color themes.  I can’t wait to tell you all about.  So until then take care and I’ll see you on the dance floor.

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