Posted On 07/20/2016 by Juan de Dios Garcia

Arthur Murray National Dance Day

Congratulations participant! By signing up for National Dance Day, you are already ahead of the curve. Most people will only spectate in the dance of life. But not you! You are participating. National dance day is a worldwide phenomenon created by So You Think You Can Dance creator Nigel Lithgoe. Click here to learn more. We are set to have a great time sweating, moving our bodies and learning lots about dance. So we hope you're ready. Before you arrive, we'd like to help you get prepared for what's going to be a fantastic event. With only one week to go, there some things you'll want to make sure are ready.

1. Sign up- if you haven't already done so, now's a good time. Click here, fill out the form and get an instant PDF download of the schedule. We will have 2 levels available each class. Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced. If you're new to dance, take the first level. If you've danced before and are looking for a challenge, advanced may be you're ticket. In either case you'll be sure to have fun. But be ready to not get every pattern or technique down. Dancing does take time to learn.

2. Get the right shoes- if you plan on being there all day, you're going to want to make sure you have the right shoes. Be sure to get a pair of dance shoes (suede sole bottoms) are best. If not, a leather sole shoe will help you move right along as well. And don't just have one pair. Have a back up. Maybe something comfortable just in case. You want to make sure you take care of your feet. Bring extra pairs of socks. As they say in the movie Forest Gump, "You must take care of your feet".

3. Bring a Bag- although you won't be staying overnight, you will be working out a lot. Dancing is a great form of exercise and with exercise comes sweat. Bring a bag with some things to help you keep good hygiene over the day. Here's a list of things to bring:
     A towel                      Extra shirt
     Deodorant                Cologne/body spray
     Water                         Snacks (fruit, nuts)
     Notebook                  Mints (fresh breath helps everyone involved)

Being prepared is an important part to making this National Dance Day a success.

4. Write it down- you're going to be filled with tons of new information. Why not make sure you remember it the next day? Studies show that you remember 30% more when you write down what you just did. This won't ensure that you have everything, but it will make sure you remember it the next time you visit the studio. Another trick to remember is to write it down in your own words. Regardless of what the pattern or technique may be called, it will make more sense to you if you know what was meant when you wrote it down. If a step reminds you of a pizza write down pizza. If it looks like a burrito, write down burrito.

5. Be Open Minded- I went to Disneyland some years ago with some coworkers. We decided to go on the Winnie the Pooh ride. We were the only adults in line (without kids). We felt weird being the only adults solo. But we told ourselves to just have fun and experience the ride. It was a great time. Come to find out, that's where they have the old country bear jamboree hangings. Which you can only see on that ride. Whether you have danced before or not, give yourself the opportunity of learning and having a good time. Allow yourself to fall into the experience of the studio, the people, the teaching. Stay open minded and you just may find yourself having a great time.

Lastly, National Dance Day is an event held by Arthur Murray Dance Centers of San Jose and Los Gatos and is open to anyone and everyone. Invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers. Hey, even your dry cleaner. Everyone deserves the opportunity to dance. If you'd like more info on National Dance Day, click here. We look forward to having you dance with us. See you soon!

Topics Events, Ballroom Dancing, Dance Tips, Dance Lessons

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Juan de Dios Garcia

Juan de Dios is the owner of 2 Arthur Murray Dance Centers in Northern California. He spends his time training his staff and consulting for Arthur Murray Dance Centers globally. His hobbies include making gourmet ice cream and taking long walks on the beach with his wife Cari and dog Julio.