January Students of the Month

It is a brand new year and we have a brand new list students of the month to share with you during the next several months! Take a peek at these amazing students and learn a bit about them.  You too can join our Arthur Murray family by taking dance lessons with us and just maybe you will be our next student of the month! Learning to dance is quick, easy and fun!

 

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What do you do for a living? Dan is a manufacturer representative for Hunter Engineering and Maggie is a propane service dispatcher with Norbert & Mitchell Company!

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? Dan loves doing DIY projects & Maggie can quote any Disney movie!

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Dan enjoys flying drones and video games! Maggie enjoys scrap booking, photography & playing with Rosie!

How long have you been dancing? We’ve been dancing for two years!

Why did you start dancing? We started dancing a year before our wedding to have a perfect wedding dance

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? It’s a toss-up between Rumba & Tango!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? Our favorite event is Beach Ball because it allows us to feature any particular dance we have been working on and it allows for the flair and fun!

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? We want to learn how to use our knees in dancing!

 

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How did you enjoy doing lessons for your first dance? Lessons were great and Chantelle was willing to give us the guidance we needed withoutoverwhelming us. Since we have opposite schedules and didn't have a lot of time pre-wedding, the lessons were our main time for practicing. 

What is your favorite activity / thing to do as a couple? Definitely traveling the world or hanging at home with the dogs.

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? Tom can't sleep without a fan on. Jung has an irrational fear of sleeping with a fan on (look up Korean Fan Death). We have compromised by using a noise making app on Tom's phone.

What do you two do for a living? Jung is an operations supervisor at Pepperidge Farms in Bloomfield. She ensures all of the assembly workers are doing their jobs in order to pump out thousands of loaves of bread eachday. Tom is a civil engineer who works at CME Associates inEast Hartford. He is responsible for the management of several bridge rehabilitation and rep lacement projects throughoutConnecticut.

What else do you hope to accomplish with dance? Since Jung and I have such different dance styles we hope to learn how to better complement each of our styles with one another.

 
 
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What do you do for a living? I’m a journalist. I tell stories. One of the reasons I love Dance. Dance is a storytelling as told by your body.

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? I love science-fiction. Yeah, I’m a major geek.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? I’m a marathoner, a triathlete, a writer, a poet, and I’m a wanna-be fashionista.

How long have you been dancing? Four years.

Why did you start dancing? Because of a dear friend who had been doing this for a decade who said “this would be good for you”. 

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? I find I like something about them all because each is a different way to express yourself.

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? Medal Ball, because it is the payoff for all the work you put in. Every event feeds into the experience you celebrate in medal ball.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To someday teach it and help others reach the sheer joy I’ve felt and experienced. 

 

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What do you do for a living? I’m retired.  I worked for the Department of Health.

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? I’m good at skiing.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Cycling, Mountain biking, the gym and cruises.

How long have you been dancing? 7 months

Why did you start dancing? It’s something different and I wanted to learn new things.

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Rhythm dances / Bachata

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? I love them all because I go to dance with my Instructor Christina.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To become a strong lead and to be able to dance with anyone.

 

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How do you spend your weekdays when you are not dancing?  Crocheting, knitting, quilting

What is your next favorite hobby after dancing? Crafts

How long have you been dancing?  Since May

Why did you start dancing? Enjoyed the swing at Hartford Community Dance and wanted to learn more.

What has been the best part of the learning process? Getting to meet new people

What is your favorite style of dance? Hustle

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event and why? Off the Wall. I did my first solo and enjoyed it with my friends

What are you looking forward accomplish next in dance? Keep having fun! 

Why we choose Lois:

Lois is a newer student who dove into the dancing two feet first! She always walks into the studio with a big smile on her face no matter how her day has been. She quickly blended right into the AMV Family and has participated and in all of our events. Lois always shows up to our parties with the most creative costumes and is always bring greats treats for all of us to enjoy! Thank you Lois for being an AMV Eagle!

 

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What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you?  I play an incredible amount of Dr. Mario and Tetris

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing?  Reading, Crossfit, Gardening & Hiking

How long have you been dancing? About a year

Why did you start dancing? It seemed like a fun thing to do with my son Jason. Little did I know it would take on a life of its own.

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? I like them all for different reasons.

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? So far August Freestyles. I learned a tremendous amount just observing. 

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To be a really good follow and see what new moves my body can accomplish.

 Dance Lessons on your bucket list?