"When we came to AM, we weren't looking for more "together time". We already ran a business together, played together, enjoyed each other's company immensely. But somehow, AM helped us connect in a way that's made us closer, happier, and even more intimate. Who knew the Foxtrot could do that?
When we came to AM, we weren't looking for "new friends". We already had some wonderful friendships with interesting, intelligent, and fun-loving people. But somehow, AM allowed us to meet a new network of joyful people from all walks of life who are excited to learn, willing to make fools of themselves once in a while, and interested in revealing themselves through dance. Who knew the Rumba could do that?
When we came to AM, we weren't looking for ways to "handle stress". We already knew the prescribed ways to deal with our heavy workloads, family issues, health stuff. But somehow, AM provided us with a true retreat from all those things. Now, as soon as we walk through the doors of the studio, all our troubles are left behind, and the focus is on fun. Who knew the Tango could do that?
When we came to AM, we weren't looking to increase our "mental health". We already knew the benefits of being social, trying new things, developing new hobbies. But somehow, AM revealed the proven benefits of combining body and mind activity (ie. dance!). We're not sure anyone will accuse us of sudden brilliance, but we certainly feel more alert, more alive, and more able to focus. Who knew the Cha Cha could do that?
So what were we looking for when we came to AM? Actually, we wanted to find a way to exercise more without having to wear spandex in a gym full of buff youngsters. And at AM, we get a work out every time we dance, whether it's a fun group lesson, a focused private session, or the Friday night party. As to the buff youngsters ... well, people of all ages love our studio. And as to the spandex ... it's definitely not a requirement. (But twice a year there are themed festival events, and spandex is definitely an option). Who knew AM could do that?
We can't say enough good things about why to come to AM. You may think you're coming for one reason, but you'll end up staying for a dozen more."
Thanks for changing our lives,
Christy & Jim D.,
"I have taken dance lessons at the Arthur Murray studio in Coquitlam for over three years. I started as a complete novice and have enjoyed every minute of my learning. The staff at the studio are phenomenal; wonderful people who love to dance and pass on their expertise to their students. The owners, Barbara and Brent have made their studio a welcome and fun place for everyone, novice or advanced. If you have the desire to dance, as a couple or individual, take that first step and you will never want to quit dancing. It will change your life."
The team at Arthur Murray Coquitlam/Tri-Cities is awesome. I feel welcomed and recognized as an individual by professional yet friendly people who have my best interests at heart. There is no separation by status, more advanced students support new arrivals. This was of huge benefit to me because of my shyness. My wants and needs are critically analyzed on a continuing basis with adjustments made to enhance my learning curve. I can progress at my own rate. I do not feel pressured to reach goals or schedules however any personal incentive I have to move forward is supported and encouraged. I joined the studio to learn to dance. I stay with the studio because of the people and the environment. The enjoyment I receive from my learning process and my involvement with this fine group of people could not have been foreseen by me. There are times when we do not know something is missing in our lives until we find it. This has been my experience with Arthur Murray Coquitlam/Tri-Cities.Martin W. D.,
"When Bonita Caunce asked her husband if he would take ballroom dancing lessons with her I, Brian Caunce, didn't share my wife's vision. When I pictured ballroom dancing, I thought of effeminate men, not strong ones. This scenario made me nervous and it took a great deal of convincing to get me to take that first lesson.
Well, on June 18, 2005, Bonita was able to get me to take that first lesson. That first lesson was not too pretty let me tell you. Anyhow, we came back again and I still did not have a great feeling about this but I was still willing to give it a try for Bonita. I figured if I didn't I wouldn't here the end of it, so I figured that the dancing was the lesser evil of the two.
Three months later Bonita and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary (this was why we started the dance lessons) and we celebrated going out dancing.
We danced a waltz together for the first time other than the dance studio and it was GREAT. Being able to hold her in my arms, listen to the music and flow around the dance floor as one. This is the first time in 30 years that Bonita and I have actually done something together. Now, I crave the dance floor more than my wife does and I have fallen in love with it.
Four years later and we are still dancing - that should say it all.
I would highly recommend that you give it a try. The Tri-City Arthur Murray Dance studio is first class in my books and anyone wanting to learn should start here. The Staff are friendly and courteous - in fact I feel we are one big happy family.
I could continue on about how great it is but I think you should check it out yourself."