Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Wendy Reardon has worn many hats. From a writer for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to a papal historian in London, she's journeyed far and wide in her career choices, but anyone who knows her now would say she's at her best without a hat on?after all, it falls off every time she does a graceful inversion. Having been an exotic dancer in Los Angeles and London, she wanted to share the fun, athletic, and confidence building aspects of the industry to women in Massachusetts, and, as a result, opened Gypsy Rose Exotic Fitness & Pole Dancing Lessons. She has even authored "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Exotic & Pole Dancing" and the studio has been featured by a large number of media outlets.
Here, she hosts small and personalized classes for participants, ensuring each of them truly learns the topic at hand. She inspired gals of all ages, shapes, and fitness levels to boost their confidence and strengthen their bodies, with Release the Kraken for beginners and Poultry in Motion teaching free-style swings, poses, and ankle swings. Her classes don't shy away from the more racy side of the art form either, with subjects ranging from striptease to couple's lap dances, complete with recitals.
Jen and Jay, the brother and sister duo behind JFit 360, have different backgrounds but one unified goal—to help their clients incorporate fitness into their circle of well-being and health. Jay, a US marine sniper and MMA fighter, and Jen, a marathon runner and certified personal trainer, both lead classes that include personal training with specialties in boxing, MMA, kettlebell training, yoga, and running. They also conduct group personal-training sessions that offer the same one-on-one benefits of personal training but in a fun, supportive group atmosphere.
Tango Embrace is bringing a little piece of Buenos Aires to Boston with authentic, entertaining Argentine tango classes. The improv-heavy dance is set to beautiful music, with partners periodically swapped, and is tailored to dancers of all ability levels. The internationally traveled AnaLinda Marcus leads the charge, offering her students patient and clear instructions.
As a ballroom-dance teacher, Monica had already mastered the dance floor when she found out she was pregnant. Though the news meant she had to give up some of her larger responsibilities, she kept teaching up until a week before she gave birth and came back just eight weeks after, driven by her love of dance.
But her months of working during pregnancy had taught her something: dancing was social and active, which was “keeping her sane.” Not only did it improve her mood, the stimulation of dancing helped keep her child, Oscar, calm both in the womb and in his carrier. Spurred by her new experiences, Monica founded Mama Ballroom to share the joy of dancing with other expecting and brand-new moms. Monica’s one-hour classes impart basic steps and patterns in a variety of ballroom styles, allowing moms of any experience level to move to the music and ensure their baby’s popularity at kindergarten cocktail hours. Mama Ballroom incorporates elements of classical, Latin, and tango to teach students to sway to the sultry sounds of Sinatra, salsa, and merengue.
Influenced by dance trends from Europe to Latin America, the staff at SuperShag Dance Studios splits its time between three Boston-area spaces filled with dancing poles, yoga mats, and custom sound systems. Founder Chris Johnston—who won several amateur Latin dance championships as a kid in Ireland and was named a World Class adjudicator by the National Dance Council of America—carefully amassed his talented troupe of teachers from dance schools around the world and from Fred Astaire’s botched attempts to clone himself. During private and group lessons, they spice up Latin-, ballroom-, and pole-dance numbers with an urban twist heavily influenced by British Dancesport, and ready students for competitions.