CATHY | ARTHUR MURRAY GLASTONBURY
What do you do for a living? I'm retired
What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? Oh, I'm full of surprises!
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Jewelry making and gardening
How long have you been dancing? 11 years
Why did you start dancing? To use four lessons given to me as a present.
Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Love them all!!!
What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? Medal Ball and past trips
What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To complete Silver level
BRENDAN & KATIE | ARTHUR MURRAY BLOOMFIELD
Brendan & Katie started dancing long before Arthur Murray and even meeting each other. Both of them started dancing as adolescents; Brendan in middle school with Irish Step Dancing and Katie did ballroom dancing in high school for P.E. credit! So, between the 2 of them, their dance experience adds up to around 15 years! They lead exceedingly wild lives being a business analyst and a seamstress by day and by night she is a taphophiliac and costume designer and he is building a 7 foot suit of armor.
The couple started dancing with Arthur Murray because this November they will be getting married. By that time they look forward to learning a “Bad@&$ wedding dance” and enjoying one of their favorite events, Beach Ball. After that, the goal is to keep learning as much as they can, enjoy their other favorite event, January Showcase and keep growing their favorite dances Swing, Waltz & Polka.
LISE | ARTHUR MURRAY BLOOMFIELD
What do you do for a living? Kindergarten Teacher’s Assistant
What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? Likes to shop Goodwill and Consignment stores for treasures
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Adult Coloring Books, Likes to look at her ballroom gowns and trophies. She loves the sparkles – just learned a little while ago that she has the power to sparkle!
How long have you been dancing? 4 years with Arthur Murray, after a 25 year break for family and college. Before that, she did Square dancing with her husband, Bob, as well as Round dancing and Ballroom in her early 20s.
Why did you start dancing? Wanted to do something to stay sane. Came in for a lesson with us, then checked out another studio and found that they didn’t have the same feeling.
Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Whenever I dance, that’s my favorite dance
What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? All of them! Arthur Murray parties are all about dancing. When I’m at a party that isn’t about dancing, I freeze.
What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? Continue to mature as a dancer, it’s the ticket to staying in flexible and in shape, mentally sharp, as well as social. There’s a fountain of youth here! She also wants to make a ballroom dancing quilt.
MARIANA | ARTHUR MURRAY NIANTIC
What do you do for a living? She works in health care
What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? She once counted how many licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop and then promptly forgot.
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? She also enjoys canoeing, kayaking, and loom knitting.
How long have you been dancing? She has been dancing for approximately two years now.
Why did you start dancing? She wanted to learn some Argentine Tango…and to get off her butt.
Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Mariana loves to dance everything (except polka…but she’s trying to warm up to it).
What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? Holiday Ball, Fall Festival, August Freestyles, January Showcase…She loves them all!
What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? She hopes to accomplish the same things as when she started dancing. What you see is what you get!
Arda is a Bronze 2 Dancer who visited the studio as a guest a few years ago and has been here ever since. Originally from Turkey, he has traveled all over the world, and even spent a few months dancing at Arthur Murray Toronto last year. Arda is a jack of all dances, but he is currently specializing in the dramatic form of interpretive dancing, which will culminate in his rendition of the dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite. Arda always has interesting costumes and accessories for studio parties and events. He looks forward to graduating Bronze 2 with Honors this May!
JOE & HERA | ARTHUR MURRAY OF DANBURY
What do you do for a living? Design / Construction Hera's is the designer and Joe is the builder. We met on the job. :)
What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? As a serious and dry couple, we haven't told anyone we are taking dance lessons. We're hoping it will make us fun!
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? We both enjoy music, singing, playing and listening to music. We recently purchased a grand piano with a player that we enjoy listening and dancing along with our three kids.
How long have you been dancing? Joe.....never, Hera has dabbled in ballet and dances for fun socially.
Why did you start dancing? For a fun way to spend together and for Joe to get comfortable dancing .
Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? So far it's been fun learning all the different styles no favorite yet.
What's is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? Favorite event so far is Second Chance Wedding Dance. We just know we are going to have an awesome time!
What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? We hope to inspire our kids and show them it's never too late to learn something new!