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In the world of Ballroom Dance, there are many professionals that are talented enough to grace the floors of high level competition.  Arthur Murray is proud to boast a good percentage of them.  However there are few that grace the tongue of the Hall of Fame.  And even fewer that etch their name into the history books.  Arthur and Kathryn Murray are two of those people.

I wish I could say I had the pleasure of knowing Arthur and Kathryn personally, but since their passing before Cari and I entered the business, I can only hear stories from those who had.  Being with Arthur Murray for 13 years, I am glad to have met a lot of figure heads that represent our company well.  One of those people is not only a Legend to the company, but a Legend to me.

Ask not what you can do for Jacques, but what can Jacques to for you.

Since you see the photo next to this text, you must know that I’m talking about the one and only Jacques De Beve.  Jacques has been with Arthur Murray for 55 years.  That’s an accomplishment within itself.  What’s more of an accomplishment is being part of helping the company grow for almost 100 years.  Jacques would be the first to tell you one of the many stories from the days of before, but allow me to tell you a story about him.

When I first started in this business, Jacques was one of the first coaches I met.  I remember his white beard and tan skin (nothing has changed).  I’ll never forget his inspirational wisdom that day.  He said “Juan.  You’re going to be great in this business.  You’re ugly, but you’ll be great!”  That was probably the best thing that he could have said to me.  It motivated me to do so much.  And with those little words, he helped shape a person that ultimately became a good dancer, teacher and franchisee (I don’t mind saying so myself).  Not only did he do that with me, but also for the many students in the studio.

We have coaches that teach us how to dance and we have coaches that guide us towards the right path.  He’s the latter.  He’s the guy that can take one look at you, read your mind and figure out what you need within the first 10 seconds of meeting you.  That’s what he does.  He’s Master Planner.  If you’ve ever wanted help in finding out what to do with your dancing, where to go, help with clarifying goals and help motivating yourself to reach those goals, you call Jedi Master Jacques.

One glance and you may think, what can he show me?  The last person that did that now resides in the local insane asylum because Jacques blew his mind away and he couldn’t find it again.  But don’t let his dapper good looks deceive you.  He may not be able to dance like he once could (Which by the way was awesome if you ever got to see it.  We don’t call him the inventor of “Dirty Swing” for nothing), but he can get you to dance in a way to achieve immediate results.  Just ask the students that he’s worked with already.

It’s been four years since Jacques has graced the walls of the Arthur Murray in San Jose and we are so proud to have him in our studio again.  You’ll know exactly who he is upon walking in the studio.  He’ll be the one with all the people around him like a moth to a flame.  He’ll be the one surrounded by laughter and joy.  He’ll be the one working on lessons giving feedback and showing students the path to a better dance life.  He’ll also be the one in a suit with white hair and you’ll find yourself saying “I don’t know who he is, but he sure looks great and one day I’d like to be him when I grow up.”

If you missed yesterday, you can catch him today.  But I’m certain we won’t see the last of this Arthur Murray Legend.


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.