Ballroom Dancing Students of the Month for July & August

We think the people that take dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Centers are something special and we would love to introduce you to a few of them!  Meet our students of the month for the months of July and August. Dance on in to a dance center near you and just maybe you will be the next Student of the Month!

Danbury Dance Center | Sal Sal.jpg

What do you do for a living? I’m retired now but I managed sawmills for 27 years! 

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? I was a Champion Marksman!

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?  I really enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking & reading!

How long have you been dancing? I’ve been taking lessons for 8 months

Why did you start dancing? I lost a bet (:

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it?  Anything upright. Seriously, Waltz & Tango.

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? I enjoy the Friday Night practice parties!

 

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Niantic Dance Center | Jason

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? Jason used to be obsessed with maps & geography, he would be a great person to have around if you ever get lost!!!

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? He enjoys playing the guitar, transcribing songs, meditation, and reading.

How long have you been dancing? Jason has been dancing for about 2 1/2 years!

Why did you start dancing? He always wanted to try dancing because he thought it looked fun.

Do you have a favorite style of dance and why? Any of the rhythm dances!!!!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? Jason’s favorite event is August Freestyles because he enjoys the environment at the competitions and he really enjoys participating in the heats. Jason thinks it’s better than January Showcase because it’s closer (to us) and it’s during a better time of the year!

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? Jason hopes to accomplish smiling and becoming more comfortable around other people through dance!

 

West Farms Dance Center | MargieWest Farms Wargie Student of Month Photo.jpg

What do you do for a living? Retired

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? I love to garden and travel.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Walking, concerts, theatre, and eating out.

How long have you been dancing? Seven Years

Why did you start dancing? August 9th 2010

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Rhythm- Right Now

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? August freestyle, since I’m doing more, I often feel comfortable and relaxed. The evening dance and dinner is a lot of fun.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? More professionalism, and more movement in my arms and head.

 

GLASOTNBURY ALLEN & JANET.jpgGlastonbury Dance Center | Allen & Janet

What do you do for a living? Allen – Design Engineer | Janet – Medical Audit & Education Specialist

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? Janet – played short stop & was a switch hitter. | Allen - Cook

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Downhill skiing

How long have you been dancing? 4 years

Why did you start dancing? To have fun

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it?  Tango and Swing

 What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? January Showcase, its fun!

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To check out of Full Bronze.

 

Niantic Dance Center | AllisonNiantic_Allison.jpg

What do you do for a living? Detail oriented and compassionate, Allison spends her nights as a nurse making her patients feel comfortable and helping them get better quickly!

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?  Being quite the movie buff, Allison can quote entire scenes from several movies.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Other than dancing, she also enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling.

How long have you been dancing? Allison has been dancing since January 2017.

Why did you start dancing?  She has always been interested in learning to dance and she finally had enough free time to give it a try!

Do you have a favorite style of dance and why? Cha Cha is her favorite dance because it’s social and tons of fun!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? Allison hasn’t gotten to experience all the Arthur Murray events yet, but she will be participating in August Freestyles for the very first time this weekend and she couldn’t be more excited!

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? Allison hopes to continue to improve in her dancing as well as become more confident along the way!

 

West Farms David Tobin.jpgWest Farms Dance Center | David

What do you do for a living? Customer Service for Comcast.

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?  When I went to Venezuela my cousin, who is a tour guide, took us to a river with white water rafting and we went body surfing (rafting with no raft) down through the rapids.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Bowling, Rollerblading, hiking, woodworking, and spending time with my friends and family. 

How long have you been dancing? I started dancing in February of 2016.

Why did you start dancing? I had a few reasons for wanting to dance. I had worked with Dance Motion for many years at the August and April competitions. It sparked an interest in me that lasted for years. Then in February of 2016 I woke up and decided that I needed to move forward and learn dancing.

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? I have a few favorites. Originally, I only wanted to learn Swing and Salsa, but the three that really grew on me were Cha-Cha, Swing, and Foxtrot.

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? I can’t choose a favorite event because every lesson, group class, and outing is an event for me. The instructors, students, and guests always make the evening fun and energetic.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? I started dancing so that I could learn to groove (and gain some confidence along the way). However, what I want to accomplish now is to never let the passion and motivation that dance has given me to ever fade.

 

Danbury Dance Center | Tim & Diane Hunt Danbury JUNE17-4809.jpg

What do you do for a living? Tim: is semi-retired; currently consulting for Duracell as an IT project manager. Diane: Reiki Master, Retreat Leader & Raconteur  
 
What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?  Won a trip to Denver with the New England Patriots (NFL Team)
 
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?  Tim: Making beer & Participating on a Biblical Greek Seminar  Diane: Reading, gardening, baking (Queen of Tarts), crafting, spoiling our cats.
 
How long have you been dancing?  9 plus years!
 
Why did you start dancing? We met at a social dance event 52yrs. ago and have been dance ever since. 
 
Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Rhythm dances are our heart & soul!! Now learning to navigate the smooth dances with the help of+ the finest teachers ever here at Arthur Murray Danbury
 
What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year? The Turkey Trot & Beach Ball
 
What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To Dance up the Stairway to Heaven!!! 
 
 
JOE DUGGAN III.jpgGlastonbury Dance Center | Joe Duggan III

What do you do for a living? Volunteer at Hartford Hospital doing computer work in the Cancer Center.

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?  I love going to Hockey sports games. 

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Going to sports games, t.v.

How long have you been dancing? 5 years ago.

Why did you start dancing? I volunteer at Hartford Hospital and I won a gift certificate at a work luncheon.

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? I enjoy the cha cha very much.

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? Vandome and the Holiday Ball because it’s nice to sometimes dance outside of the studio at the public places.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? I hope to keep moving up in my levels of dance.  

Change the pace tonight with a dance lesson at Arthur Murray!