Dance Center Students of the Month

Before we get too far into this new year, we want to share our students of the month for November and December!  Be sure to check the blog often to see all of the amazing students that we will feature this year. You too could be a Student of the Month at Arthur Murray! Just take that first step towards learning to dance at one of our schools! Learning to dance is one New Year resolution that everyone should have!

Alex | Bloomfield

alex.jpgWhat do you do for a living? I am a student.

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

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Reading and running

How long have you been dancing? Started 9 years ago for two years and stopped but I am back and have been currently dancing for a couple of months.

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

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event this year and why? Fall Freestyles because I was able to get feedback for my dancing.

What else do you hope to accomplish with dance? To be able to dance whatever, whenever.

 

Torrey | Glastonbury

GLASOTONBURY TORREY ROTBLATT.jpgWhat do you do for a living? I’m an IT Project Manager

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? Before I ballroom danced, I Irish step danced for 4 years.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? I enjoy baking, sewing, hanging out with friends and lot and lots and lots of travel!

How long have you been dancing? I’ve been dancing off and on for 12 years, but I’ve been at Arthur Murray Glastonbury for 2 years.

Why did you start dancing? I started ballroom dancing because I was warming up for Irish step class and saw all the ballroom dancers spinning around the dance floor and I wanted to be one of them.

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? My favorite style of dance is smooth, specifically Waltz because it makes me feel pretty and graceful.

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? My favorite event is Fall Festival!!! The parties are fabulous!

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? I hope to start learning quickstep, Viennese Waltz, and Bolero soon. I also want to get to Gold in Waltz and Tango.

 

Maia | NianticNiantic Maia Vargas.jpg

What do you do for a living? Elementary School Phys Ed Teacher

What is one fun fact no one else knows about you? I once had a job driving the travel lift at a marina- the big machine that takes the boats out of the water.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? I love doing crafts and having adventures with my crazy boys!

How long have you been dancing? Since I was a child- Ballet, Jazz, etc. Arthur Murray off and on since 2005

Why did you start dancing? Because I love dancing; its in my bones!

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Salsa and West Coast are my favorites

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and whyFall Festival because I love our Vandome trip and Holiday Ball

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? When I have more time, I’d like to get back to being able to lead my favorite dances

 

Rick | West Farms

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What do you do for a living? Podiatrist

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? For me to know and for you to find out.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Baseball card collecting.

How long have you been dancing? Over 5 years.

Why did you start dancing? I loved Swing dancing.

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

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

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To dance and lead easily with other people.

 

India | Danburyindia.jpg

What do you do for a living? Independent Mary Kay Consultant/ Ring Leader of the Jonas Circus

What is one fact that no one else knows about you? I’m a HUGE Trump supporter, lifetime member of the NRA, and I am packing at all times.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Making immature, inappropriate jesters, and jokes with my two besties.

How long have you been dancing? All my life. With Arthur Murray 1 year and 10 months.

Why did you start dancing? I have never stopped, just improved my mad skills.

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

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year & why? Summer Sizzle. Because it is closest.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To get a call back from Dancing with the Stars.

Okay I am just kidding....Here are my real answers!

What do you do for a living? Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay/ C.E.O. of Jonas Household

What is one fact that no one else knows about you? I love to move! The whole process!!! I moved 19 times in five years.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Photography, decorating, building/fixing things.

How long have you been dancing? My whole life! Been taking lessons for 1 year and 10 months.

Why did you start dancing? I have always wanted to take lessons. I had a friend who was taking lessons she told me how much fun she was having, so I thought I would give it a try.

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Yes, rhythm dances

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? I can’t say that I have a favorite. I love being at the studio. Being surrounded by all the positive instructors who really stretch me, and have shown me that I can do things that I once thought I couldn’t.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? To become very confident in my dance.

 

Silvina | GlastonburyGLASTONBURY SILVINA ORLANDO .jpg

What do you do for a living? Enjoy life

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? I played defense in hockey

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? I LOVE shoes!!!

How long have you been dancing? 5 months

Why did you start dancing? Because I love it!

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? I like all but Latin is my favorite.

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

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? Learn to follow

 

Agnes | West FarmsAgnes J.jpg

What do you do for a living? Marketing

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? I randomly will switch languages while speaking.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Hiking, movies, meeting with friends.

How long have you been dancing? A year, but I had some contact with dancing as a child.

Why did you start dancing? I love it, missed it, enjoy music, the movement, and the social aspect of it.

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? I love rhythm, but all of them are amazing.

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? I loved the Holiday Ball and the studio does an amazing job organizing the themed parties.

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? Finally connecting the theory I know with my movement on the dance floor!!!

 

Judi | Bloomfieldjudi.jpg

What so you do for a living? Retired Nurse Practitioner

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? A Navy Captain and served for 22 years, for our country.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Hiking, Reading, and Swimming

How long have you been dancing? 3 Years Now

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

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event this year and why? Vandome! Lots of fast dancing!

What else do you hope to accomplish with dance? Express myself better.

 

Katie & Alex | Nianticalex katie.jpg

What do you do for a living? We are both civil engineers. Katie works on transportation and traffic projects, Alex works on site design.

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? We are obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? We love to cook and love being outdoors, hiking, camping and kayaking.

How long have you been dancing? 2 Months

Why did you start dancing? We went to one open ballroom class while in college but did not have time to pursue. We started dance to prepare for our wedding but plan on continuing after.

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Foxy is the dance we have worked on the most but enjoyed the intro classes to Waltz and Salsa!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? We are looking forward to the holiday ball next year and future competitions!

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? We hope to continue our involvement after the wedding with learning more styles and getting to know the studio community.

 

Velvet | DanburyVelvet (1).jpg

What do you do for a living? Medical Records and Government Affairs Manager. I also am an Instructor for the American Red Cross teaching all levels of CPR and First Aid.

What is one fun fact that no one else knows about you? I saw the total eclipse of the sun in Hawaii. I also watched the sunrise from beneath me standing at Haleakala National Park, in Maui, which is 10,023 feet above sea level. After the rise of the sun, the most beautiful colors of dawn danced across the landscape of the island. 

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of dancing? Swimming, Reading, Spending time and spoiling my 3 Nieces and 1 Nephew.

How long have you been dancing? I started dancing doing tap, jazz, and ballet when I was a little girl for about 8 years. As I got older, I started going to night clubs and really enjoyed dancing. I decided that I wanted to really know how to dance and steps I could be doing, so I picked up professional lessons in August 2017.

Why did you start dancing? I started dancing to gain confidence in myself not only through dance, but my overall character. I also wanted to break out of my comfort zone and accomplish goals I have set for myself without excuses or limitations. 

Do you have a favorite style of dance? What is it? Polka has always been near and dear to me, as it was the style of dance I grew up dancing with my family at all events. As of late, I have enjoyed learning dances such as Zouk, Samba, Cha-cha, and Salsa, as they have helped me grow and accept new challenges. Each one is unique unto itself and presents exciting steps and movements one can appreciate. 

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event of the year and why? My favorite Arthur Murray event so far has been Medal Ball. This event showcased the accomplishments of all the students and instructors. It provided motivation to see other students working so hard and accomplishing their goals they have set forth for themselves. 

What else do you hope to accomplish in dance? I hope to continue to not only improve on my overall dance steps, but also my overall health and self confidence. Dance to me is a self investment that can help both mentally and physically, as well as has the ability to teach me that there is always something new to learn and grow from. Determination and resilience are life lessons that are important to learn, and through dance, these skills can be enhanced.

 

Sam | VernonSam.jpg

How do you spend your weekdays when you are not dancing? Work and video games!

What is your next favorite hobby after dancing? Arts and crafts. Currently I’m spending my winter knitting.

How long have you been dancing?  About 3 amazing months

Why did you start dancing? Get some culture and to meet people. Mainly for fun.

What has been the best part of the learning process? Not realizing you are improving until someone comments on how much you’ve improved.

What is your favorite style of dance?  Mostly smooth especially Tango!!

What is your favorite Arthur Murray event and why? Vandome because it was more casual and everyone was having a good time and not focused on what they looked like dancing.

What are you looking forward to accomplishing next in dance? Performing in an Arthur Murray event or getting to Bronze II/III phase.