Yesterday in my car, I was listening to one of my own CD’s; “Cowboys and Angels” by George Michael was playing. In my head, I was waltzing around the floor with Meredith, and it was magical. When it works, when we feel the music and dance without thinking, it sometimes feels as if we are floating effortlessly above the floor. It made me think about how much I love dancing and how this is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity these last seven years to play at being Fred Astaire to my wife’s Ginger Rogers, to live a part of each day in a fantasy world filled with spins and dips and laughter. I am ever so grateful to all of the instructors at Arthur Murray for giving me the tools to live that dream. It’s something I intend to do as long as my feet keep moving.
Dancing isn’t just dancing. It’s socializing, promoting health through physical activity, and the world’s greatest stress reliever. It can heal that inner gym-dreader some of us still carry from school. It improves posture. It builds confidence. For couples, it strengthens your relationship with your partner. For singles, it opens up a new world of friends. It’s not an exaggeration to say it can be life-changing.
I have been a student at Arthur Murray for six years now, and I hope to continue for many more years. Learning to dance has helped me lose weight, build self-confidence, and improve my overall health. It has given me many wonderful friends and more opportunities for socializing than I had before I started dancing. It gives me something to look forward to at the end of the workday. It lifts my spirits when I’m feeling blue. It challenges me to keep growing, learning, and improving. It’s the best gift I’ve ever given myself.
Ballroom dancing had always appealed to me, and I hoped that someday I would be able to take lessons. Through the Bloomington Arthur Murray Dance Studio’s interest in doing an event to assist local charities, I got my chance at those lessons…and I have been dancing ever since. Why? Well, it’s a great way to exercise and to relieve stress. But I have most appreciated the confidence it has given me, and not just on the dance floor. Plus, it’s just fun!
I have never been more positive about anything in my life, than I am about my decision to join a program at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. You not only learn a new skill that you will have for life, but there is so much more. You have more energy because you become more active and get more exercise. You will enjoy an increased social confidence, agility, enhanced well being. I could go on, but best of all… I have expanded my social life among some of the sweetest, warmest, most supportive and intelligent people that have become my friends.
Learning to dance at Arthur Murray, well, it hasn’t changed our lives but it sure has enriched our lives, at the brink of disaster. Twenty years of marriage, three teenagers, two toddlers, two full time jobs each and full time school, there wasn’t any time for romance; we were slipping away from one another. Taking time out to learn to dance together was just what we needed and it has brought us closer together as a couple. The time we share together dancing at the studio has made other problems in our lives much easier to cope with. Dancing puts us in another world. Learning to dance as a couple isn’t about steps, it is about being a team and learning to be comfortable with yourself and your partner. My husband is very bashful, but learning to dance at Arthur Murray has given him the confidence and self -esteem he needed, to be the person he is.
West Baden, Indiana
Dancing has made such a difference in my life. I am going through a difficult time in my life and it has been an angel from heaven given to me to help me through this time. My instructor, the staff and my fellow students have given me such support, confidence and fun that I tell everyone they should come and learn how to dance!
Wow, I’m not sure how to even begin to list the ways dancing has changed our lives! Ben and I started taking dance lessons 7 years ago when we saw the empty nest looming. Dancing has given us a new lease on “life after kids”. It’s gotten us off the couch and gives us daily exercise. Dancing has greatly enhanced our social circle – as well as my wardrobe! Dancing has also enhanced our self-confidence and gives us a fun and meaningful activity to do together as a couple. Quite honestly, we hope we can dance together forever.
I met my lovely wife at a dance. I never would have gone to the dance if I hadn’t learned to dance at Arthur Murray’s!