The Benefits of Dance

Dancing at Arthur Murray Dance Center in Dayton is wonderful fun! It is also an activity with many positive life benefits, from getting people up and moving, to lighting up their world with a little romance, to influencing the fashions of the day. So turn off the computer and start dancing tonight!

For health and strong muscles, you need 2 hours or more a week of moderate activity like walking or DANCING.

  • Alternating spurts of activity with periods of slower work improves fitness. What do you use: DANCING.
  • Alternating upper and lower body activity occurs in DANCING.
  • It’s always more likely to be fun when you have a partner or buddy for exercise. And you are more likely do it. Of course, DANCING includes a partner.
  • Exercise programs need variety. Otherwise, if you do the same thing over and over, your body adapts and you receive little additional benefit. Dancing gives you variety — salsa, swing, waltz, merengue, rumba, bolero, tango and more — and it is So Much Fun!

For health and youth, come to Arthur Murray!

Romance Benefits

Hold that special someone close, and whisper sweetly as you glide along the dance floor to some beautiful love song.

Ballroom dancing is as romantic as it is enjoyable. For years the world’s greatest romantics have known the best way to a lady’s heart is to sweep her across the dance floor. Holding, touching and moving to the music is the most romantic skill any couple can add to their lives. Think of all the countless number of relationships that would have never started without the world’s best ice breaker — “May I have this dance?”

The romantic properties of dance are a secret that all good dancers enjoy. For men, being able to recognize what to dance to the music and having the confidence in your ability to walk across the floor and ask a lady to dance is a social prerequisite. For ladies, they will always be in demand as a partner once they master the grace and poise, the styling and the all important following skills.

People will go to all extremes to make themselves attractive to the opposite sex. Hours are spent in the gym and millions are spent on cosmetics and the latest styles just to gain a slight advantage in the dating game. Unfortunately for these people, they will always have to take a back seat to a good dancer.

The best way to be noticed, in a favorable light, is on the dance floor. A couple of lessons at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio is all you will need to turn your dancing life — and maybe your romantic life — around.

Much of the recent excitement surrounding the romance of ballroom dancing started when “Dancing With the Stars” showed that anyone — even hunky football players and stars who claimed to have two left feet — could learn to dance ballroom, and absolutely love it! Ballroom dance has captured the imagination of prime time television yet again with shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” where audiences saw that dances like the Waltz, Rumba, Tango and Foxtrot could be wildly romantic. These reality shows demonstrate what dance does in real life: it provides a chance for you to express your emotions towards your partner, propelling your relationship into a more sensual mood, without moving into an R rating!

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Plus, dancing can help keep two people together. After years of marriage, new excitement can be found together on the dance floor. It’s a “shot in the arm.” It encourages the spark of romance for stressed out, tension plagued people. It’s great for keeping a marriage interesting and long lasting. When surveyed, more women said they would prefer a night of dancing to flowers or chocolates for St. Valentine’s Day. The Arthur Murray Dance Studio near you in Dayton is only a phone call away…
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Fashion Benefits

From elegant society weddings to fashion magazines, formal ball gowns and skirts have returned to haute couture and Hollywood’s award shows. Not surprisingly, these fashions have also returned to mainstream American wardrobes.

“The nature of our organization gives us a remarkable, in-depth close up look at America,” said John Kimmins, President of Arthur Murray International. “We know on a personal level where Americans are regarding dance, dress, and social recreation. And we have watched the return of long dresses and ballgowns in the dance studios and in many of the affairs that our students attend.”

Dance studios aren’t the only place where the ballroom style has returned. Just look at what’s being worn on the Red Carpet for the Oscars, Golden Globes or SAG Awards. Hollywood has returned to high style, where evening gowns, with long or full skirts and elaborate bodices, are in all their glory. Versace, Giorgio Armani, Valentino and Chanel are continuing to bring elaborate haute couture back to Hollywood in a way not seen for decades.

Recently fashion magazines and gossip columns detailed a high society international wedding where everyone who was anyone showed up in designer ball skirts and gowns. The “simple black cocktail dress” is very much “in” for an evening out.

But where does one wear these elaborate confections if you have not been invited to present an award on national television, as might be expected in such major cities like New York, LA, Chicago or your hometown?
Students at Arthur Murray Dance Studios throughout the country are arriving at for their weekly practice sessions in floor length ball gowns. Dressing up is part of the fun of taking lessons, feeling as if you have taken a mini-vacation from the everyday world into a fun, vibrant party every week.

A Dance Vacation can be enjoyed without ever leaving town. Imagine yourself dressed up ready to go out dancing on a cruise ship’s deck, with other party goers. Or put yourself in an outfit that works in a New York club, or a European ballroom, overlooking the Mediterranean. Many studios offer special theme events and practice parties where students “dress-up” and dance, get to know other dancers also learning the steps and practicing the moves. Fashions and dress range from the formal which also help students get comfortable with the styles, to Country and casual. Taking an Arthur Murray Dance Vacation can be a fabulous evening fantasy, without leaving town.

Practicality is another aspect behind the trend. “After all,” said one student, “If I’m going to dance ballroom in a ballgown, I had better get my steps in place when my hemline is long!”