I was asked recently by Colleen Murray (Colleen Murray Dance Centre) on how to get hold of couples who wanted to learn how to dance. In particular, she wanted to contact same-sex couples who might want to learn. So a very friendly same-sex business.
I offered to tell you about her dance school in the hope that you will get excited and want to get some lessons.
Learn to dance for fitness and fun! The Colleen Murray Dance Centre offers dance lessons and dance 'experiences'.
They take the dance experience to the next level, offering a wide range of services and facilities to everyone, from first-time dance enthusiasts to advanced competitors, children to seniors.
Dancing is more than just movement to music. The American writer John Dewy wrote about art as experience, and this is what dancing is really about.
Each dance is an expression of a mood, an experience of emotion. The music brings out the emotion in the dancer, and this emotion is translated into movement, which is the dance. In this way each person dancing experiences the fun of the jive, the cheekiness of the cha cha cha, the raw passion of the Argentine tango or the sultry desire of the rumba.
These experiences are the essence of what life is about. With them we enrich our lives and those of others. Without them life slips into the drudgery and boredom of a dull routine. Although not everyone can be a great dancer, anyone is capable of experiencing the magic that makes dancing great. Dancing is more than just movement to music. Each dance is an expression of a mood, an experience of emotion.
On the website under the heading WEDDING LESSONS it states:
With 30 years experience in teaching ballroom & Latin American dancing, Colleen and her team can steer you in the right direction so that your first dance as husband and wife (wife and wife or husband and husband or partner and partner) is truly one to remember or just learn for fitness and fun. She caters for future brides and grooms, parents and the bridal party.
Now is the time to organise your family and friends to learn to dance for your special day or you may wish to join one of the public learn to dance classes which run for 10 weeks. Lessons are by appointment on a day to suit you.
The studio operates 7 days a week from 11am till 11pm. If you have a piece of music which is special to you both, bring it along on either CD or an MP3 player and they will choreograph your dance to that piece. They would suggest you commence your lesson six weeks before your special day rather than leave it to the last minute, as you will be very busy the nearer the time of the wedding.
Colleen Murray Dance Centre
520 Cranford Street, Papanui
Tel: 03 383 0317
Mobile: 021 140 2783