Dancing is a lot like juggling hammers—if you do it right you’ll be the life of the party, but if you lose concentration you’ll bruise your big toe. Keep your toes twinkling with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a dance-lesson package for an individual or a couple at Arthur Murray Studio (a $155 total value). The package includes the following:
- Two 30-minute private lessons (a $50 value each)
- Two 45-minute group lessons (a $20 value each)
- One two-hour Friday-night practice party (a $15 value)
Arthur Murray Studio’s experienced teachers instruct pupils in the finer points of footwork during private and group lessons and social dancing practice parties. The studio relies on the famous Arthur Murray method, which encourages students to learn integral skills instead of focusing on particular steps or trying to automate their dance shoes. During 30-minute private lessons, the instructors focus attention on students, tackling a choice of 14 diverse dance styles including tango, swing, and the Viennese waltz. Then, 45-minute group classes emphasize style and variation of patterns and allow students to practice with various partners. Rug cutters take their skills to practice parties, held weekly or semimonthly as scheduling allows, where they test new moves or attempt to disorient and abandon their shadow. Consult the course calendar for class and party dates.
As one of the United States’ oldest franchise organizations, Arthur Murray Studio has helped to infuse dance into mainstream American culture with informative lessons since 1912. Worcester’s franchise nurtures nascent dancers in an elegant studio outfitted with dangling chandeliers, a spacious parquet dance floor, and large mirrors that reflect students’ sharpest moves and weed out the incognito vampires.
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. 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.