Holiday Survival Guide: Ballroom Dance Edition

Office Parties:  It’s This or the Copy Room


Article written by Chris Lynam of Arthur Murray California

A Holiday party can sometimes, usually… OK.  Every single time you have an office party, someone ends up getting a little “too comfortable” and your office life afterwards is never the same.  Now we aren’t saying that photocopying your bottom is no longer an acceptable form of Holiday Office celebration, but what if more people in your office knew how to dance?  I mean, your CEO hires Tony Bennett to sing, and people still hang around the egg nog, and the aforementioned copy machine?

Holiday Survival Verdict: The only image your boss and co-workers will have of you, will be of you on the dance floor.  So while security is tracking down the copy machine culprit, your boss and co-workers will be tracking you down for dance pointers.

Holiday Survival Dances for Office Parties:  Foxtrot, Swing, Merengue, and Tango

Black Friday Batteries

They say love is a battlefield.  Shopping for the ones you love is an active combat zone.  Black Friday is a day where the Holiday Shopping Champions collide.  The weary shoppers are swallowed up, their Christmas Spirit extinguished – but not for a lack of effort.  The missing ingredient:  Endurance.

Dancing builds your stamina and endurance more effectively than almost any other aerobic activity.  Why?  Because it doesn’t feel like aerobic activity.  So while your others are futilely adding an extra shot of espresso to their pumpkin spice lattes; you’ll be energized as you waltz your way through the shopping combat zone.

Holiday Survival Verdict:  Dancing builds endurance, balance, and nimble footwork to vanquish even the greatest Black Friday challenges.

Holiday Survival Dances for Black Friday:  Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Samba, and Lindy Hop

Improve Your Gift Carding Skills

You’ve used it.  Your brother has used it.  Your Aunt definitely has used it.  Your Grandma… that’s another story.  It’s the Standard Gift Card Apology.  It’s the original buy one, get one free Holiday double pack.  You can’t purchase a gift card without the token “Sorry, you’re just so hard to shop for”.  This time around, why not try something that puts the old gift cards on the same level as hand drawn coupons for car washes.  Dance lessons.

Holiday Survival Verdict: Instead of a pound of coffee, how about a ton of Tango, Swing, and Salsa for Christmas?

Holiday Survival Dances for Improved Gift Carding:  Anything!  From Swing to Salsa, Tango to 2-Step.

Tis the Season to Eat Carb-y

Fa la la la la, la la la…. I gained how much weight?!  We may not be able to eliminate your candy cane addiction, but we can tell you that every dance lesson can burn 300-600 calories.  You may give in to the holiday food you love so much, but dance lessons can limit or, even, reverse the damage of figgy pudding and the rest of the carb-y usual suspects.

Holiday Survival Verdict:  We may be our own worst enemy in this department, but dance lessons are a great, and enjoyable, Carb-Insurance policy.

Holiday Survival Dances for Limiting Carb Damage:  Cha-Cha, Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Lindy Hop, Samba

Here’s a Resolution:  “Enough with the Resolutions already!”

Do you believe in magic?  Well, the effectiveness of a magic spell is about equal to that of the mystical New Year’s resolution. Why not do something about it, like… before January?  Hey, while we’re at it, why not before December?  That way, at the very least, you can put all of your mystical New Year’s resolution efforts into avoiding chocolate cake… until Valentine’s Day.

Holiday Survival Verdict:  Too often, we use a resolution as a catch-all make up class for everything we didn’t do on our Holiday Survival list.  Not this year.

Holiday Survival Recommendation:  Do it.

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Happy Dancing!



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