One of the best parts about ballroom dancing is the connection you build with your dance partner—the way you grow together, move together, and complement one another is totally unique to each and every dancing duo. Having a partner is what makes ballroom dancing so fun and social, and the practice dates back as far as ballroom dancing’s inception.

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Is dancing a sport or art? There are certainly strong-minded folks on either end of that question, but we’re here to say that dancing can be both a sport and an art! Just because there are artistic components to dance doesn’t mean it’s not a sport.

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As you begin toying with the idea of ballroom dance lessons, you may be wondering if there are any unwritten ballroom dance rules you should be aware of. You’d hate the be the one out of the loop, after all! To start your ballroom dancing journey on the right foot, review the below ballroom dancing rules you’ve probably never heard of. You just might be surprised!

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Ballroom dancing is a blast, but your experience can greatly differ depending on your dance partner. How do you find the ballroom dance partner that complements your skills and style perfectly? Well, we’re going to help you find your match made in dance heaven.

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A good ballroom dancer can captivate a crowd with their showmanship, technique, elegance across the dance floor and ability to remove us from our current situations and transport us into the dance.

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Perhaps you didn’t even realize there was a difference between International and American ballroom dance. To help clear the air about this oft-asked question, today’s post will delve into the differences of both types of ballroom dance so you’ll never be confused again!

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Whether you’re a star student at one of our dance classes or this is your first time seeing the name Arthur Murray in your life… you may be wondering: Who is this Arthur Murray character? Especially if you’ve done a little digging, you’ll notice that there are more than 260 Arthur Murray dance studios all over the world!

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Editor's note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been updated and revamped for accuracy.

Let’s face it, ladies, people who don’t understand dancing think it’s just for girls. It’s not true. It’s not fair. But together we’re the only ones who can change that perception. How do we do it? By dragging the fantastic men in our lives to dance lessons and letting them experience how great dancing is for themselves! But how?

At Arthur Murray we deal with every kind of student, even reluctant ones. Many men come only because their wives have asked and asked and asked them to. Many of these women have waited for years to get their husbands to try just one class. You don’t have that sort of time. You want to dance now.

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Editor's note: This blog was originally posted in October 2014 and has been updated and revamped for accuracy.

“Marriage Insurance” is what we call dance lessons at our studios. It’s good for a laugh, but is it true? One divorce lawyer thinks so.

Marriages turn sour for all sorts of reasons, and if you flick through some of our other blog posts you’ll find ample reasons to try dancing to fix all sorts of life issues. What is most important for married couples, however, is teamwork. In this, Lloyd Platt of Great Britain agrees.

Pratt is a divorce lawyer whose own messy divorce story became popularized in a documentary called London Waltz. In it, she sought the help of a popular dance instructor to work through her emotional issues after she and her husband split. 

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Finding the right partner to work with—whether you’re working on a job project, in a relationship, or dancing—can be tricky and difficult. So what exactly should you look for in a ballroom dance partner? We have eight things to look for in a ballroom dance partner to make your time on the dance floor that much better.

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