Dallas Studio

6526 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75240
214-646-3075

Plano Studio

3001 W. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano , TX 75023
214-473-4328

Grapevine Studio

1271 William D. Tate Ave.
Grapevine, Tx 76051
817-488-8338

Client Testimonials

Our Local Celebrity Dance Testimonials

"I had the most wonderful dancing experience with Arthur Murray Dallas for a local charity event. Not only was my instructor fabulous (and patient), but everyone from the reception desk to the other instructors, to the other clients was encouraging and helpful also. This is a place where anyone of any age can learn to dance. I saw pre-teens to the over 70 crowd taking lessons. Our charity event has ended, but my lessons at Arthur Murray will continue. What a great place it is! And guys...women LOVE men who can dance."

Rebecca Miller

"I had the most wonderful dancing experience with Arthur Murray Dallas for a local charity event. Not only was my instructor fabulous (and patient), but everyone from the reception desk to the other instructors, to the other clients was encouraging and helpful also. This is a place where anyone of any age can learn to dance. I saw pre-teens to the over 70 crowd taking lessons. Our charity event has ended, but my lessons at Arthur Murray will continue. What a great place it is!

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Rebecca Miller

"I'd never ballroom danced in the past, but I watched some movies. I just loved it after my first couple of lessons and decided to stick with it. It's a great way to exercise without knowing that you're exercising. And that's what I love, because I don't run unless I'm being chased, and I hate the gym. I love learning all the different types of dance, whether it's the waltz or the cha-cha ... and I [love] the challenge of putting [a] whole routine together."

Fiona Gorostiza

"I'd never ballroom danced in the past, but I watched some movies. I just loved it after my first couple of lessons and decided to stick with it. It's a great way to exercise without knowing that you're exercising. And that's what I love, because I don't run unless I'm being chased, and I hate the gym. I love learning all the different types of dance, whether it's the waltz or the cha-cha ... and I [love] the challenge of putting [a] whole routine together."

Fiona Gorostiza


According to the American Heritage Dictionary, to dance is "to move rhythmically usually to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures" or "to leap or skip about excitedly." Ballroom dancing is "any of various social dances, such as the foxtrot, tango, or waltz, in which couples follow a conventional pattern of steps." Sounds all cut and dried, doesn't it? Well...we all know it is so much more than that!
Having danced in some form or other for a good part of my life, it was when I decided to take up ballroom dancing that I realized it was the right choice. For me, it is my "last hurrah" as I like to refer to it.
Ballroom dancing is putting yourself into a zone that is uniquely your own. It is interacting with the instructor(s) and knowing that they are truly interested in the progress that you make. Dancing requires everything from your ankles up to your brain. Learning all this is a journey that you take along with your instructors and I have found this journey to be one of the best I have taken in my life. It has helped me in so many ways, almost too numerous to mention. It goes without saying that losing weight is a natural by product. Another thing that I've discovered is that it doesn't matter your age...anyone from 9-92 can dance! Whether for fun, exercise, entertainment, whatever your pleasure, dancing will challenge you not only physically, but mentally.
If your goal is competition, then there's no more sense of satisfaction than in competition. This is the ultimate proof to yourself that you can accomplish poise, confidence and just plain fun by competing.
By staying longer at the dance, you will continue to add layer upon layer to your new found skill and before you know it you have become an accomplished dancer. What could be better in your life than that? From someone who knows, I can vouch for living this dream.
Remember to live your life, laugh often, but most of all free your soul and always dance as if no one is watching!
And where does one do all of this? Why...at Arthur Murray, of course!

Meredythe Loquet


According to the American Heritage Dictionary, to dance is "to move rhythmically usually to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures" or "to leap or skip about excitedly." Ballroom dancing is "any of various social dances, such as the foxtrot, tango, or waltz, in which couples follow a conventional pattern of steps." Sounds all cut and dried, doesn't it? Well...we all know it is so much more than that!
Having danced in some form or other for a good part of my life,

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Meredythe Loquet


I had always enjoyed social dancing and grew up doing just that and thought that I was certainly able to get by, but life and circumstances sometimes play their little tricks and my life was turned upside down. Still, I was doing okay and was in control, but I needed something more and I didn't really know what it was. I was busy, and had a lot of places to be and things to do, but it was still not enough.

And then one day I realized that I was the only one who could do something about it and circumstances put me on the dance floor again and I found that what I thought I could do reasonably well seemed to be frozen. An idea came to me which I never had before and that was to search out dance lessons so that I would not be embarrassed if the opportunity presented itself again.

Let me preface this by saying the hardest thing about my dance lessons was deciding to do it and then to walk through the front door! It was not that I was afraid; but more because I did not know what was in store for me on the other side. I had no idea at the time the decision I made was going to change my lfe for the better in a big way...

I got through the first introductory lesson and for whatever reason I scheduled another one, and then another one. And the reason for that was the welcoming feeling that I had received from all of the staff and students I had met who were both new and advanced. By this time you would be right in assuming I was hooked and knew I had found something more than just learning to put one foot in front of the other.
Dancing enabled me to bring my personality out of its hiding place behind the events in my life, both good and bad. I love the way it makes me feel when I can move across the floor or when I can move my hips to the rhythm of a Latin dance. I love the challenge of getting it right, and the realization that yes I could do something that was just for me, and prompted by me. It made me realize that I can try to do it all and that I like where I am in my life and most importantly that I really do like myself.

And, in closing, I must say I am so very happy that I found the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Dallas. The talented staff cannot be beat and I can go on and on so I will jut leave you with this thought...

Everyone who is thinking about dance lessons should become a part of the Arthur Murray experience!

Iris Goldberg


I had always enjoyed social dancing and grew up doing just that and thought that I was certainly able to get by, but life and circumstances sometimes play their little tricks and my life was turned upside down. Still, I was doing okay and was in control, but I needed something more and I didn't really know what it was. I was busy, and had a lot of places to be and things to do, but it was still not enough.

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Iris Goldberg


At age six, Taylor loved to dance and watch others dance. Ten months ago she began lessons at Arthur Murray, Wow! We have watched Taylor change from a shy little girl to a confident young lady who loves to perform! She looks forward to dancing with her instructor each week. Our family enjoys dancing with Taylor and others at the Friday dance parties. We look forward to watching Taylor continue to gain self-confidence and develop skills as a ballroom dancer. We look forward to all the new experiences that we will share with Taylor at Arthur Murray.

Julie Moncrief (Mother Of Taylor, Age 7)


At age six, Taylor loved to dance and watch others dance. Ten months ago she began lessons at Arthur Murray, Wow! We have watched Taylor change from a shy little girl to a confident young lady who loves to perform! She looks forward to dancing with her instructor each week. Our family enjoys dancing with Taylor and others at the Friday dance parties. We look forward to watching Taylor continue to gain self-confidence and develop skills as a ballroom dancer.

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Julie Moncrief (Mother Of Taylor, Age 7)

Dancing with Arthur Murray Studios was an absolute blast. From the first lesson they made me feel welcome and included. By the time my lessons were over I felt like I knew everyone in the studio. At first I was nervous, because I had never danced any type of ballroom before, but the way they teach the technique, steps and different styles was so easy to pick up on. The best thing about dancing with Arthur Murray Studios is not only how well they teach you but how fun they made it. There was not one lesson that went by where we did not have a great time and where we did not laugh at something...it was awesome. I cannot thank Arthur Murray studios and my dance partner enough I can't wait to go back!

Brooke Williamson

Dancing with Arthur Murray Studios was an absolute blast. From the first lesson they made me feel welcome and included. By the time my lessons were over I felt like I knew everyone in the studio. At first I was nervous, because I had never danced any type of ballroom before, but the way they teach the technique, steps and different styles was so easy to pick up on. The best thing about dancing with Arthur Murray Studios is not only how well they teach you but how fun they made it.

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Brooke Williamson


What a blast. Truly enjoyed learning these dance moves from Arthur Murray staff. They have made it a fun and enjoyable experience, now something my wife and I look forward to every week as a couple. If you have opportunity to dance with Arthur Murray instructors...get your dancing shoes ready!

J P Piccinini


What a blast. Truly enjoyed learning these dance moves from Arthur Murray staff. They have made it a fun and enjoyable experience, now something my wife and I look forward to every week as a couple. If you have opportunity to dance with Arthur Murray instructors...get your dancing shoes ready!

J P Piccinini


My experience at The Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Plano was spectacular. I came in nervous, uncertain, and anxious. Just a few short weeks later, I am actually confident on the dance floor! My instructor was patient, supportive, and understanding... just what I needed. The rest of the staff helped create a warm and inviting atmosphere that put me at ease. If you are a hesitant beginner or a bride trying to talk her groom into creating something special for your first dance, this is the studio for you. Thank you to my new friends at Arthur Murray Plano!

Jolene DeVito


My experience at The Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Plano was spectacular. I came in nervous, uncertain, and anxious. Just a few short weeks later, I am actually confident on the dance floor! My instructor was patient, supportive, and understanding... just what I needed. The rest of the staff helped create a warm and inviting atmosphere that put me at ease. If you are a hesitant beginner or a bride trying to talk her groom into creating something special for your first dance,

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Jolene DeVito


What a pleasure to come to Dallas at your Studio!

The quality of teaching and management of your studio is an inspiration for me and all other Coaches.

The atmosphere and professionalism of the staff is outstanding!

I can see the continuing progress of the students each time I return to your studio and working with you all students and Pro's is always a wonderful experience.

You are the best and I am always thrilled to return to your Studio...

You are ''La crème de la crème''

Meryem Pearson


What a pleasure to come to Dallas at your Studio!

The quality of teaching and management of your studio is an inspiration for me and all other Coaches.

The atmosphere and professionalism of the staff is outstanding!

I can see the continuing progress of the students each time I return to your studio and working with you all students and Pro's is always a wonderful experience.

You are the best and I am always thrilled to return to your Studio...

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Meryem Pearson

It is hard to find enough words to express how I feel about Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Plano. Though most people who meet me presently wouldn't believe it, I was a lost and broken soul before I stepped through those doors.
Transporting us back in time you would see before you the sad, lonely, scared, depressed, and shyest girl of fifteen you would ever likely meet. You could say that within the studio walls I had a rebirth into a greater life than I imagined for myself. Like Cosette wandering alone in the woods waiting for my Valjean to come and save me. I was an ice skater before I started dancing. But, the truth of it is that I had the heart for it, but not the technique. In the skating world I was the butt of every joke not only because of being bad at skating, but also because I was more interested in books than boys. Also, I had to constantly live up to my younger sister's stardom and my dad being a judge. Arthur Murray was the first chance in life to be able to excel at something that was not about being smart. It let me combine my theater training and love of performing on a platform that welcomed me with open arms. The dancing helped me see that I was worth something and that being myself was okay. It became my sanctuary and a second family for whom I could come to whenever life was too rough to cope. My self confidence grew to the point that I was no longer scared of those around me. Also, within the first few months I no longer required anti-depressants.
Although I have been talking about the changes that happened from within, a lot of changes occured on the outside as well. When I started dancing I was 140 pounds and wore a size 13 in juniors. Today I am between 110 and 120 pounds and a size 4-6. I began to wear make-up and my taste in clothes also changed dramatically. I cannot imagine who or where I would be if the studio had not come into my life.
Dancing is truly the one thing that changed my life. Without it I do not think I would be the same person that I am today. However, I beleive it is the people in the dance studio who attributed to making the changes permanent. I could not imagine my life without any of them. Each person in their own way has guided me on different stages of my life and sculpted me into the person I have become. Essentially, that are what helped me go from that awkward teen to the woman I am today. I hope that every person has a similar event to help them change for the better, because the world could do with some more outstanding people like those I have met at Arthur Murray.

Gillian Horowitz

It is hard to find enough words to express how I feel about Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Plano. Though most people who meet me presently wouldn't believe it, I was a lost and broken soul before I stepped through those doors.
Transporting us back in time you would see before you the sad, lonely, scared, depressed, and shyest girl of fifteen you would ever likely meet. You could say that within the studio walls I had a rebirth into a greater life than I imagined for myself.

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Gillian Horowitz

Where to begin...I love to dance! And thanks to Arthur Murray and the Plano staff of great teachers, they helped my husband and I become better dancers. It's wonderful to attend a party and my husband has the confidence to ask me to dance. We hardly sit down. It's great!!! Along with that we are fortunate enough to have been able to travel around the country and see the sights and dance in several competitions that have been life changing experiences. We have been to places like Florence, Italy, Hawai'i and Banff, Canada. We meet people who share the same interest in dance, and get the excitement of competitions and accomplishment all in one. We share a camaraderie with the other students and the Arthur Murray family. It's like having an extended family.
Dancing with Arthur Murray has also been a great way to get back in shape. I lost 53 pounds and my husband lost 30 pounds. We have been dancing with Arthur Murray for around 2 years now and our energy level has improved tremendously, and we get off that couch and do what we enjoy!
I can say this to the women who think their husbands won't enjoy dancing...My husband was not at all happy to take lessons with me, but after the initial lesson he decided to go forward with it. He happens to like Country Western dancing better than the Smooth or Latin, which of course is what I like to do. So, we made a deal. I do some Country, he does some Latin. Believe it or not, we have both enjoyed learning and dancing with each other as well as with our teachers. So, my advice to you is give it a try, you won't be sorry!

Chris Garrett

Where to begin...I love to dance! And thanks to Arthur Murray and the Plano staff of great teachers, they helped my husband and I become better dancers. It's wonderful to attend a party and my husband has the confidence to ask me to dance. We hardly sit down. It's great!!! Along with that we are fortunate enough to have been able to travel around the country and see the sights and dance in several competitions that have been life changing experiences.

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Chris Garrett

‘Liza Doolittle and I have a lot in common. She was single. I am single. She “could have danced all night” and so could I! Although those would be the only similarities I would have admitted to on the first night of dancing at Arthur Murray Studio in Dallas, our mutual transformation actually contained many more parallels. The English language transformed her life into something magical; the language of dance transformed mine.
In May of 2007, I decided to do something for myself for the first time in forever. My boys were almost to the age that they could stay home without a sitter. My heart was healing after a challenging divorce. I was ready to meet new people and wanted a social life, but without the pressure of dating. And I passed the studio often, wondering … ballroom … what is it really like?
Cotillion at 12, fraternity parties in college, and a hiatus from dancing for 25 years propelled me, the curious, slightly brave, definitely hungry student, through the doors on a Friday night before Memorial Day weekend. On the schedule was a 30-minute intro lesson right before the Friday night party. So, after I signed up for more lessons, I stayed for the party. I had more fun that night than any person has a right to have, and I knew I had found a place to stay.
That summer I lost 20 pounds, found and nursed muscles I didn’t know I had, and made friends who are still dear to me and whose company I enjoy at club dances, New Year’s Eve parties, and Friday nights at Chili’s after the Arthur Murray practice parties. I basked in the praise of my teachers, whose encouragement awakened my hibernating passion for the arts, specifically for dance. I not only competed at Showdown that year, I also went to the Superama competition in Chicago in October. Then I slowed down and started figuring out what I was doing! I was an addict from the first night, and I needed to pace myself!
Dance has been my constant companion for more than 2 and a half years. I thank God daily for the grace it has brought into my life. I find myself cha-cha-cha’ing down the grocery aisles; spiraling between the sink and the stove; walking through dance steps while waiting on appointments, children, and dinner. When I hear a song that moves me, I know what dance to put to the beat. My eldest son has joined me in some lessons and recently performed a solo (I’m so proud of him!!!). My youngest just doesn’t know how much he will enjoy it yet!
Why dance? Because God gave us music, and some of us listen with our feet. God also gave us a desire to be a part of something beautiful and graceful and elegant. It is a form of praise and worship that is often overlooked. It is an opportunity to see men and women treat each other with care, honor and respect. It is a chance to bloom where we are planted. It is a chance to share joy, be connected, feel beautiful, and become a living piece of artwork. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of all that?
Why Arthur Murray? The staff. I have never in my life encountered a place where the people are genuinely, consistently and enthusiastically happy to see me, no matter what day or hour it is. This grace is contagious, and has helped me deal with life’s challenges in much healthier ways. Dance can also be therapy. Some nights I may only want to dance, but by the end of the lesson, I’ve forgotten the cares of the day and have learned something new. The men and women who teach are grounded, thoughtful, considerate and so very forgiving of whatever baggage we students might bring. Their patience inspires me, their intensity encourages me, and their laughter uplifts me in ways I never anticipated when I first walked through that door.
Now Eliza Doolittle is a Fair Lady. So am I. And as life ebbs and flows in its curious mix of highs and lows, dance continues to offer me the friendly reminder that we are in this thing together, and God never intended that we dance it alone.
"DANCE as if no one is watching you; LOVE as though you've never been hurt; SING as if no one can hear you; LIVE as if heaven is on earth"

Dianne Carlson

‘Liza Doolittle and I have a lot in common. She was single. I am single. She “could have danced all night” and so could I! Although those would be the only similarities I would have admitted to on the first night of dancing at Arthur Murray Studio in Dallas, our mutual transformation actually contained many more parallels. The English language transformed her life into something magical; the language of dance transformed mine.
In May of 2007, I decided to do something for myself for the first time in forever.

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Dianne Carlson

I chose AM dance studio because, after watching DWTS, I wanted to learn correct technique. I have learned technique but many others things too. Such as:
1. A good partnership means active following, no leaning.
2. Look where you are going.
3. It should be about you, not him.
4. You are better than you think.
5. Listen to the music.
and above all, relax and enjoy!
All good rules for life as well as for the dance floor.

Susan Iannaccone

I chose AM dance studio because, after watching DWTS, I wanted to learn correct technique. I have learned technique but many others things too. Such as:
1. A good partnership means active following, no leaning.
2. Look where you are going.
3. It should be about you, not him.
4. You are better than you think.
5. Listen to the music.
and above all, relax and enjoy!
All good rules for life as well as for the dance floor.

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Susan Iannaccone

Two months ago I decided to try and take a few dance lessons just so that I would be able to survive at an upcoming wedding just in case I had the opportunity to meet someone who I might want to get on the dance floor (and mingle) with. I have avoided getting on a dance floor for just about the entirety of my thirty years on this earth. My initial expectation was to take one or two lessons per week with the end result being that I might be able to get on the dance floor with a girl and not make a complete fool of myself.

After my very first lesson, I was made to feel confident enough that I thought I would come in a few extra times the next week than I had initially thought I would with the newfound expectation that I might not just be able to survive on the floor, but impress! Week after week, I ended up coming in more and more, and surprisingly found myself having a wonderful time dancing. This was no longer something I wanted to do just for the extrinsic benefit of being able to meet someone, but something I found myself looking forward to doing for its own sake as well.

During my short time at Arthur Murray, I have already gone to several parties where I have felt very comfortable dancing with women I didn't know, or at best hardly knew. I even competed at a Dance Festival where I dancer 52 separate "heats", not to mention several general dances and a "Jack n Jill" competition where a woman I had never seen before randomly drew my name out of a hat and partnered up with me in competition.

The wedding which prompted me to contact Arthur Murray in the first place is next weekend, however I have no doubt that I will continue on with Arthur Murray for a long time to come. My instructors are all unbelievable and have really made me feel that I have the potential to be a great dancer if I continue to do what I am doing. With all the events Arthur Murray has to offer (not just locally, this next half-year alone they are going to Italy, Las Vegas, Argentina and Cancun), there is always something to look forward to and to motivate me to continue to get better and improve my skills. It is hard to believe how much I have changed in less than two months since I grudgingly and embarrassingly walked in to Arthur Murray with a belief that it was probably a hopeless endeavor for anyone to teach me how to dance. With no exaggeration whatsoever, Arthur Murray has truly changed my life.

Max

Two months ago I decided to try and take a few dance lessons just so that I would be able to survive at an upcoming wedding just in case I had the opportunity to meet someone who I might want to get on the dance floor (and mingle) with. I have avoided getting on a dance floor for just about the entirety of my thirty years on this earth. My initial expectation was to take one or two lessons per week with the end result being that I might be able to get on the dance floor with a girl and not make a complete fool of myself.

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Max

My name is Michael Zepeda and Arthur Murray changed my life completely. Before Arthur Murray, I never really cared about how I dressed, acted, or how polite I was to others. I was a skateboarder, spending my days turning, flipping, and riding my board. I wore ripped jeans, bad "T" shirts and wasted shoes. I had long black hair that went past my shoulders. My days were spent with other skateboarders riding and jumping curbs, ramps, and steps.
I remember the first time I came to the studio, I looked as if I was wearing clothes from the Lost & Found department. At that time, it had been purely by choice. I was only fifteen, my parents dropped me off and I took a chance at trying it out. The lesson seemed long, but I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of people in the studio that day and everyone was either talking, laughing or dancing, but everyone was very nice to me. I left the studio pretty excited, and ready to take more lessons.
Dance students were always dresses up and looked very nice. I would look at myself, and I saw this young kid that looked nothing like them on the dance floor. So, one day after school I came home and told my mom I wanted to change my looks. She was so shocked to even hear those words come out of my mouth. She stopped whatever she was doing and asked how I wanted to change. I told her I wanted to look nice, just like the people on the dance floor.
People at the studio noticed the smallest changes in me, even the first time I wore nice pants instead of my torn jeans, and I especially liked all of the compliments I received. Not long after I started taking lessons, I came to the studio with a new hair cut, slicked back with gel, wearing nice pants, a tucked in short and a nice pair of shoes. I really enjoyed the compliments and it made me feel great about myself. I also began to notice the smallest changes in the way other people dressed. Before coming to the studio, I never really paid attentionto ehat girls wore. Now I notice the earrings, the make-up, and the clothes girls wear and I especially see how girls like compliments. Every day, after school, I would go straight to the studio, without going home first. I wanted to stay there the rest of the day. I love being in the dance studio and never wanting to leave the place; it feels like a second home to me.
I love being nice to people and complimenting others and saying Hi to everyone who walks through the door. I like telling them who I am, talking about how dancing has changed my life and why they should sign up for dance lessons. Before, I never really talked to people, but Arthur Murray changed that, and now everyone seems to know me. I was always told that by getting to know people you get friends. I think that is true, I now have many friends. I look back and am surprised at how manhy friends I have of all ages. I love the new me (looks, attitude, the ability to dance). I love this place and am very happy to be a part of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. I hope you join the family!

Michael Zepeda

My name is Michael Zepeda and Arthur Murray changed my life completely. Before Arthur Murray, I never really cared about how I dressed, acted, or how polite I was to others. I was a skateboarder, spending my days turning, flipping, and riding my board. I wore ripped jeans, bad "T" shirts and wasted shoes. I had long black hair that went past my shoulders. My days were spent with other skateboarders riding and jumping curbs, ramps, and steps.
I remember the first time I came to the studio,

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Michael Zepeda

We started dancing at Arthur Murray March 2003 not long after the Dallas Studio relocated to the LBJ location.

I had been diagnosed with osteopena (the precursor to osteoporosis) in 2001 and was told to focus on “weight-bearing” exercise in order to grow bone. Clark wanted to work with me to increase my bone mass and so from 2001 until March 2003 we tried
• Power walking inside on treadmills. We didn’t like doing that because we walked at different paces (I walk faster) and it was boring.
• Power walking outside. We didn’t like doing that because of the heat and humidity of a Texas summer, didn’t like being in the cold and wind in the winter, and it was boring.
• Various aerobic programs. We didn’t like doing that because it wasn’t fun, it was only work and it was boring.

Then one day on the way to work in the Fall of 2002, I saw the Arthur Murray sign go up at the LBJ location. Every day on the way to work (around 8am) I would say “There’s no one dancing.” And on the way home (around 6pm) I would say “There’s people dancing now. Maybe we should check into dancing. Dancing’s a weight-bearing exercise.” However, despite all of the hints, Christmas 2002 did not bring dancing lessons. I was crushed. How long was it going to take for Clark to get the hint?!?!?!

In March 2003, after listening to my continued commentary on when people were and weren’t dancing, Clark went into the Studio and purchased the Introductory Lesson as a present for my birthday…..

Deb: “Dancing Lessons! Finally! I wanted these for Christmas.”
Clark: “Our first lesson is this coming Friday.”
Deb: “But I don’t know how to dance!” Panicked because dancing at home with her parakeet was not for public observation and censure.
Clark: “Isn’t that the reason we’re going?” Smug because he had learned how to Country Western dance at Southern Junction.
Deb: “But I really don’t know how to dance!” My tap dance history wasn’t going to count here, I could tell, and this was before “Dancing with the Stars” started!

The highlights of being brave enough to go to that first class:
• 2006 Texas Showdown: Top Solo Couple Award
• 2007 San Francisco Dance-O-Rama: Top Amateur Couple Full Bronze Award
• 2008 SUPERAMA (New Orleans): Top Amateur Couple Full Bronze Award, Amateur 3-Dance Rhythm Finalists. More importantly, we met our teacher's goal and stayed on our feet during the Amateur 3-Dance, although we didn’t have the stamina to keep our energy up through it.
• 2009 SUPERAMA (Las Vegas): Top Amateur Couple Associate Bronze Award, Amateur 3-Dance Rhythm Finalists. We met our teacher's goal and interacted with each other, and received a lot of wonderful comments about our connection and interaction with each other. Getting positive comments from the “fans” we developed that weekend was worth more than the judges’ scores.

We love dancing and we owe it all to Arthur Murray. We started dancing with our head teacher in 2006; she wanted to take the robot out of our Samba, so worked with us on a Samba solo. Now she has selected a team of teachers that are keeping us challenged and focused on becoming competitive dancers. We are currently improving our interaction and technique on our 3-Dance Rhythm routines, and working on a Tango solo that will be incorporated into our Amateur 3-Dance Smooth routines for 2011.

Dancing has helped us be more than the Engineers we are professionally; it’s helped us “get out of our heads” and be in the best shaped we’ve ever been in our lives. Recently we’ve added Yoga to our routine in order to help our balance and core control so that we can improve our dancing.
Knowing how to dance is like having a secret weapon; it’s something you can use if you need to, or have to. And there’s the added joy of having the confidence of breaking out in dance whenever and wherever the music is good. How fun is that?

As for my bone density, after 6 years of dancing it’s now in the Normal range. My doctor is thrilled!

Deb & Clark

We started dancing at Arthur Murray March 2003 not long after the Dallas Studio relocated to the LBJ location.

I had been diagnosed with osteopena (the precursor to osteoporosis) in 2001 and was told to focus on “weight-bearing” exercise in order to grow bone. Clark wanted to work with me to increase my bone mass and so from 2001 until March 2003 we tried
• Power walking inside on treadmills. We didn’t like doing that because we walked at different paces (I walk faster) and it was boring.

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Deb & Clark

I dreamed of dancing again…it happened. In the late 70s early 80’s., I was in a dance club that did West Coast Swing. Now thanks to my wonderful husband I am dancing again, doing more than just West Coast Swing and LOVING it.

How this came about is another story. Late December of 2006 I lost my mother and yes I was a little depressed. Spring of 2007 my husband said something about taking dance lessons, because he knew how much it meant to me and I think he wanted to lift my spirits (and that it did). The day he said something about taking lessons, I was at the studio that day signing us up. Admittedly at first my husband was thinking…what have I gotten myself into. He now enjoys it, for social dancing and I on the other hand have been bit by the competition bug. I really enjoy the excitement of the competition, watching the other competitors and the friends that I have made across the United States. I love the dresses that we get to wear when we are at competition, the smooth dresses make you feel so elegant and the latin dress make you feel sexy and sometimes all of that in one day.

Exercise (that nasty word)…what a GREAT way to get exercise (beats a treadmill). I lost weight from the beginning of my dancing, and then in April of 2009 I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. I decided then and there that I was going to beat the diabetes that it was not going to beat me. I changed my diet that day and started dancing a little harder. Through diet and dancing (exercise) I have lost about 40 lbs. and stayed off of the diabetes medication.

Do I think you would like to start taking lessons to learn to dance? YES

You say you have two “left” feet…I have heard that before, then the ones that said that start taking lessons with one of the great instructors and they don’t have two “left” feet anymore!

Yes…West Coast Swing is still my personal favorite, but I enjoy all of the dances.

Sharon Haltom

I dreamed of dancing again…it happened. In the late 70s early 80’s., I was in a dance club that did West Coast Swing. Now thanks to my wonderful husband I am dancing again, doing more than just West Coast Swing and LOVING it.

How this came about is another story. Late December of 2006 I lost my mother and yes I was a little depressed. Spring of 2007 my husband said something about taking dance lessons, because he knew how much it meant to me and I think he wanted to lift my spirits (and that it did).

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Sharon Haltom

When I started taking lessons at Arthur Murray, my self-esteem was at an all time low. I was devastated by my recent separation from my husband of 26 years and needed to find something I could do for myself to get me through those really bad days. I don't even remember what gave me the courage to walk through those doors, but I am so glad I did. From my very first lesson on, I have gradually felt better and better about myself. The encouragement from the instructor's and all the staff and the satisfaction of learning to dance has rebuilt my self-esteem way beyond where I was even before the break-up of my marriage. Dancing is the very best therapy.

When my husband forst moved out I could only listen to talk radio. Listening to music just made me sad and reminded me of happier times. After a few weeks of dance lessons, I began to listen to music again. I found I was listening to figure out what dance to do to each song. I wasn't even listening to the words. Now, I love listening to music again and enjoy trying to figure out which dance goes with each song.

The instructors at Arthur Murray are always so up and positive and complimentary (who doesn't need that?). It's a wonderful, fun environment and impossible to feel bad when you are there. I recommend Arthur Murray dance lessons to anyone - particularly anyone facing a difficult time in their life. Even if things are going well, dancing can only make it better!

Martha

When I started taking lessons at Arthur Murray, my self-esteem was at an all time low. I was devastated by my recent separation from my husband of 26 years and needed to find something I could do for myself to get me through those really bad days. I don't even remember what gave me the courage to walk through those doors, but I am so glad I did. From my very first lesson on, I have gradually felt better and better about myself.

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Martha

I was recently asked to share how my experiences at Arthur Murray’s dance studio have impacted my life. So how do you give a testimonial with out sounding like a corny commercial? Well usually you can’t but lets try anyway.
First off no matter who you are you have to find something you love that makes you feel good and relieves your stress. For some that’s family, but quite often they can cause stress too, for others it’s the gym but we all know how boring that can get, and the list goes on. For me its become dancing or more specifically Ballroom dancing. I have a rather stressful job but with in the first month I was more relaxed and happier. When I’m at the studio the rest of the world stays out side the door. My stress level has gone down so much that I have not been sick sense I started dancing about 9 months ago.
Now if you if you’ve found ‘what’ you want to do then you have to find a ‘where’ that’s going to enjoyable too. When I first came in I didn’t quite know what to expect but was immediately greeted with a smile and a friendly face that put me at ease. And every day sense I’ve been greeted with that same friendly and energetic attitude. This is a positive learning environment, totally tailored to your dancing desires and schedule. I look forward to coming here. Every new step, every new layer, I want to know more. So yes you’d be right to say I’m totally addicted. I’ll probably dancing for the rest of my life.
Your probably 1 of 3 groups of people, you want to be a better social dancer, your going to a wedding or you saw it on TV or the movies. Myself I’m the last. But no matter why you stepped through the door the first time I hope you stay. I hope you will embrace dance as I have, my current philosophy of life is summed up by the phrase “Dance to live, Live to dance”.

Nathan Higgins

I was recently asked to share how my experiences at Arthur Murray’s dance studio have impacted my life. So how do you give a testimonial with out sounding like a corny commercial? Well usually you can’t but lets try anyway.
First off no matter who you are you have to find something you love that makes you feel good and relieves your stress. For some that’s family, but quite often they can cause stress too, for others it’s the gym but we all know how boring that can get,

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Nathan Higgins

For a couple of years now I have had the interest in learning how to dance better, especially the ballroom, latin, and rhythm dances. Being a 25 year old professional chef, I have never gotten the chance to take any kind of dance class, lesson or be involved with that many social activities. It wasn't until a year ago that I made the decision of changing my career path from the high-end restaurants and country clubs around town to a private school.

Now I have a great job with great hours that allows me to explore my different interests and open up some social outlets and one of them is learning how to dance ballroom. In March of 2009, two months before I stepped through the doors of Arthur Murray, I weighed 295 pounds and now I have lost about 40-50 pounds. Dancing is not the only thing that helped me lose the weight, but it has helped me keep the weight off and has helped me stay healthy and fit.

Have you ever been some place new and you don't know anyone, and the people that work don't even notice that you enter the place and it takes at least a minute for someone to introduce themselves to you? For me that would make me feel unwelcome and unappreciated. Here at Arthur Murray, it is totally the opposite! Once you walk through their doors one or two of the instructors will introduce themselves and make you feel like you are at Grandma's house, all warm and friendly, but professional. That is what I experienced when I first stepped through those doors and ever since that first day, I keep on coming back again and again!

There are many reasons why I keep on coming back for more. One is because I have figured out that I do love to dance and I have only been dancing or coming to Arthur Murray for classes and lessons for about four months now. Within those four months, I have surprised myself with all that I have learned thus far and how far I have come in my dancing ability. The way that I carry myself now with confidence and poise on and off the floor is remarkable, and the style of clothes that I wear has even changed some. Also, for me, dance is not just a way to work on my social ability or something that helps me release some tension from a long days work. Now, it has a totally different meaning and something that you can't experience through words. It is something that you have to experience in person!

The instructors here at Arthur Murray love people and they love to dance. In my opinion, they are the most professional dancers that you will have the chance to work with. Each and every student here at Arthur Murray is respected and valued as a part of the family. Now, I can say to my friends that I do know how to dance and with confidence as well. Now, I have the love of dance flowing through me that will never go away. Quote by Kathryn Murray: "Dance like no one is watching."

Parker McCann

For a couple of years now I have had the interest in learning how to dance better, especially the ballroom, latin, and rhythm dances. Being a 25 year old professional chef, I have never gotten the chance to take any kind of dance class, lesson or be involved with that many social activities. It wasn't until a year ago that I made the decision of changing my career path from the high-end restaurants and country clubs around town to a private school.

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Parker McCann

Sound familiar? I used to say the same thing and always promised myself - "SOMEDAY..." Well, on July 2nd, 2007 I made good on that promise and took the Introductory Lesson at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Plano. Angelo was my instructor for that lesson and is still one of my instructors a year and a half later. Time has certainly flown by and little did I realize all the benefits that awaited me!
Of course, the obvious one was learning to dance, and not just one dance but twelve different dances! Then came the fun of learning each one and working through the techniques, styles, and steps of the Arthur Murray Syllabus. All those stpes and variations will certainly keep me busy! With more to come at the next level!
The social aspect has been another benefit. Meeting new people and making friends with my fellow students and the staff has been a real pleasure. Arthur Murray creates a safe, professional environment that I can go to to learn and enjoy dancing.
I never thought I'd be involved in costumes, make-up, acting, formations, solos, and competitions by taking dance lessons, but those are other benefits I have found along the way.
Then there are travel opportunities and the chance to compete if you choose to. While at these competitions you get the opportunity to watch top professionals compete and perform. It is very exciting and motivating.
I've been surprised to see the benefit of setting goals in my dancing and then the pride that comes from achieving them. My instructors and the executive team work with me to do this and it has made me more focused on what I plan to do each year. Weight loss and weight management have been other benefits I've experienced. Along with a proper diet, dancing has helped me achieve the goal of losing twenty pounds and keeping it off!
I'm glad I fulfilled this promise to myself because my Arthur Murray journey has been a successful one and I hope to continue it for many more years!

Tev Brannan

Sound familiar? I used to say the same thing and always promised myself - "SOMEDAY..." Well, on July 2nd, 2007 I made good on that promise and took the Introductory Lesson at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Plano. Angelo was my instructor for that lesson and is still one of my instructors a year and a half later. Time has certainly flown by and little did I realize all the benefits that awaited me!
Of course, the obvious one was learning to dance,

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Tev Brannan

My new husband and I love to travel the world and always have had great respect for those who can dance well, especially as partners. My then fiance, Dean, and I came to Arthur Murray just two weeks before our wedding day. We were hoping to look "synch-esque" and possibly glamour our guests into thinking we had started lessons months ago.

Moments into our first lesson, we were both completely at ease and on our way to a beautiful wedding dance. After two sessions, we continued practicing up until our big day where we sailed around the dance floor effortlessly. We were so delighted by our experience that we continued to take private lessons upon our return from our honeymoon.

We had an excellent instructor, perfect for our needs. Thanks to his and the Dallas Team's instruction we have learned to foxtrot, waltz, swing, cha-cha, tango, rumba and even disco well enough to have the confidence to be the first couple onto the dance floor. It seems as though every instructor on the Dallas Team enjoys their job immensely and they know just where and when to make adjustments to your footwork, patterns and technique, making them the greatest dance ambassadors!

Heidi & Dean Somes

My new husband and I love to travel the world and always have had great respect for those who can dance well, especially as partners. My then fiance, Dean, and I came to Arthur Murray just two weeks before our wedding day. We were hoping to look "synch-esque" and possibly glamour our guests into thinking we had started lessons months ago.

Moments into our first lesson, we were both completely at ease and on our way to a beautiful wedding dance.

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Heidi & Dean Somes

We have been taking a dance lesson once a week at the Arthur Murray Studio in Dallas for about 5 years. We have made it our “date-night”, going out for a casual dinner before dancing, and after 32 years of marriage, it is something we both look forward to all week. No matter how we feel that day or what kind of a mood we are in, we know that once we get there, we will be laughing and having a lot of fun. It sure beats sitting on the sofa watching TV and what could be better than spending an hour in your sweetheart’s arms? We alternate our instruction mostly between two teachers, but have had a lesson with most of the instructors. They are all top notch professionals that know their craft well and make sure every client has a wonderful experience. We plan to keep on dancing until we can’t!

Richard & Kathy Joseph

We have been taking a dance lesson once a week at the Arthur Murray Studio in Dallas for about 5 years. We have made it our “date-night”, going out for a casual dinner before dancing, and after 32 years of marriage, it is something we both look forward to all week. No matter how we feel that day or what kind of a mood we are in, we know that once we get there, we will be laughing and having a lot of fun.

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Richard & Kathy Joseph

It is always a great pleasure for me to travel to Dallas to work with the great Students and Staff at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio's. There is never a moment of boredom as the energy is electric which creates sooooo much fun and you never want to leave, it's addictive

Michelle Montague

It is always a great pleasure for me to travel to Dallas to work with the great Students and Staff at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio's. There is never a moment of boredom as the energy is electric which creates sooooo much fun and you never want to leave, it's addictive

Michelle Montague

I began my incredible journey with Arthur Murray in October, 2006. I will never forget walking in for my first lesson. It was a day of excitement. I came in that day thinking that I would take a few lessons and never dreaming that it would change my life forever. Within a week of coming to the studio, I remember coming up to the manager to tell her, "The staff and everyone here is my family. Thank you to you and your staff for letting me be a part of this fabulous family." When I walk in the doors each day, you can feel the energy, excitement, and enthusiasm of everyone that is there. Once you walk through those doors, you do not want to leave.
All of my instructors have given me the greatest tools to become the best dancer I can possibly be. It is through their love, care, belief, and high expectations that I have been able to achieve things in my dancing that I never dreamed would be possible. I will never forget the feeling that I felt this past summer after winning the Country Western 2-Dance and seeing how proud everyone was of me. It is a feeling that is priceless! All of my instructors as well as the staff have given me a passion that I do not feel I would have found elsewhere.
From the time I started dancing at Arthur Murray, I have developed a new self image. My entire outlook on life has become 100% more positive than it was before. I feel like I now have a reason to hold my head up high and that I can conquer whatever life might throw at me. I have gained confidence in both dancing and in my life that only gets stronger each day that I dance. I have slowly begun to believe in myself not only as a dancer, but as a person, too. Since coming to Arthur Murray I have met so many wonderful and amazing people that have become life-long friends.
Dancing is such an enriching experience that one can never put a price on it. Dancing is PRICELESS! I never dreamed that dancing would have such an impact on my life. It is an incredible journey that will only get better! I can never say enough times to everyone, Thank You for changing my life forever!

Kristin Meggers

I began my incredible journey with Arthur Murray in October, 2006. I will never forget walking in for my first lesson. It was a day of excitement. I came in that day thinking that I would take a few lessons and never dreaming that it would change my life forever. Within a week of coming to the studio, I remember coming up to the manager to tell her, "The staff and everyone here is my family. Thank you to you and your staff for letting me be a part of this fabulous family." When I walk in the doors each day,

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Kristin Meggers

I have always found the Dallas AM studio as super high energy. Whether it was the enthusiasm of the staff or fun line dances they did in between lessons there always seems to be an effort to create a fun and lively environment. I would also have to say the extremely high dance level has always impressed me.

Bob Powers

I have always found the Dallas AM studio as super high energy. Whether it was the enthusiasm of the staff or fun line dances they did in between lessons there always seems to be an effort to create a fun and lively environment. I would also have to say the extremely high dance level has always impressed me.

Bob Powers

An Arthur Murray Recipe,
Take one boring couple...living together, co-existing, happily married, but not really happy...raising three great kids to be just as boring as they are...biding time on earth, loving each other, but always a little empty.

Add one crazy idea - learn to dance as a surprise for the wedding of a special niece who happens to be an Arthur Murray instructor in another state.

Stir in one amazing dance instructor, and VOILA! You have a middle aged couple who can do an underarm turn and some 5th position breaks at a wedding in Ohio. So there is a happy ending.

BUT WAIT...does this mean the story is over? One wedding and that's it? Wife says to husband, "I really enjoyed that, but I guess we are done. I don't really want to quit, though." Husband says to wife, "No way! I want to keep dancing!"

So, husband and wife continue dancing, enjoying, growing. And suddenly a new instructor joins the mix. WHAT? They are having a lesson with someone else? That can't be right...they aren't very good. Maybe it was just a one time thing...a lucky break in the schedule. But, he actually likes them...and they like him. WOOHOO...the happy little dance family is growing.

They go to some big events and watch a lot...dance a little (still too unsure of themselves to really take any risks). Then along comes Retrorama and the chance to do a first solo together. Uh-Oh! Cha-Cha? Really? They barely know that one! They have been clinging to waltz and rumba like they were incapable of anything else. But teacher does not accept no for an answer. There will be cha cha! "Hey, Daddy", a little costume fun, and a surprise ending to a solo that gets the couple lots of smiles and comments, and the next thing you know, these people think they can dance. Bring it on!

They celebrate their one year Arthur Murray anniversary at Texas Showdown with a "sexiest solo" award for a Tango routine and get an outsider's view of their dancing by watching themselves on video for the first time. OH!!!! Not great but certainly not as bad as they had feared. Neither of them has ever been a very confident person. But look how much fun they have and how much they enjoy dancing. They could really get better if they wanted to! A little self-esteem and confidence can be a wonderful and somewhat dangerous thing.

Things are really starting to change...they are getting happier...appearances are changing...people are noticing them! People they have not seen in a while are commenting on how "different" they are but cannot put their finger on how or why! Just "different"...more sure of themselves...standing up taller, ready to be seen instead of hiding in corners...dressing differently...caring more about themselves and everyone around them...giving off a more confident "aura" some people say. Could it be the dance? Could it be anything BUT the dance?

They win "Most Enthusiastic" at the Holiday Show and then cart off to Cancun and win "Top Newcomer Couple"! WHAT is going on? These are boring people. How did this happen?

Now they are working on an Austin Powers Salsa/Samba solo for this year's Solo Showcase and really learning how to connect in Tango...and loving every minute of it. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE???

Arthur Murray has changed their lives. Dance has changed their lives. All of the teacher and staff have had a hand in changing them into new, better, happier people. And the franchisees, Zack and Claudia, who put them all together in this incredible place called Arthur Murray Dallas deserve praise for their ability to create such a magical place to be.

The couple who started dancing almost two years ago as a wedding surprise for a special niece are still at it...spending time in each other's arms...growing even closer than they thought possible...dancing to the music and creating some of their own, too. All thanks to the special people who call themselves Team Dallas!

Jeff & Sarah Schneck

An Arthur Murray Recipe,
Take one boring couple...living together, co-existing, happily married, but not really happy...raising three great kids to be just as boring as they are...biding time on earth, loving each other, but always a little empty.

Add one crazy idea - learn to dance as a surprise for the wedding of a special niece who happens to be an Arthur Murray instructor in another state.

Stir in one amazing dance instructor, and VOILA!

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Jeff & Sarah Schneck

If you are reading this then you want to know more about your Dallas and Plano Arthur Murray Dance Studios! As coaches that travel to various Arthur Murray Dance Studios we would like to share our experience with the Dallas and Plano studios.

Firstly, the students of the school have been very warm and welcoming. When working directly with them we have found them to be fun and exciting, always ready to add to the spirit of joy and camaraderie that their teachers are trying to fuel during each moment in the studio.

The teachers are hardworking and dedicated. They are serious about their dancing, they are serious about their teaching and they are serious about making learning how to dance be fun, rewarding and inspirational!

Finally, Zack and Claudia, your Studio Directors. They start with “heart”. Over the years they have seen how the magic of dancing has shaped and enhanced lives. This is the fuel that keeps them striving daily to make sure that your dance dreams and goals are fulfilled. They do everything they can to empower your teachers, from having a great facility to work in, to having ongoing education from the best minds in our industry for them on a regular basis. This ensures that you, the student, get the most up to date and highest quality dance education!

Joe And Leisa Howard

If you are reading this then you want to know more about your Dallas and Plano Arthur Murray Dance Studios! As coaches that travel to various Arthur Murray Dance Studios we would like to share our experience with the Dallas and Plano studios.

Firstly, the students of the school have been very warm and welcoming. When working directly with them we have found them to be fun and exciting, always ready to add to the spirit of joy and camaraderie that their teachers are trying to fuel during each moment in the studio.

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Joe And Leisa Howard

I first purchased a group of five Arthur Murray lessons for my wife and me in December of 2005 as an "out of the box" Christmas gift. Little did I know at the time that we'd still be enjoying the experience and learning a lot four years later.
Arthur Murray has been a positive experience in so many ways. The lessons allow us to participate in an activity that we both like, and help us to enjoy life as a couple. We're enthusiastic about making progress towards achieving a common goal in a supportive environment. It's great to work as a couple at a fun, challenging activity that's both physically and mentally stimulating.
Of course, the dancing instructors and staff at Arthur Murray are first rate; they display an uncommon blend of knowledge, enthusiasm, and patience that make the overall experience a true pleasure. They're great to work with, consistently pleasant, and very supportive. They are all expectional instructors. We are fortunate to learn dancing from such a competent, fun, and enthusiastic team.
Finally, we enjoy meeting and dancing with others who have similar interests and skills. It's fun to meet other dancers during the group lessons, and rewarding to gain experience dancing with a variety of people. It's also fun to strengthen those friendships through the various parties and events that Arthur Murray sponsors throughout the year.
Our time at Arthur Murray is something that we value a great deal. Arthur Murray is a big part of many happy memories that we will treasure for a long time to come.

Jon & Janne Motter

I first purchased a group of five Arthur Murray lessons for my wife and me in December of 2005 as an "out of the box" Christmas gift. Little did I know at the time that we'd still be enjoying the experience and learning a lot four years later.
Arthur Murray has been a positive experience in so many ways. The lessons allow us to participate in an activity that we both like, and help us to enjoy life as a couple.

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Jon & Janne Motter

"I had the most wonderful dancing experience with Arthur Murray Dallas for a local charity event. Not only was my instructor fabulous (and patient), but everyone from the reception desk to the other instructors, to the other clients was encouraging and helpful also. This is a place where anyone of any age can learn to dance. I saw pre-teens to the over 70 crowd taking lessons. Our charity event has ended, but my lessons at Arthur Murray will continue. What a great place it is! And guys...women LOVE men who can dance."

Rebecca Miller

"I had the most wonderful dancing experience with Arthur Murray Dallas for a local charity event. Not only was my instructor fabulous (and patient), but everyone from the reception desk to the other instructors, to the other clients was encouraging and helpful also. This is a place where anyone of any age can learn to dance. I saw pre-teens to the over 70 crowd taking lessons. Our charity event has ended, but my lessons at Arthur Murray will continue. What a great place it is!

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Rebecca Miller

The trips to Arthur Murray Dallas and Plano are always great, we enjoyed it very much!!! The students and staff were very nice, and organization is always on the level. Thank you very much for the experience!!! We are looking forward to seeing you again!!!!

Ruslan Aydaev & Valeriya Kozharinova

The trips to Arthur Murray Dallas and Plano are always great, we enjoyed it very much!!! The students and staff were very nice, and organization is always on the level. Thank you very much for the experience!!! We are looking forward to seeing you again!!!!

Ruslan Aydaev & Valeriya Kozharinova

My husband, Ed Lusk, had a massive hemorrhagic stroke on July 25, 2009. The prognosis was that he had about a 10% survival rate and if he survived he would have major right side deficits. He did survive and has engaged on a very intensive rehabilitation program. Today he walks with out any assistance, climbs 22 stairs daily to his office and bedroom and putts for 18 holes of golf weekly. Dancing at the Arthur Murray Studio was the single most significant contribution to this success. Our daughter, told him in April that she wanted him to dance at her wedding in July. He began taking lessons and danced at her wedding. He has continued dancing, executing increasingly more complicated steps. The dancing lessons initially had a huge impact on his balance and confidence in not falling. His fear of going backwards, sideways and even just moving his hips have all gone away through dance. Speech was and is a major work in progress, but the positive environment of the Arthur Murray Studio also played a role in him becoming fully engaged in a new life, different, but oh so happy!!

Alice Lusk

My husband, Ed Lusk, had a massive hemorrhagic stroke on July 25, 2009. The prognosis was that he had about a 10% survival rate and if he survived he would have major right side deficits. He did survive and has engaged on a very intensive rehabilitation program. Today he walks with out any assistance, climbs 22 stairs daily to his office and bedroom and putts for 18 holes of golf weekly. Dancing at the Arthur Murray Studio was the single most significant contribution to this success.

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Alice Lusk

"I'd never ballroom danced in the past, but I watched some movies. I just loved it after my first couple of lessons and decided to stick with it. It's a great way to exercise without knowing that you're exercising. And that's what I love, because I don't run unless I'm being chased, and I hate the gym. I love learning all the different types of dance, whether it's the waltz or the cha-cha ... and I [love] the challenge of putting [a] whole routine together."

Fiona Gorostiza

"I'd never ballroom danced in the past, but I watched some movies. I just loved it after my first couple of lessons and decided to stick with it. It's a great way to exercise without knowing that you're exercising. And that's what I love, because I don't run unless I'm being chased, and I hate the gym. I love learning all the different types of dance, whether it's the waltz or the cha-cha ... and I [love] the challenge of putting [a] whole routine together."

Fiona Gorostiza

I fell into dancing right around the time I started graduate school. It happened one evening in February 2007. I remember I used to see the studio every evening off the highway, feeling tired from an overwhelming night of classes and studying and just thinking, "Man, if I could only dance, I am sure I would feel so much better." I remembered that I grew up watching ballroom shows on television and wishing that I could do that one day. I made it my New Year's Resolution that year to do something for myself, so I decided to go back to the one thing I knew I did fairly well as a kid - dancing. I put my fears aside and walked into the Dallas studio and left feeling like a new woman!

I have danced since I was 4 years old. In my home country of Guayaquil, Ecuador social dancing was the norm. I grew up dancing salsa, merengue and the traditional music of my country - cumbia - but ballroom was different for me. Before I joined the studio I had not danced in about 3 years. I was a parent, a wife, and a student who felt overwhelmed with the responsibilities of everyday life and did not think I could in a busy schedule fill in a couple of minutes of fun just for myself.

I started dancing at least once a week, then several times a month, learning a few steps here and there and training my muscles to just relax and enjoy the music. I felt a bit awkward at first dancing without a partner (since my husband does not dance and did not want to join me in my new endeavor), but I did not care. I would continue dancing just to see where it would take me.

Through dancing at the Dallas studio, I have met some new friends, learned new steps outside of my comfort zone and learned how to dress up again. The studio is my other home, the one place where I can unwind and forget about the housework for a bit, and the science project I have to help my daughter finish or the stress of life as a news reporter.

I look forward to my dance classes not only because I can "chill out" for those couple of minutes, but because I can see my friends and also my instructors who make "how was your day?" sound so welcoming and just wonderful.

Why wouldn't I want to do this forever?

Karina Ramirez

I fell into dancing right around the time I started graduate school. It happened one evening in February 2007. I remember I used to see the studio every evening off the highway, feeling tired from an overwhelming night of classes and studying and just thinking, "Man, if I could only dance, I am sure I would feel so much better." I remembered that I grew up watching ballroom shows on television and wishing that I could do that one day.

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Karina Ramirez
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