Dance Center Students of the Month for March & April

Catching up with our Students of the Month from March and April! We may be well into summer, but these students are still top notch and we want to be sure and let you get to know them!

West Farms: Roger & Robin

What do you do for a living? Chiasson SotM-1

Robin – Vice President of Programs for the Allied World

Roger – Attorney, solo practice specializing in Juvenile Law

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? 

Roger was a DJ at his college radio station and did play-by-play for home football games.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? 

Roger – attending son’s sporting events and walking

Robin – attending son’s sporting events, yoga, reading (belongs to 2 book clubs)

How long have you been dancing? 

2 years

Why did you start dancing? 

Dancing was a gift to each other to give as a new experience and to prepare for their oldest son’s wedding.

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

Rumba

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? 

Holiday Ball – The festive nature of the event and it’s just dancing for pleasure.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance?

To dance with more confidence and to dance more fluid.

Bloomfield: Andy & Laurie

What do you do for a living?Obelnicki

- Retired – Live off the fat of the land.

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?

- My life is an open book. I have NO secrets from you!

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?

-There is nothing outside of dance! (Well maybe pinball)

How long have you been dancing?

- That’s debatable. We have been taking classes for 3 years.

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

- Yes. Rumba the dance of love.

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event this year and why?

- What? I didn’t know about any events. (Chantelle bops herself on the head)

What else do you hope to accomplish with dance?

- Be more marketable without my spouse.

Danbury:  Margie

What do you do for a living?Danbury SOM Margie

Retired Nurse

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?

Until I started ballroom dancing, I had severe stage fright!!

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?

Walking, reading, dabble in genealogy, lying on the beach

How long have you been dancing?

11 Years!!

Why did you start dancing?

We signed up for 4 lessons for my daughters wedding.

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

It’s a tie, Bolero and Viennese Waltz!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why?

I like both Summer Sizzle & Jingle Ball equally! It’s fun to socialize with friends!

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance?

Finish testing out of my last two dances of Silver 2, Swing and Cha Cha. I have many other goals after that...

Niantic: Pam

What do you do for a living?PamWilliamsheadshot

I am a librarian at Three Rivers Community College

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?

I adopted a hamster that just appeared under my desk at the library a year ago!

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?

Hiking, bicycling, traveling, spending time outdoors and I learned German

How long have you been dancing?

5 years

Why did you start dancing?

I love music and had always wanted to learn to dance, but never really had the opportunity until recently. I also watched a coworker get hooked on dancing and was transformed by it.

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

Hustle & Foxtrot

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why?

Festival season was a lot of fun because everyone really seemed to enjoy dressing up for the theme parties.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance?

I would like to continue to improve my skills and just have many more happy moments on the dance floor.

Vernon: Julie

How do you spend your weekdays when you are not dancing?

VERNON SOM

Swimming competitively 

What is your next favorite hobby after dancing?

Volleyball

How long have you been dancing?

Since August 2017

Why did you start dancing?

I wanted another way to express myself

What has been the best part of the learning process? 

It’s fun!

What is your favorite style of dance? 

Cha-cha and rumba!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event and why?

The January showcase because it was my first performance

What are you looking forward to accomplishing next in dance?

Doing my solo at Celebration Ball

Why we picked her: Julie always comes in with a big smile on her face as well as lots of positive energy. She is always looking for new challenges and loves to try new things.

Bloomfield: Tim & Melissa

What do you do for a living? IMG_1025

Doctors of Physical Therapy

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? 

T: I have gone to the Nathan’s Hotdog eating contest 7 years in a row!

M: I remember my dreams every night.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? 

T: Basketball & Overeating

M:Amusement Parks & Rollercoasters

How long have you been dancing? 

2 months

Why did you start dancing? 

Try something new, new challenge, date night & spice up our daily routine

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

T: Triple Step Swing

M: Cha Cha & Rumba Although Lindy hop has been my favorite from Weird dance Thursday!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? 

So far the St. Patrick’s Party <3 Polka!

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? 

Dance without thinking!

Danbury: Mallory

Where do you work and what do you do?Danbury SOM

I work at Club 24 as a Personal Trainer about 17 clients, working one on one with the each week. I also work at Heartsmart.com as a sales and customer service representative.

Tell us one fun fact about you!

I love hiking and I have a little dog, Rosie ☺

What is your favorite travel destination or dream destination?

Anywhere with a nice beach!

What is your favorite genre/s of music?

To be honest I’m a big fan of hip hop and rap, but I love Latin music as well.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?

Fitness, Hanging out with friends/family. Getting my nails done? Is that a hobby?

Why did you start dancing?

I started because I have been wanting to for years and never thought I had the time! It was a Christmas gift to myself!

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

I have been enjoying both rhythm and smooth dances. I like them all by my favorites are cha cha, salsa, rumba, and waltz.

What do you hope to accomplish in your dancing?

I hope to look and feel more confident in my dancing!

What is your favorite thing about dancing with Arthur Murray?

The environment! All the instructors and other members are so welcoming. It is truly a family.

Glastonbury: John, Barbara & Lily

What do you do for a living?GLASTONBURY APRIL SOM

John - Currently Para Professional in Wethersfield, CT

Barbara – Assistant General Counsel for and insurance company

Lily - Goes to high school

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?

John – loves comic books

Barbara – I was a competitive swimmer for 14 years

Lily - I really like to sketch and draw

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?

John – Hiking, Camping, photography, writing poetry, history

Barbara – Singing, swimming, making jewelry

Lily - Hanging out with friends, listening to music, traveling

How long have you been dancing?

John and Barbara - Around 7 years together :)

Lily - 12 years total, 1.5 at Arthur Murray

Why did you start dancing?

John and Barbara – to have fun together

Lily - I really wanted to learn Argentine Tango

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

John – Tango        Barbara – Viennese Waltz     Lily - Rhythm dances: salsa, cha cha, samba

 What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why?

John – Love the Royal Gala because of the setting and in spite of the absence of seating

Barbara – Royal Gala

Lily - January Showcase

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance?

John – Proficiency in Argentine Tango

Barbara – To learn some more fringe dances – Samba, Zouk, Argentine Tango

Lily - To smile and look up

West Farms: Andrea

What do you do for a living? Haas SotM

I am an art educator

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?

I own a horse and ride.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?

Horseback riding, hiking, and creating art

How long have you been dancing?

8 years 

Why did you start dancing?

I was dragged by a friend and ended up staying. 

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

Depends on the day!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? 

My favorite event is Holiday Ball.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance?

To be “good”

Niantic: James & Debi

What do you do for a living? MaclinAnniversary-1

Retired

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? 

Debi only has one front tooth.  James served in the Navy and has sea sickness.  At his first Dave Matthews concert, James freaked when they started smoking pot.  I told him to breathe deeply.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? 

Gardening, kayaking, traveling, hiking, and wine tasting.

How long have you been dancing? 

11 years

Why did you start dancing? 

Fun to do together.

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

Rumba & Waltz

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? 

Beach Ball & Holiday Ball, one is informal, the other is formal.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? 

To continue to use new steps in dance and make up new ones.