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February 13, 2013

Arthur Murray Dance Studio



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By Jessica Mackin

"But I have two left feet." This is what a lot of us say when we think of learning how to dance. What James West, owner of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Southampton, will tell you is, "Let us help you find the right one."

I was told I should start taking dance lessons with my fiance, Joe Cipro, in December prior to our upcoming wedding in April. We both thought, "Wow, thats a long time period of preparation for the big day." We thought wrong, we definitely needed it, we needed to start even sooner, perhaps years sooner. Let's face it, our killer personalities and charm make up for what we may lack in rhythm and coordination. It's now February and we've just finished learning the basics and have moved on to choreographing our first dance routine.

This is something many engaged couples don't realize. It takes a while to actually learn how to dance. Lori Newell, our instructor, and West explained to us that it happens all of the time. Couples come in to learn how to dance just weeks before the wedding, in that time they can only learn a few basics. They will most likely not fly across the dance floor like they're on the finals of "Dancing With The Stars," as they may have expected.

It does take time to get a good dance routine on track. And what you want for your first dance, ie. the only time all of your loved ones are going to be focused on the two of you dancing, is a really good dance routine. This is your day. It's your time to show off what you've got.

During our first lesson we went over a variety of dances. The waltz, foxtrot, rumba, tango, salsa and hustle. And for those of us with "two left feet," it was a lot to take in. But it was good to learn so many different moves at once. Even though it was hard to remember all of them at first, from week to week we became more familiar with each and started to get a feel for what we liked and what we were good at.

When you pick your wedding song you can do it one of two ways. Pick a dance you like and find a song that goes with it, or pick a song and do the dance that goes with it. We just so happened to like the foxtrot, with that we chose "Beyond The Sea" by Bobby Darin as our first dance.

We have come a long way since we first stepped into the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and we definitely still have a long way to go. I will keep you updated on our progress and let you know how it goes on the big day in our next bridal issue in June. In the mean time we still need to finish our dance and both pick out father/daughter and mother/son dances.

Thanks to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, we will be a modern day Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, starting with a classic jazz box step on our wedding day. Wish us luck!

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    James West
    February 24, 2013 | 06:13 PM

    Dancing with James at the Merrick studio was a delight. I truly miss him. Ben and I are planning to dance once again at the Merrick studio very soon. Wish you the best of luck with your own business. I know you will be a success. My e-mail is mssolotoroff@optonline.net.

    marion and ben solotoroff of Merrick, Long Islan
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    Dancing with James West
    December 04, 2013 | 05:50 PM

    Wonderful memories at Arthur Murray Dancing Studio with you as our instructor. Heard you have your own studio in Southampton. Would love to see you. Call (516) 785-6589 or e-mail mssolotoroff@optonline.net.


    marion and ben solotoroff
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