AMD Dances With The Kettering Stars

The instructors of Arthur Murray Dance Center in Dayton came together once again to help the community in this year’s Dancing with the Kettering Stars to benefit the Kettering Police Foundation. “It’s an incredible opportunity for our studio to give back to the community with an organization as worthwhile as the Kettering Police Foundation.” said Barbara Haller, co-owner of Arthur Murray in Dayton. “Our instructors had so much fun helping our community celebrities learn their routines and develop a passion for dance.”

2019 participants included all of the instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Center in Dayton and a number of community celebrities including Mark Schwieterman – Kettering City Manager, Amy Schrimpf – Government Affairs Director for the Dayton Development Coalition, Lourdes Lambert – Principal at Archbishop Alter High School, Bethany Roush – Account Manager, and Matt Barnes – Police Officer.

This year’s winning team was Bethany Roush and Arthur Murray Dance Director, Craig Johnston. Bethany graduated from Fairmont in 2009. She is married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to a two-year-old daughter. Bethany loves cheering on the Firebirds, Dayton Pizza, and the Chicago Cubs. Bethany works full-time as an account manager and was the 2018-2019 Holiday at Home Kettering, Ohio President.

Craig was born and raised in Scotland, U.K. He started his dance training at the age of 7. At 16 he was offered a scholarship to London Studio Centre, a top theatre college in London. His passion for dance has allowed him to travel extensively around the world, from stage shows to Dance Captain onboard Celebrity Cruises. Craig moved to Nashville, TN in 2013 to continue his career. He recently relocated to Dayton, OH where he is currently Dance Director at the Arthur Murray Dance Center.

About Arthur Murray Dance Center Dayton: Dayton’s most exciting ballroom dance experience at the area’s most beautiful dance studio, Arthur Murray’s is the oldest and largest of dance studios, with 280 dance centers worldwide. Arthur Murray Dance Center Dayton consistently ranks among the top ten percent of schools worldwide.

 

Champions at Superama 2019

This year’s Superama in Las Vegas was one of the best that we’ve ever participated in. The largest Superama ever, Craig Johnston, Fran Duntz, Ann Bockrath, Bob and Diane Johnson, Sarah Hunter, Barbara Haller, Amanda Horn, Steve Rose, Olivia Frederick, Michael LaCaze, and not pictured, Doug Berger, represented Team Dayton.

“We are thrilled with how well our team performed.” said Barbara Haller, co-owner of Arthur Murray Dance Center in Dayton.  “Not only did we have a big group of students who participate, but they all walked away winners!”

  • Fran danced over 200 entries with her instructor, Craig, all with outstanding marks.
  • Ann, competing as a Newcomer with her instructor, Craig, placed 5th out of 40 in the Newcomer All Around.
  • Sarah, competing as a Newcomer and as an Associate Bronze (one level higher than her newcomer status) with her instructor, Craig, placed 6th out of over 40 in the Associate Bronze All Around. Congratulations to Michael (and his instructor Olivia) who won Overall Top Newcomer Male Student.
  • Steve (with his instructor Amanda) won Overall Top Bronze Male Student.
  • Craig was named Top Teacher. What an incredible few days. Be sure to see all of our pictures on arthurmurraydayton.com

Our students and instructors are already planning the next competition, World Dance-O-Rama, March 17 – 22, 2020 in New Orleans.

About Arthur Murray Dance Center Dayton:  Dayton’s most exciting ballroom dance experience at the area’s most beautiful dance studio, Arthur Murray’s is the oldest and largest of dance studios, with 280 dance centers world wide. Arthur Murray Dance Center Dayton consistently ranks among the top ten percent of schools worldwide.