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After a day like showcase, you would expect to relax and take a day off.  Not San Jose.  Not our students and staff.  We live in Silicon Valley and with a tough city we have tough people.  Tough people that like to get their hands dirty with the techniques and philosophies of the sport known as ballroom dancing.  A day off is for the procrastinator of dreams and our dreams came true knowing that we had superhero like coaches coming in on Monday and Tuesday.  Superhumans like Ron Christy and Snow.

If you’ve ever had a coaching lesson, then you know what it’s like.  For those that don’t, let me give you an idea.  It’s like Luke Skywalker meeting Yoda.  he got all the training from Obi Wan, but when he needed something more he was introduced to Yoda.  Luke thought he knew what it took to be a Jedi, but Yoda’s training opened his eyes to more than the average Jedi can see.  He made him train harder and gave him things that other Jedi’s could not.  A master coach is the “Yoda” that gives you material and techniques that only a Jedi Master Coach can.  And just when you think you can’t do more, they push you a little further to become the Jedi they know you can be.  A coach gets you to do things in a shorter period of time than it would normally take.  That’s the Magic of a Jedi Coach.

The first Jedi Coach we had after showcase was Ron Christy.  What can we say.  He’s a man made of almost steel with an almost steel head and can almost see through anything.  He can however see what we need to work on.  Students had a blast working with him one on one and in his workshop.  Have you ever witnessed a miracle in your life?  That’s what takes place during a lesson with a coach like Ron.  He not only astonished and amazed our students, but our staff as well.  We had a field day trying to understand the man known as Ron Christy.

The next day, a Snow storm came to town.  Jedi Coach Snow had her first day here in the San Jose studio and it was much anticipated.  Each lesson went by faster and faster.  Time flies when you’re in a blizzard of excitement of dance.  She worked with students of all levels and the feedback was incredible.  We even had a student ask “When are you coming back”, within the first five minutes of the lesson.  We constantly talk about how much you learn and improve when you have a coaching lesson.  Snow was the example.  Students walked away in amazement of how advanced techniques were simplified and applied during the lesson.

Arthur Murray San Jose has Jedi Coaches coming in once sometimes twice per month.  Check the calendar and see when the next coach is coming by and schedule fast because Jedi Masters are high in demand.  Don’t be left out of the opportunity a coach can bring to your dancing life.


A Friend of a Friend…

So I asked a good friend, and fellow blogger, of mine about what the deal is with all of this internet blogging stuff.  He proceeded with lots of analogies on how great it would be to have a blog and how exciting of a life I would lead.  Actually it was a 2 question answer:  “Do you have a blog”, “Yeah”, “Is it cool if I did one?”, “Yeah”.  That was enough to convince me.  And that was that. I started writing and the rest is history.

So recently I had a birthday and Cari decided to get me a Jack Lalane Power Juicer.  It was probably one of the best gifts that I ever got.  So great, that we decided to get every fruit and vegetable in the grocery store that night!  The next morning I awoke to the wonderful sound of fruit mincing their way into a frothy juice to be enjoyed by my taste buds.  The same day upon coming into the studio I told our staff how great the juicer was and how healthy it is for your body.  “You can just feel yourself getting healthier knowing that all the nutrients are going right into your system”, I said to Dustin.  You know what.  He got one the next day.

Showcase day rolled around and we talked about how much fun juicing was and there was a compadre, Ron Christy.  He jumped in without hesitation and told me how excited he was to juice as well.  “I hated drinking any juice from the store, but for some reason, I love the juice I make at home with Jack Lalane’s power juicer”–ting!  That was the sound his mouth made when he smiled really big.  It’s like all of a sudden we were part of a juicing club and I was one the spokesman because I couldn’t stop talking about it.

Then it hit me.  I was excited about a power juicer because of how much fun it was and healthy it was for me.  Out of the excitement and caring for others I shared my story in hopes that they would be happy and healthy like me.  I wanted to help my friends and share with them something that I loved so much.  If a power juicer does that to me, I wonder what dancing does for our students?

Telling a friend how much fun you’re having with your dancing is a wonderful idea to share something good with them.  In a world of bad news, why not share a light at the end of that workday tunnel and help them find something to look forward to.  Too many times do we try to hold things for ourselves and like when we have “our own thing” that nobody else can touch.  But in an effort to make it our own, we exclude or don’t think about the effects that dancing can have for others, especially our friends.  At Arthur Murray we always appreciate when our students let their friends know about what a good time dancing can bring.  In fact it’s the highest form of flattery for our teachers and studio to know that we did a great enough job that you wanted to share your new passion for dance with your friends and family.

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