IN THE SPOTLIGHT ...
In the Spotlight...
In Arthur Murray, I found a way to have fun and at the same time learn some basic steps to different dances of choice. I now had added a fourth dimension to my life: work; volunteering; housewife and a bit of spice.
Going through Arthur Murray’s door, you leave your every day world outside and exit in a lighter frame of mind. Joining Arthur Murray was one of my best decisions, the fit was like a good dancing shoe.
Many years have passed and the challenges still exist in learning new steps and improving my technique. At this juncture in my life I need dancing to insure good health, flexibility and balance. A dash of laughter now and then with my teacher Michael and Jonathan is a bonus. Two teachers pour moi! What can I say?
We have a bit of fantasy here at Arthur Murray events where everyone dresses in their sparkles; have dinner, special floor shows by our teachers and for the finale dance the night away in a beautiful ambience of a hotel ballroom.
The fact that I have been an ongoing member of Arthur Murray for years speaks highly of Rowland and Sherry who are very amiable and make it fun for everyone.
Hope to see you there! Annie Wichman 7/20/2010
I grew up with ballroom dancing in an era when Baltimore mothers believed it was part of the civilizing process for children entering their teen years. Women still wore shortie white gloves when they attended midday luncheons and they typically wore hats too…and not baseball caps!
By the time I slipped the bonds of home and went off to college, the local cotillion had made me reasonably proficient at waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, rumba, tango, samba, merengue, and swing dancing. This experience was more than sufficient to carry me through the rest of my life. After completing a 25-year Air Force career where ballroom dancing remained typically part of officers’ club socializing, I moved on to the world of profit and loss. One of my office associates turned out to be a former Arthur Murray instructor. He and his wife, still a dance instructor, invited me to a dance event in Baltimore, which was filled with dancing aficionados. These folks were experienced dancers who knew their stuff and everyone eagerly took to the dance floor. I danced continuously for hours and what a fun evening it was!
A couple of weeks later while working a project and thumbing through the office yellow pages, I came across the Gaithersburg Arthur Murray Dance Studio ad. Interestingly, the studio was only a couple of miles from the office on the way home so I stopped in one afternoon and met the delightful and irrepressible Sherry Harris. I related my story about growing up with ballroom dancing and how I was interested in “brushing up” and adding some additional steps. Sherry assured me that the studio could meet my requirements. I signed up for six weeks worth of private and group lessons at the bronze two level. Thoroughly enjoying the next several weeks, I met several others who, although they did not have previous ballroom dance experience, were nonetheless now enthusiastically pursuing what they had not encountered in their teen years. “Wow, what did these people do in high school?” I wondered to myself. Whatever it was, it wasn’t ballroom dancing.
Dancing is one of those activities that can be enjoyed at any age and at any level of ability though there is a tendency to want to increase ones competence, especially at the Gaithersburg Arthur Murray Dance Center which has more than its share of long time students. (I’ve been there for nearly 20 years and I’m not the longest attending student!) At the same time, dancing provides healthful exercise without the monotony of the treadmill or the knee-pounding of distance running. Many find dance music to be infectious and it energizes movement to rhythmic tempos that dissolves end-of-the-day fatigue. Hence dances like cha-cha, merengue, and swing can really get you moving while Viennese waltz or foxtrot accomplishes the same thing with the addition of graceful elegance.
With its fun-filled and superb teaching staff, the Gaithersburg Dance Center has been an unforgettable experience and a pure joy.
“How did we get started with Arthur Murray? A cruise to the Bahamas, a lucky phone call, and someone else’s poor planning.
“We had been on our 25th anniversary cruise to the Bahamas, and had a wonderful time dancing on the deck at midnight after our salsa lessons on board. We enjoyed this so much that we decided to try dance lessons here at home, and found a Groupon for local classes…but not an Arthur Murray groupon. So, we went to the Other Place (which we discovered was in a converted warehouse) and tried to get scheduled for the advertised ballroom classes. And tried. And tried again. And we gave up on the Other Place.
“We then googled local alternatives and found Arthur Murray. We called the studio, introduced ourselves to Sherry over the phone, and told her our sad story. Her response: “Can you come tonight for a group class?” Sixteen months later…we’re still here, having an amazing amount of fun, with so many new friends. At the beginning, we were apprehensive since we knew so little, but our instructors got us over the jitters, other students encouraged us, and we realized that Arthur Murray could teach anybody, even us, to look terrific on the dance floor.”