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100 Years of Joy!

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Hi everyone! I have just come from theArthur Murray franchisee convention where the universal joy of dance is alive and well and going strong!

JR Martinez, last Year’s Dancing with the Stars Champion spoke about his life and how dancing on the show and the joy and confidence that dance brought him is one of the best experiences he has had and that he plans to continue

We have some exciting newdance moves in the pipeline and cannot wait to share them with you!

I am very proud to announce that our studio won awards for the beauty of the space, the work we do in the community and the creativity of our marketing efforts!!!!!!

Hope to see you all soon! Keep dancing!!,

Happy Birthday Arthur Murray!

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Wednesday’ April 4, 2012 marked the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Arthur Murray Dance Studios and we all celebrated at Mohegun Sun where there was a worldwide flash mob, pro shows and the daughter and granddaughters of Arthur Murray. It was a spectacular evening and we are all honored to be a part of such a fabulous organization

It just goes to show that dance is eternal and the joy it brings can transform a universe!!!

It’s All About Showing up

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Woody Allen said that 90 percent of life is just showing up; so, are you ready to show up? Are you ready to live life to the fullest and enjoy every minute?

Arthur Murray said, “just dance.” He showed up and 100 trillion steps and 100 years later we are still showing up and experiencing the joy of dance everyday. How do you experience the joy of dance? Let me know, and I’ll post the best answers here for everyone to read.

Introducing the Ballroom Blog!

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Hi everyone!

It has been nearly a year since I opened the Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom Dance Studio in Greenwich. It’s been an amazing experience working with our wonderful instructors, our dedicated students and getting to know this community. Now that the studio is up and running (we have many treats in store in the year ahead), I thought this would be the perfect time to get my blog underway to help keep the dialogue going between all of us who love and treasure dance so deeply.
My blog, which I am calling “The Ballroom Blog,” will be a daily journey through the wonder and joy of dance. In it I will do exactly what I hope the Grande Ballroom is doing for our members — that is to provide a reliable place for them to experience the wonders of dance, from the pure joy of it to the health benefits to the boost in self-confidence it offers in all of us. We all know that dance can be a life-changing practice and The Ballroom Blog will be yet another way for us to share in that renewal.

For my part, I will post daily observations, images, video, tips, Top-10 lists, links to helpful articles and web sites. On this blog, we will follow other dance and wellness bloggers out there and welcome them all into our community as we spread to love of dance across Fairfield and Westchester County. I encourage you all to “comment” on the blog, as well as offer opinions, suggestions, ideas and if you know someone who wants to guest blog here from time to time, please let us know. We are knew to the world of blogging, as many of you may be.  And yet we believe in the power of this community to connect through dance and make a difference in each other’s lives.

This blog is one important we can accomplish that goal.

So join us here — you can subscribe to the blog “Newsletter” as well by clicking here: http://arthurmurraygreenwich.com/newsletter.

See you all at the studio and on the blog.

Former Student Takes Over Greenwich Dance Studio

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georgopuloChristine Georgopulo went from being a student to the owner of Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich.

GREENWICH, Conn. – For as long as she can remember, Christine Georgopulo dreamed of being a dancer. A successful career as a real estate developer deferred that dream. But once she was retired, the dance floor beckoned from a studio two blocks from her home.

“I went in and signed up for lessons, declaring ballroom would never be my passion,” Georgopulo says. But before she knew it, she got the bug and lessons turned into competing around the world. When the dance studio became available for a new owner, she leapt at it like a ballerina doing a grand jete.
Georgopulo set forth to apply her corporate background and marketing expertise to reinvent the studio. Reflagging it as The Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, Georgopulo completely remodeled it into a Regency-period grand ballroom with a modern twist of cutting edge audio/visual equipment. It created a whole new experience for her students. “It is truly not your father’s Arthur Murray,” she says.

Georgopulo also revamped the studio’s offerings, adding a Dance for Health program for cancer patients and another targeting Corporate Team Building. “Nothing builds trust faster than being paired with a colleague and learning how to dance together,” she says. “Dancing is a lot of fun, but it also creates mutual trust.”

She’s also targeting the younger set with a Future Leaders program that will teach kids not just how to dance, but etiquette and manners as well, and award scholarships to the best students.

Arthur Murray International will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2012, and Georgopulo is excited. “Social dancing is as important, fun and vibrant as it ever was. When you learn how to dance you make your partner comfortable and you look wonderful on the dance floor,” she says. “We truly change lives.”

 

by Jim Gerweck Today

New owner dances into Arthur Murray studio

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Changes in Greenwich: Buyer reaches out to region
Richard Lee, Staff Writer
Published 10:20 p.m., Friday, May 27, 2011

www.greenwichcitizen.com

Christine Georgopulo loved dancing at the Arthur Murray dance studio in Greenwich so much that when she learned that it was available, she couldn’t resist.

“There was an opportunity, so I swooped,” said Georgopulo, who reopened the studio at 6 Lewis St. in mid-March after buying it Feb. 28 and remodeling it into a Regency period ballroom with new audio and video equipment. The waiting room is decorated with period antiques and a plasma television.

Georgopulo, 50, said she never saw herself as the female version of dance immortal Fred Astaire, who trained at an Arthur Murray studio, but she wanted something new in her life and started taking dance lessons at the studio about 2½ years ago after leaving a real estate position.

“I got into dance for fitness,” she said, adding that it is an alternative to the gym. “You walk onto the floor and get an unbelievable workout.”

Georgopulo and her two employees, Rose Petriello, a ballet and ballroom dance instructor, and Mario Moreta, a salsa expert, are hoping that others also will see learning ballroom dancing and salsa as a great way to get into shape.

They also are conducting a “Ballroom Bootcamp” this summer

Besides offering private lessons, the studio offers night group classes, weekly parties and competitions.

“Arthur Murray system is not a stodgy learn-the-steps-and-leave system,” Georgopulo said, adding that it is a stress reducer. “It’s a hobby, a lifestyle. Dance is one of the few universal languages.”

Georgopulo is starting a corporate team-building program, teaching a dance and pairing employees for competition at the end of each session.

“Nothing builds a team and trust faster than learning to dance together,” she said. “Each person learns about themselves, their partner, how to navigate personalities and shortcomings, keep focused and get to the goal line in harmony and success.”

The studio, open Mondays through Fridays, 1 to 10 p.m., is hosting a grand opening June 4. It is open Saturday by appointment.

Jeff Weber, chairman of the board of directors of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, already had a sneak peek and said he was impressed by the studio.

“She’s done a lot of renovations,” he said, lauding Georgopulo for her ideas. “She’s a very aggressive, creative person. She has a lot of great ideas to integrate with the community. She’ll be participating in our Sidewalk Sale Days from July 21 to 23.”

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