Little did Arthur Murray know when he opened the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 1912 that it would play an integral part in history. It was a dance studio that helped revolutionize direct mail advertising and led Murray to be the first person in the world to broadcast live dance music on the radio. By the 1930s, he had his instructors teaching new dances including “The Big Apple,” followed by the “Teeny Banana” on first-class steamship cruises. His instructors moved from steamships to big screens, teaching actors dance moves and starring in such films as Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever. By then, the studio had inspired the hit song “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry” by Betty Hutton and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Today, the studio’s name appears on the pages of Vogue, Martha Stewart Wedding, and Sports Illustrated.
Aside from remaining a presence in media and cities around the world, the Arthur Murray Dance Studio gets feet moving by teaching popular dances that include the cha-cha, fox trot, salsa, samba, and swing. The studio instructs on a variety of dances that help people look cool at bar mitzvahs, nightclubs, crosswalks, and anywhere dance is popular.:m]]
The Twin Cities Auto Show has been drawing hundreds of thousands of auto enthusiasts for more than 40 years. However, there's nothing middle-aged about the auto technology visitors see there?the event celebrates, not the auto industry's past, but its future. Visitors can check out the latest models from over 30 trusted brands such as Ford, Lexus, and Maserati on the massive exhibit floor of the Minneapolis Convention Center, as well as in themed rooms. These include the Green Room?home to the latest eco-friendly technology?and Luxury Lane?which comes stocked with more than $1 million in luxury vehicles. When they're not checking out automobiles, visitors can get free car-seat safety checks, stop by food trucks for snacks, or visit entertainment and celebrity exhibits.
Aesthetician Lolita at Pure Massage and Bodyworks refreshes clients' faces with a variety of cleansing facials. Her custom facials remove dirt and debris from the skin and soothe tension customers have stored up from a long day of staring at their toes. The relaxation doesn't have to stop with the face, either. Therapists can unknot hard-working back muscles as guests lounge in cushiony black leather pedicure thrones; nail technicians can polish and pamper feet. A plethora of beauty treatments, from spa facials to Botox injections to organic spray tans, also keeps faces and figures firm, fresh, and youthful. Before indulging in these services, guests can bask in the comfort of the chandelier-lit lobby, sipping complimentary water.
If the building at 1308 4th Street had a mouth, it could tell many stories. It could tell of its birth as The University Theater in 1915 and how its infancy was spent in vaudeville, presenting everything from minstrel shows to early silent films. It could tell of the art deco remodel by architects Jack Liebenberg and Seeman Kaplan that turned it into a full-time movie house for the next 50 years. And it could tell of its days in the '90s and early 2000s when it worked as an underground club and a photography studio. But today, in its own way, the theater speaks mostly of the current music scene, hosting everyone from Mumford and Sons to Feist and Saul Williams.
Formerly the Lingerie Football League, the Legends Football League stands as the "fastest-growing pro sports league in the nation" according to NBC Sports correspondent Rick Chandler. That success owes much to the league's unique format, which pits two exclusively female teams in alluring uniforms against each other in full-contact football games on a 50-yard field. Donning football pads and helmets over their revealing performance wear, the female athletes block, juke, and sprint uninhibited by such frivolous gear as the NFL's heavy chainmail hauberks.
First opened in 1968, the Electric Factory has been hosting rock shows for almost as long Puerto Rico has been a state. After dancing their faces off to headliners from Erykah Badu to the Dropkick Murphys, concertgoers can stop by The Chive Caf? to recharge with a cheesesteak or an all-beef hotdog on a potato bun, or refill their draft Yuengling at the bar. In summer, the Electric Factory reveals an outdoor location complete with more refreshment booths, vendors, and upgraded food stands.