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.
At Queens Mixed Martial Arts, instructors emphasize not just proper form but the mental benefits of the fighting arts. The team of instructors – all active competitors with more than 40 combined years of experience – aim to build self-confidence and discipline through muay thai and brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. Muay thai emphasizes knee, elbow, and ankle strikes, and Alliance brazilian jiu-jitsu classes teach that smaller opponents can take down larger opponents through superior skill and leverage, helping students develop flexibility, proper technique, cardiovascular endurance, and increased motor coordination. Children’s martial-arts classes help forge confidence and discipline, and cardio-kickboxing classes blast away calories through an unyielding assault of jabs, crosses, and roundhouse kicks.
The brown- and black-belt instructors at Gracie Barra believe that the physical and mental strengths you practice inside their walls can translate to life outside their walls. Clients learn how to deal with stress and interpersonal issues, and how to effectively use constructive thinking. The center helps practitioners achieve their goals based on how much they put into their personal development. For adults or children looking to lose weight, boost self-esteem, or learn self-defense, they can enroll in a future-champions, a women’s, a fundamentals, or an advanced program.
Queensborough performing Arts Center sets the stage for professionals such as Joan Rivers, David Cassidy and Michael Bolton. Enrichment classes, including Singing with GLEE! and Broadway DANCE!, teach students of all ages how to sing and dance like the stars.