Wedding Songs for 2016

Wedding Songs for 2016


Wedding Songs for 2016

“What song should I pick for my first dance?”  That’s the question all wedding couples will ask each other.  If you have a special song in your relationship that brings back a good memory of you dating, that is a great option to choose.  If you are like many couples, they have no idea what to pick but they know they want something sweet and fun to dance to.  Here are 10 songs from the website POPSUGAR and what you can dance to them.  To see the full 100 songs POPSUGAR listed, click here.

1. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat (Night Club Two Step)

2. “Love & Happiness” by Al Green (West Coast Swing)

3. “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding (Foxy/Night Club Two Step)

4. “More Than Words” by Extreme (Foxy/West Coast Swing)

5. “Lovers Rock” by Sade (Night Club Two Step)

6. “When the Stars Go Blue” by Ryan Adams (Country Shuffle/West Coast Swing)

7. “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen (Rumba)

8. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra (Foxtrot)

9. “The Best Is Yet to Come” by Michael Buble (Foxtrot)

10. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers (Foxy)


Kentucky Derby Guest Party

Kentucky Derby Guest Party

Kentucky Derby


Have you ever wanted to learn to Ballroom dance?  Do you have a special event approaching where music and dancing will be involved?  Does watching Dancing With The Stars make you want to get up and dance?  You are in luck!

Arthur Murray Cypress would love to invite you to our Kentucky Derby Guest Party.  Come see what Arthur Murray is all about in a fun, easy-going environment.  Our instructors will introduce you to how easy it is to get out on the floor and dance.


Date:  Friday, May 6th, 2016

When: Starts @7:45pm

Where:  9521 Huffmeister, Houston TX, 77095

What to Wear:  Casual Wear (If you have a fun hat, feel free to wear it as well)


If you would like to keep up with even more events going on at Arthur Murray Cypress, check out our Facebook page!


Festival Time is Among Us!!

Festival Time is Among Us!!



Ask anyone at Arthur Murray about Festival and you will see them light up with excitement.  Festival is a six week competition held at every Arthur Murray Studio that celebrates customer service at it’s finest!  Festival begins May 2nd.  Sign up to be a sponsor today.  You won’t regret it!  Here are some pictures from our Festival Kick Off Party!  This festival we are taking you to the news room with the theme of Arthur Murray Live!



You can easily watch our skit on our Facebook page!









Paula Dean

DWTS:  Week 1 Lesson

DWTS: Week 1 Lesson



DANCING WITH THE STARS is back in action for its 22nd Season!!  Just like every season, everyone is so excited to see what fun, new adventures each dancer goes on.  As most of you know, learning to dance isn’t about learning to dance.  Dancing teaches us to understand how our bodies work with our partner and pushes us past our “comfort zone” in order to achieve a whole new self!  That’s why DWTS has been so successful.  You get to see real people discover who they truly are through dancing!


Each week we will be using our favorite dance of the night to provide us some teaching points.  Week 1 had some GREAT dancers, but the one who we admired this week was NYLE DIMARCO.


Nyle DiMarco

Nyle DiMarco is an actor, model and spokesman. He is a native New Yorker and was born into a large multi-generational Deaf family. He is an alumni of Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university in the world for the deaf.

He was the stand out star and winner of “America’s Next Top Model”’s Cycle 22! He has gained a lot of attention for being the first deaf contestant. Next, Nyle will appear on “Difficult People,” opposite Billy Eichner and John Early. Previously, he recurs on “Switched at Birth” as Garrett.


Here is a clip of Nyle & Peta dancing the CHA CHA.  While watching, the music will stop playing.  This is how Nyle hears the world every day.  Watch how beautifully they move together!


What DiMarco Taught Us This Week

Even though you may appear to have “limitations”, you are only as limited as you believe you are!

To be a good dancer, you must dance to the music. We call that TIMING.  It’s a part of dancing that makes movement have a purpose and look smooth.  Like Nyle said in the clip, he doesn’t want to be told he was off time, so he not only follows Peta visually, but also physically.  He doesn’t just see her feet moving.  He can feel her whole body move and stop to tell him to do so.  That is what happens in a good partnership.  Sometimes music can hinder a partnership by the partners hearing different things.  A true partnership ALWAYS moves together as one no matter what.

We are excited to see how Nyle’s dancing evolves.  Can you point out any of the steps that look familiar in Nyle’s and Peta’s Cha Cha?



What is Lead & Following in Dancing?

What is Lead & Following in Dancing?


Lady Says:  What was that?

Man Says:  I raised my arm to turn you.  You didn’t follow!

Lady Says:  I didn’t feel you lead me through anything.

Unfortunately, we have all had this conversation with our dance partner or we have heard it from others.  The follower was trying to follow while the leader was trying to lead.  If this has happened to you, fear not!  This article will lead you into the right direction so follow along! 🙂


Defining Lead and Follow

follow the leader


Communicates the patterns of a dance through decisive movement.


Is sensitive to the leader’s signals and responds accordingly


Leading and following is the primary ingredient to social dancing. It is how a dance couple moves together as a unit without the need of a specific song or choreography. It is even encouraged in competitive dancing, as it adds an authentic look to the partnership.

Leader or follower, whichever role is yours to occupy is, quite literally, your job description on the dance floor.  What you do with that responsibility will determine who you can dance with.


A New Way Of Thinking


1.  Football:  Offense and Defense



The leader is the quarterback.  They’ve got to be decisive, communicate the plays, and operate on time with quick decision making as an essential key to success.


Cannot ask the quarterback which play they are running.  The job of the defense is to be as agile and reactive as possible.  They cannot predict which direction the play is going to go, but they can put themselves in the best possible position to read and react to the direction of the play.


2.  Racing:  Driver and Race Car

race car



The leader is the driver.  They push the pedal to get the car moving.  Once the car is in motion, they have to constantly pay attention to the other drivers around them in order not to cause a crash.  When drivers change directions, they do so with ease instead of jerking the steering wheel at the last minute.


 The follow is the race car.  They respond to how quickly or slowly the driver pushes the pedal in order to know the speed of which they need to go.  When the driver needs to change direction, the race car responds accordingly and does not try to guess a turn or a change of lanes is approaching.


The pit crew is the partnership among driver and race car.  Without care and trust, the drive will not be as enjoyable.  Sometimes the car may need a tune up and the driver might need to work on their skills, but in the long run they cannot race without each other.


Bottom Line,


Dancing is not a one person job.  Like the saying goes, It Takes TWO to Tango!        

Country Western Two Step:  The Most Popular Country Dance

Country Western Two Step: The Most Popular Country Dance



The Two-Step is a fairly young dance and truly inspired by American heritage. Originally a version of the Waltz adopted in the mid-1840’s, The Two-Step gained popularity as music in the western parts of the U.S. changed to better suit it. It was an offspring of the minuet and they danced it as QQSS. In the old Western days when women were not allowed to dance with men, men danced together and that is the reason for the hand on the shoulder holding a can of beer and the other hand to the side. The only women who eventually danced with these men were Indian Squaws and that is where all the turns came about, because Indian women loved to spin. Two-step is a Western dance whose popularity has spread all over the United States.  Today, the most popular and notable version of the Two-Step was perfected in Texas in the early 1900’s and spread like wildfire to country western music-loving communities throughout the country.



  1. Alan Jackson- Don’t Rock the Jukebox
  2. Alabama- Forty Hour Week for a Living
  3. George Strait- Ocean Front Property
  4. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- Fishing in the Dark
  5. Reba McEntire- Fancy



Two Step is known for being a thrill ride on the dance floor.  Leaders get to learn how to navigate smoothly on a crowded floor while followers develop their quick turns and spins.  As a partnership you learn how to have a strong connection with one another, which allows for every trick to be fun and flawless!