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. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. 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.
The passionate, experienced instructors at Tonawanda Dance Arts, which houses two air-conditioned studios, transform pint-size fumblers of any skill level into prima ballerinas with a bevy of enriching classes. Dancers can choose from a blossoming assortment of styles, opting for the rigorous-yet-graceful ballet, the passionate and expressive lyrical, or the stoic and dignified standing still. Hosts of classes populate Tonawanda’s busy schedule, allowing budding Fred Astaires to express themselves in myriad manifestations.
Dance District straightens out pairs of left feet with instruction in a variety of dance styles, including ballroom, salsa, disco, tango, and swing. With this deal, clients will get a one-hour private dance lesson from one of Dance District's dexterous instructors. Hit the private lesson solo to hone your skills with one-on-one attention or bring along a sweetie for no additional cost. Having spent 60 minutes conquering the two-headed beast of rhythm and coordination, guests will be eligible for two supervised practice dance sessions, held on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Each two-hour practice session is overseen by a Dance District instructor, ensuring that pitfalls and bad habits are both side- and box-stepped. This Groupon also grants clients access to a Dance District dance party, held on the last Friday of each month. The 2.5-hour dance party brings together an armada of earnest movers and shakers, expanding guests' social circles through the unbridled power of dance and mutual interest in raspberry jam.
It would take a pretty special celebrity to render choreographer Luther Brown starstruck, since he’s worked with so many of them before. Diddy, Brandy, and Skye Sweetnam are among his previous clientele, not to mention Nike and McDonald's, who enlisted Brown’s choreography for their commercials. He brings the same sought-after style to OIP Dance Centre, a studio that helps students aged 9 or older hone their crafts. Along with his team of equally talented and experienced teachers, Luther captains hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary-dance classes, preparing students for future careers on the stage or the critical moment when they must gracefully leap out of the way of oncoming traffic.
By the end of the day, a steady stream of kids aged 3–12 have pirouetted, leaped, and popped and locked their way out of each of Dance Kids Canada's studios, but the teachers ensure they take a few other things with them. In carrying out the studio's mission of making dance lessons accessible to all, they use the medium as a means for pupils to get early starts on arts education, hone leadership and social skills, and encourage open-mindedness. Their students develop character in classes, summer camps, and birthday parties. At the end of each class session, friends and family gather while the kids show off during recitals.