Many of us would find it hard to believe that, during the 1900s, very few danced in public.

And when they did, quite exclusively, it was mainly at weddings and social events.


Spinning and bending, yet not so fantastic, while waltz, tango, and polka music played.

Well, that all began to change around 1910, when ragtime music took the country by storm.

A New York City's lower east side, by all accounts a very poor immigrant neighborhood, an awkward shy teenage boy caught the dancing bug. The problem was that he had no idea what to do when music was playing and he held a pretty young lady in his arms.

Moses Teichman thought he might be an aspiring architect. Though, initially, he supported himself as an errand boy.

inspired by an embarrassing evening at a local dance party, Moses made the life-changing decision to improve his dancing and take lessons.

The tall and slender teenager caught on quickly. And by 1912, he was teaching at a huge New York exhibition hall called "The Grand Central Palace." One thing led to another. The young Teichman americanized his name to Arthur Murray and the rest, as they say, is history.

AuthorKyle Carvajal

As educators, there is a fine process we go through with our students on their dance journey.

After all, learning to dance is absolutely a lot of fun, but, challenging at the same time. That is why we refer students to check out the “ Dancer’s Curve of Learning” chart.

Research has discovered, there are 4 key stages to learning a new skill, such as, ballroom dancing for example. As a helpful tool, the Curve of Learning helps us keep in mind whatever we are experiencing is completely normal, and a part of the growing process. Obstacles we confront during our practice time, is usually a sign we are expanding our knowledge, and moving onto the next stage of learning.

From our own experience dancing with thousands of students, we know first hand that when the going gets tough, it’s important to keep a growth-mindset mentality.

The choice to keep pushing forward, determines whether or not students will reach their dance goals, or any other goal outside of dance for that matter.

One good example of a great mentality to embody is none other than the great, Thomas Edison.

“As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

Basically, what we’re saying is when the challenge arises, don’t give up, and think like Thomas Edison. Remember the stages to the Curve of Learning.

Whether you are on Stage 1 or Stage 4, we encourage you to keep raising that bar for yourself, and set new dance/personal goals as often as possible!

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Stage 1: Initial Stage

In the initial stage, students are introduced to the step or skill, and are still learning while absorbing new information.

Stage 2: Awkward Stage

In the Awkward Stage, dancers have increased awareness but experience frequent difficulty using their new skills.

Stage 3: Conscious Use

Transitioning into Conscious Use, students are able to dance more efficiently, with less difficulty. Still requiring thought steps, the skill is beginning to show!

Stage 4: Natural Use

Finally, students can dance with ease while being spontaneous, comfortable, and creative using their skill. This level is achieved only after a period of practice and dedication.

Happy practicing!

AuthorCara Recine

“Cut the Apple!”

This shout signaled first steps to the Big Apple Dance, popularized in Columbia, South Carolina, during the 1930s by Arthur Murray teachers. This group dance became so popular and so big, literally, that night clubs across the country had to ban it after second-floor and balcony dance floors collapsed due to an overload of weight.

Much like the alcohol prohibition, though, this only made the dance more notorious for its fun-giving attributes. And it is what ultimately lead the Arthur Murray Dance Studios to international fame, with studios franchising all across the continents, including.Australia, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

The Big Apple Dance has been featured in numerous American Films during the 1930s as well as the 2010 movie named, “Dancing the Big Apple 1937.”

The Big Apple Dance includes many fundamental dance steps such as swing, jazz, and the tango. And what better way to master these and incorporate them into your own dance routine, and add to your level of creativity than to learn from a master?

Our award-winning Arthur Murray teachers will ensure that you have the best and most fun experience in Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Stop on by. We’d love to meet you, and to help boost your dancing skills while having a blast!

Oh, and our dancing area is only on one floor. So, our daily group dances and party sessions, on Wednesday and Friday nights @ 8:30PM, can be as massive as possible. Join the fun!

AuthorKyle Carvajal