Footloose + Flash Mob = Fun

This past Saturday our studio performed in downtown Waco at Heritage Square. But this wasn’t a regular show, it was a flash mob.

Naturally, tons of people were lined up for the buses to the Baylor game. But they weren’t expecting they’d be treated to a show while they waited!

At exactly 10:05, our studio came together – out of nowhere – and performed three songs as a group. Of course, given the month, we had to lead off with a routine for Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September”. Then we performed to “Let’s Go Crazy” before finishing with “Footloose” and the line dance featured in the movie. We even pulled people out of the crowd to join!

It was such a great time that we all agreed we have to do another one. So be on the lookout for the next surprise performance. We wonder if you can guess where we will be next!

Waco Shows Up to the Showdown

Recent Happenings

In the last couple of months, we have been really busy! At Boston Dance-A-Rama, we got a ton of awards! We also had our Solo Showcase on the beautiful main street in Grapevine, Texas. 32 students performed, many for the first time. Finally, we had our first ever “Night Outs” (pictured above), where over 40 students got together with our staff and took everything they’ve been learning out on the town! 

Dance Camp

Upcoming is Dance Camp on Saturday, August 27th. At this event in the studio, we’ll have four 45 minute group classes in succession for intensive learning. The Dance Camp will help fundraise for our staff training in September.

Downtown Waco Flash Mob

Next, we will be doing a flash mob in downtown Waco on Saturday, September 17th. We’ll meet that day at 1:30 to practice before heading out to do a surprise performance for the community.

Texas Showdown

Finally, we’ll be at Texas Showdown from September 30th through October 2nd. This is the closest thing students can get to one of our big international dance competitions. Except it’s in our own backyard. Over one weekend in Dallas on Lake Rockwall, we’ll be dancing, competing, and mingling with other Arthur Murray studios from Dallas, Austin, Forth Worth, and more. This is a great stepping stone for students. If you think you want to dabble in competitions but don’t want to make a full commitment, here you can see what its all about, at a fraction of the price.

We’re Going Out on the Town

group of adults dancing together in club

We have some exciting events coming up!

Night Out on the Town

We’re going out on the town together as a studio! Test out the moves you have practiced “out in the wild”. Don’t worry, you’ll have the support of the Arthur Murray Waco family dancing alongside you. First night out on the town is Saturday, May 21st! Check the calendar for other dates.

Spring Dance Challenge

This one day event is built especially for newcomers to try out the competitive side of dancing. Do as few or as many routines as you want. You’ll get a taste of what it’s like at our big Dance-O-Ramas. Bonus: you won’t have to travel. Plus, you will receive valuable feedback to take with you back at the studio. Join us Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th 🙂

Solo Showcase

You came to Arthur Murray Waco because you love Dancing with the Stars. Now get to live it. Perform a routine with your teacher in a beautiful theater on a vintage street of Grapevine, Texas.

Most students get into ballroom dancing with performance being the last thing on their mind. But many students find that performing is a great way to set goals, achieve them, and make more progress than you would have otherwise. A great way to get out of your comfort zone and don’t worry, our teachers will make sure you’re prepared. This event takes place Sunday, June 26th!

That’s all for now Arthur Murray fam! See you on the dance floor!

Here We Come, Hawaii and More…

Hi everyone! Hope your 2022 has started off on the right foot!

Here’s what’s new at Arthur Murray Waco:

Hawaii Dance-O-Rama

Hawaii, here we come! From Tuesday, January 25th through January 29th, the studio will close while our teachers and a core of adventurous students will be dancing and competing in Hawaii. Let’s show the rest of Arthur Murray what we have been working so hard on in Waco!

Bronze 2/3 Classes

Look for our new, advanced class on Thursday nights at 7:30 PM, starting in February. This is our Bronze 2/3 class. We have watched our students progress so much since opening (HAS IT BEEN ALMOST TWO YEARS ALREADY?). We want to keep challenging our most avid learners. The best part about teaching dance is watching our students grow so we are so excited for this.

More Series!

Our series classes have been a hit. What started as an experiment will be here to stay! As a reminder, our series classes allow students to stayed focused on a particular style over a three week period, with each week building on the last.

In February, we will have these three-part series in the following order:

  • Zouk
  • Country Western Cha Cha
  • Paso Doble
  • Bachata

That’s all for now! There are other little class improvements, so check out the calendar page for the full schedule! 

See you in the studio 🙂

Updates to Our Class Schedule!

Dancing tango. Street dancers performing tango dance

Starting the week of 8/23/21, we have updated our schedule with new three new classes!

Three Part Focused Dance Series

On Saturdays at 1:30 PM we have added a three-part series of classes to delve deeply into one particular dance style. We start things off with a series focused on Argentine Tango, a dance that is always popular among our students. After that series concludes, we will slow things down with Lindy Hop and finally, move onto Mambo. These series replace our Bronze 2 class originally in this time-slot.

More All Level Variety on Saturday

Earlier on Saturdays at 12:45 PM, we have added a new All Level class. This All Level class will cycle through Ballroom, Swing, Latin, and Country. This class replaces our Saturday Newcomer class that mainly worked on just Swing and Country, allowing our weekend warriors to gain exposure to a larger array of dances.

Open-Ended Newcomer Class

Thursday’s Newcomer class is now open to any style. We will decide on the particular style based on our student’s preferences that week. This change will allow us to be more flexible in catering to the our student’s needs and keep things fresh!

We think these changes will provide more opportunities to deepen your learning and explore a wider range of offerings. All of these updates are on our calendars, which you can access here!

VIRTUAL Interactive Private LESSONS

We know what you’re thinking… “Seriously? How much could I really get out of a lesson from a teacher on a computer screen or tablet?”

We hear you.

However, the one thing you can always expect from Arthur Murrays, is that this company is constantly evolving, doing everything in our power to be relevant, and the COVID-19 situation is no exception.

Just like our patented in-studio syllabus, that’s been creating great dancers for over 100 years, we can assure you that our virtual lesson programs will be a very viable way to get your dance fix! Not to mention, a ton of fun and great exercise!

We know it’s a little unique, but why not give it a try? The worst thing that can happen is that you get a little better in your dancing.

So how about it? Let’s get VIRTUAL! 🙂

How Dancers Survive During the COVID-19 Quarantine

As professional dancers and instructors, you can imagine how stir-crazy Bryan and I are feeling during this time of #shelterathome. However, we have come upon a few tips to help us, and you, stay sane during this very crazy time.

TIP #1: Create a Schedule

We can’t emphasize enough how important this is. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to plan your life and day down to the exact second, but sticking to a routine has definitely helped us to not only stay productive, but it also creates a great sense of accomplishment. That positive energy can go a long way right now, can’t it?

TIP #2: Stay Active & Eat Healthy

This has been especially important for us as we are so used to moving and DANCING at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Every day, we have made it an absolute priority to do SOMETHING active. Whether its going outside to walk our dogs, a 30 minute workout session on youtube, or just doing a few yoga poses, staying active is not only essential for a healthy body, but for a healthy mind as well.

We’ve also been sure to keep our meals nutritious and clean to keep our immune systems strong and healthy. Luckily, I enjoy cooking, but if you don’t, there are some great local restaurants that offer amazing nutritious meals for pick-up, and a lot of them even deliver! You’ll be treating your body well, and also supporting a local business. Win, win!

TIP #3: Finish each day with what you’re thankful for

Bryan and I have found it encouraging at the end of each day to go over what we accomplished that we didn’t have finished when the day began. Did you do something that day that you’re especially proud of? Maybe you finished a home project that you’ve been meaning to do for months, or you cooked an awesome new recipe, or maybe you just put makeup on that day… (for real though, right!?!). Whatever it is, no matter how big or small, celebrate it.

Making a point to remind ourselves of the things we are thankful for: our marriage, our families, our health, a roof over our heads, our Arthur Murray Dance Family… has helped to keep us centered and optimistic when it’s SO EASY to sink into the doldrums.

TIP #4: Remember this won’t last forever

We know it’s hard to look at the big picture at this moment. The days seem to go on forever, and sometimes it’s hard to even remember what day of the week it even is! But we all must remember, that this ISN’T going to last forever. We WILL all get through this. And, when this is all over, Arthur Murray Waco will be waiting for you, with bells on, for all of you to celebrate freedom, community, joy and all of us being better versions of ourselves on the other side of this.

See you all soon. 🙂