Happy Canada 150!

Arthur Murray Etobicoke celebrated Canada’s 150TH with red and white attire, a yummy Canadian Potluck and of course.. LOTS OF DANCING!

The evening wrapped up with all the students and teachers singing a heart warming version of Oh Canada:

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CAN AM Dancesport- July 20th to 23rd

Join us in cheering on our Arthur Murray Etobicoke Competitors at
Can Am this July!

We are excited to announce Ross & Georgina Tollstam, John & Rebecca Horwood, Al Hawryluk, Ludmila Troutanova, Fatima Carlos and Edith Forman will be representing Arthur Murray Etobicoke at Can Am this year.

How Do I Get Started With Ballroom Dance Lessons?

Answer:  Without question, the best way to start with ballroom dance lessons is to learn in a dance studio.  As easy as it may seem, dancing can, unfortunately, be miscategorized as an activity that is only for those born with “dance skill”, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The road to ballroom dance skills begins with finding a studio, scheduling an appointment, and taking your first steps onto a dance floor, and into a world much more accessible than you may have once thought.

ballroom-dance-lessons-location.jpgReputation over Convenience

When looking for the right dance studio, it is essential to find one that has a great reputation, first and foremost.  Sites like Yelp, and Google Reviews, make that much easier and more accessible than ever.  While it may be easy to go with an option that is close to your home or office, a reputable school that is a further drive will create a much better experience in the long run, than a convenient school that isn’t.

Compare this to your favorite restaurant, a great hair salon, or your favorite kid-friendly museum – there are places that are worth the drive because they deliver a memorable experience.

Being Real About Resources

No amount of alcohol, faking it, or “feeling the music” can take the place of instruction from a professional instructor in a reputable dance studio. Unfortunately, many of these situations have to be experienced, in embarrassing fashion, for corrections to be made.

If this were a game of golf, driving a car, or cooking a meal for dinner guests – the same advice would be true.  There’s a reason why there will always be some that struggle with any given activity, and that reason usually was the result of a decision to dismiss the idea of lessons.

The Truth About Dance Videos

There are resources like manuals and videos, but instruction works best when it is a collaborative and interactive process.  Beginning with consistent private lessons will develop a foundation in your dance skills, and muscle memory to make them an eventual habit.

ballroom-dance-lessons-greeting.jpgA Test to Add Value

Since ballroom isn’t an activity that people generally grow up doing, it’s important to try out a lesson before making any purchasing decisions. Any product, not just ballroom dance lessons, has no value if you lack interest or experience in it.  This is precisely why most studios will start with a complimentary lesson.  So you, the prospective student, can see and feel the value first hand before making any commitment of time or resources.

The First Steps

Your first steps into your first dance lesson may take a bit of courage.  It’s a new activity, and it may have all the same adrenaline spiking attributes as walking in to your first day of a new job, a new gym, or a new school.  As is the case with most things outside of your comfort zone, there are internal rewards for crossing the physical threshold of your chosen dance studio.


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5 Advantages to Learning How to Dance On Your Own-by Chris Lyman

The 5 Advantages of Learning How to Dance On Your Own

There are times where patience is a virtue, and times when you’ve got to keep on truckin.  Whether you have been waiting for someone to learn with you, or you’re just looking for your entry point into this fun and healthy hobby – it’s time to make things abundantly clear.

Learning to dance on your own has some great advantages.   Here are 5.

1.  Your Own Pace

Imagine if you, and your entire office, hired one personal trainer.  As noble as it may seem to get you and your colleagues in shape, you’d be stuck working towards an average goal, instead of a specific one.

Advantage:  Learning on your own allows you to work on your dance journey at a pace that is specific to you and your learning style.  

2.  Your Own Role

In social dancing, you are either focusing on being a Leader or a Follower.  Much like Offense and Defense in football, each role has its own, specific skills to make it work.  Adding another person/role to the lesson splits the focus on developing that role.

Advantage:  Learning on your own allows you to focus in on your specific role in social dancing.

3.  Personal Hobby

Social Dancing can be enjoyed as a hobby, with or without a partner.  In some cases, there are those with spouses who don’t like the idea of dancing, and may never will, but have plenty of hobbies of their own.  A hobby doesn’t always have to be a shared activity, just like a favorite style of movie, or food.  It can be a personal preference, and should be something that is fulfilling.

Advantage:  Hobbies don’t have to be shared activities.  

4.  Exercise

The most physically active types of lessons are those where the teacher is dancing and teaching the student one on one.  There are fewer stops in the action, and the professional will ensure that the student is always pushing past their dancing, and fitness, comfort zone.

Advantage:  Learning one on one delivers the best possible fitness results with dancing.

5.  Motivation

Let’s say you are interested in learning, but your spouse isn’t.   Nothing, and we mean nothing, will motivate a resistant spouse to dance more than if their other half starts taking lessons.  It’s the ultimate way to call their bluff, to show them that it isn’t just some whimsical idea, and that you’re perfectly willing to go it alone if necessary.

Advantage:  Starting on your own may be the best way to motivate a hesitant, and potential, dance partner.  

Final Thought

Ballroom Dancing can go by different names – social dancing, touch dancing, or dancesport – but the name that can throw many people off is “partner dancing”.

It’s easy to assume that this requires someone to have a partner to begin dance lessons, and that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Athletes begin to learn their skill before they are ever on a team.

Most singers begin singing far before they join a band.

So why should dancing be any different?  A great dancer will learn how to dance, and then choose to have a dance partner.  No partner, no problem.  Your hobby is waiting for you, and you’ve waited long enough.


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