January – A Month In Review by Michael

And now for Michael’s month in review for January 2012!

It is quite a tale folks.  It was a trip through time for the month of January. As well as a coaching with a Russian beauty that has danced with the stars.  The time travel began with our first Friday party of the month.  We all sock hopped our way back to the 50s.  We took a look at the Lindy Hop as a group.  Everyone was bouncing and kicking, cardio must have been big that decade.  Then Farrah and I demonstrated a choreographed Lindy with some tricks and lifts.  We also took a look at the only still existing live Buddy Holly performance of ‘Peggy Sue’ on the Arthur Murray Dance Party.  After that party I had the weirdest craving to watch “Back to the Future”, and hit the old malt shop for a root beer float.









Then on Tuesday the 10th we had an exciting celebrity guest coach; Miss Anna Trebunskaya, from Dancing with the Stars.  She was great, cheerful, and direct.  This Russian princess didn’t let anything slide.  Full of great tips and advice, her coaching’s where inspiring and fun.  It is always such a great opportunity to work with veterans in the art of ballroom dance.









Friday the 13th didn’t turn out to be unlucky at all.  It turned out to be one of our busiest parties, with the beats of the 60s fueling the groovy vibe.  In this era dancing on your own became the big craze with dances like the twist, monkey, watusi, and the mash potato (I like mine with gravy).  So we took a look at theses boppin’ moves with an energetic group dance lead by yours truly.  I had the students movin’ and shakin’ to Chubby Checkers classic “Lets Twist Again”.  This is the era that I wish I had the chance to rock out in.  Peace, love, and go-go baby.

The next Friday brought on a disco heat wave, and we all hustled the night away.  I was feeling the Saturday night fever in my white sequin suite (super stylin’).  The whole staff dressed up,  Sergei in a sharp gold lemma jump suit.  Those boogie oogie shoes didn’t stop all night long.  We taught the foxy ladies and macho men some new moves in an exciting hustle group class.  We kicked the hustling up a notch with a bumpin’ line dance that Brielle worked out.  Overall Studio 54 had nothing on us.











Our finale Friday party was the radical 80s.  The music was full of synthesized fun.  This era has some of my favorite tunes.  It gave the party a great energy.  Everyone enjoyed dancing to those classic dance hits.  For a group line dance we rocked out to ‘Thriller’.  It was like “13 going on 30” but more fun.  M.J. would have been proud.  The staff went all out with their looks.  My favorite was Miss. Cat in her punk diva look with killer spike heels, meow.












So overall our trip through time was a huge success.  I feel we left our mark on each era, and had a lot of fun doing it.  Traveling through time can take a lot out of you, but don’t worry we are ready to take on February at full force.  There are a lot of great things happening in February that I can’t wait to tell you all about.  We are having a Prom, starting on a student formation, and a spotlight challenge.

That is it for January, what a great kick off to the year.  2012 look out this is Arthur Murray’s year.  For 100 years old we sure can shake it, cheers to that!

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An Amazing January & Fabulous February!

WOW, what an amazingly fun month January was!

We danced through the decades at our Friday night dance parties, started with the ‘50’s and ended with the ‘80’s, check out the photos.

Anna Trebunskaya from DWTS was a special guest coach in January and she was wonderful.

We’re adding a new blog feature this year, “The Month In Review by Michael” so I’ll let him give you all the details.

This is going to be a Fabulous February!  We’re having a few special dance parties this month.  Our Valentine’s Prom Dance Party is Friday, February 10th, so if you would like an excuse to get dressed up, here it is, evening wear or prom outfits are optional, maybe a corsage or boutineer if you would just like to add a little something special.  Also, we were thinking about putting up photos from proms goneby and if you would like to contribute your prom photo you can either email it us, info@arthurmurraynorthyork.com or bring it into the studio and we will make a copy of it.

“And the Oscar goes to…”, yes we are having an Oscar Night Dance Party on Friday, February 17th, so come on in and dance to some of the music from your favourite films.   For those of you who are looking for another reason to pull out that Red Carpet outfit!!

Come on out on Friday, February 24th for the “ Spotlight Challenge & Potluck” & cheer on your fellow students.  It will be a great evening of dancing, fellowship & good food.  Don’t forget to invite your family & friends.

Can’t wait to see everyone on the dance floor this February!


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Happy New Year!

It’s been a busy & exciting new year so far!

We’ve been welcoming new students, showing them how much fun dancing can be.  It’s also been great to see everyone else after the holiday break.

So far this month we have had our 50’s Friday night dance party, which was so much fun, dancing to the oldie goldies, the fabulous flashback fashion of the poodle skirt and the ‘greaser’.  Speaking of ‘greasers’ everyone had a fabulous time doing The Hand Jive from “Grease”, including me and there’s even a photo to prove it.

The highlight so far this month has been our guest coach from “Dancing With The Stars” pro Anna Trebunskaya.  She was totally amazing and everyone loved their coaching classes.  Everyone learned a lot, including the staff who were able to have a Samba training session with her.  All of the students who had a private coaching session with her learned a lot and were very thankful for her insight whether it be for there technique or getting pointers for their upcoming Spotlight routine.

And speaking of Spotlight routines we are having our Spotlight Challenge & Potluck on Friday, February 24th, so don’t forget to sign up and invite your family and friends.

Don’t forget that Friday night dance parties this month are decade themed so come on in for a blast from the past.  This Friday is the 60’s, time to get groovy man!

Many thanks to a wonderful lady, Anna Trebunskaya for all of your expertise!

See you on the dance floor!  Peace & Love!!!

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An Exciting December & January at Arthur Murray North York!

Well November was a truly exciting month and The Christmas Star Ball at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel was a great success!  Take a look at some of the photos below.

December and January are going to be even more exciting!!

This Friday, December 9th we’re having a “Crazy Sock” dance party, that’s right wear your cutest, funniest or most colourful socks or stockings.

On Wednesday, December 14th we’re having our Christmas Bake Off party, bake one of your favourite desserts and bring it to the party to share with everyone (even the staff will be baking goodies)!

We have been working hard and preparing routines for our “Tis The Season” Spotlight on Friday, December 16th starting at 8:30pm.  Come and cheer on your fellow students as they perform.  Family and friends are welcome to enjoy this evening with us, just let us know if you plan on bringing guests.

The last event of 2011 will be our Wine & Cheese 2011 Blowout Bash where we will be celebrating 2011 and toasting to 2012.  It will be a great evening of fun and dancing!

And if you think that December is exciting just wait for January!

We have a special guest coach in the studio on Tuesday, January 10th…Anna Trebunskaya from “Dancing With The Stars” will be here for coaching classes.  Reserve your spot now!   For more information please see your instructor or reception.

So much more fun to come in the New Year and we’ll keep you posted as the information becomes available.

We are looking forward to spending time with you to celebrate the holidays, so come on in dance and have fun!!!

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Party Time!

Looking for something fun to do now that the  colder weather’s on the way, even though we have had some beautiful, warm & sunny November days, come to our practice parties that we have on Wednesday & Friday nights.






It’s a great way to meet other students, practice your dancing and have a ton of fun.  The line dances are a big hit these days, just look at the pictures below!






There are also themed parties on some Friday nights, like our Disco Hustle Party.






We also have Student Spotlight nights, like our Black Lace Spotlight, where friends & family are always welcome.






Oh yeah, spotlights are also potluck nights, lots of yummie food!!!




Wednesday night parties are a great way to break up the week, a great stress reliever and a bit of exercise to boot.  Friday night parties are the perfect start to the weekend, dancing, fellowship and fun!

Join us for all the party fun, party people!!!  See you on the dance floor!

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A November to Remember!

We have lots of fun & exciting things happening this November!

On Friday, November 18th we’re having a Buenos Aires Night Dance Party after the Argentine Tango group classes, so don’t forget to bring your rose! (just kidding)







The following week, Saturday, November 26th is the much anticipated Christmas Starball at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. The day will consist of a Pro-Am competition during the day, later to be followed by cocktails, dinner, dancing & a Professional Competition. You won’t want to miss this exciting day of dancing, dining, fun & fellowship with other Arthur Murray students, their guests & our instructors. It will be a fabulous way to kick off the holiday season, so get your tickets now! Contact the studio for more information & tickets. Guests are welcome!






Now that the weather is turning colder it’s a great time to come on in for a dance lesson. Group classes are a great way to brush up on your favourite dance or try out a new one. Our rockin’ Wednesday & Friday night parties are always a great way to beat the dreary fall weather!

Hope to see you soon!

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Well that was pretty Amazing!

So, pretty awesome weekend, at least that’s what we think!  THANK YOU to everyone who made this Sunday’s event at the Old Mill so great!  I know, I’m gushing, but it was great!

I’m going to try to get some pics up in the next couple days – so check back.

Now, how do YOU think we did?  Pro Show?  Great right?!

So for this week, we have Daniel Heroux coming!  Thursday there are just a couple spots left, but he’ll be doing Private Coaching Lessons – these are SO worth it!  He is a really wonderful coach – and a very nice man too – so let me/us know if you want to book a spot.


Check back soon for some pics from Sunday!

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