Circus bears untrained in the art of dance are often the least popular big-top attraction, falling somewhere between the bearded lady and a slice of stale rye bread on a pedestal. Ensure an appearance in the spotlight with today's Groupon: for $45, you get two private lessons, two group classes, and two dance parties for one person or one couple at Arthur Murray Dance Studio (a $270 value), valid at locations in York, Lemoyne, and Lancaster.
Arthur Murray's panel of experienced instructors school students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your two 40-minute private lessons, or fly solo and dance with your instructor. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands. These lessons––along with a pair of Tuesday- or Thursday-evening 40-minute group classes––are ideal for a betrothed pair prepping for the big wedding dance or a fledgling fitness-seeker looking for a fun new way to get shipshape. Stick to a stately waltz, spice up life with a rumba, or revamp your repertoire with a few swing steps. Each group lesson is followed by an informal 45-minute dance party, which allows students to practice their growing light-tripperage with fellow classmates, or they can opt to attend one of the 90-minute themed practice parties on Friday nights from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when an entrepreneur––coincidentally named Arthur Murray––began selling mail-order dance lessons. Each studio provides a warm, aesthetically sound environment superbly suited to slicing and dicing a rug until it's but a pile of whimpering fibers.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
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.