Our dance instructors are carefully selected and thoroughly trained in the exclusive Arthur Murray teaching method. This assures you the finest instruction in dancing. You will have a specialist dance instructor who will be responsible for your progress. Periodically, he/she will schedule lessons for you with other dance instructors. These exchanges will give you experience and practice in adapting to a variety of dance partners and dance styles.
Bob and Cindy Long
Bob and Cindy Long are the current franchisees of Arthur Murray New Mexico, which has been in business since 1952. They are both former North American ballroom champions. Cindy is a 4 time U.S. Standard (Ballroom) champion and has been voted the Best Dance Teacher in America on six separate occasions. Bob is also a former U.S. Smooth Finalist. They both hold the title of “Dual Doctorate,” which is a prestigious distinction indicating superior and comprehensive dance knowledge and instructional skill, awarded to them by Arthur Murray International. As traveling consultants for Arthur Murray, they are highly sought after coaches, and frequently visit Arthur Murray studios all over the US to coach both staff and students. Additionally, they regularly serve as judges at ballroom competitions across the globe.
Bob is Chairman of the Arthur Murray National Dance Board. Together, Bob and Cindy are co-authors of the current Medalist Teaching Curriculum, which is the foundational core for teaching all levels and styles of dancing at Arthur Murray studios worldwide. Bob and Cindy have trained all of our current instructors, and they are both well respected and loved. We are lucky to have these two amazing ballroom legends as our franchisees!
Bentura began dancing 13 years ago after joining a salsa aerobics class. He quickly became interested in social dancing as a means to decrease his social anxiety, and it worked! Having found personal success with dance to improve his life, he became interested in helping others through ballroom dancing. Bentura visited Arthur Murray of New Mexico and has been working for the studio ever since. He has recently achieved his Gold Masters Teaching Certification with Arthur Murray and is an active ballroom competitor. He is inspired every day by his students, and his favorite part of being a dance instructor at Arthur Murray is meeting new people and making all the students laugh.
Cory has been dancing for 11 years and joined Arthur Murray’s staff 5 years ago. After graduating college, she began dancing as a social outlet. She quickly became hooked; she says, “Dancing makes me feel good, physically and emotionally!” Cory believes that dancing is fun, entertaining, and a positive way to meet new people. She is also an active ballroom dance competitor who partners with Bentura for competitions. Her favorite dance is Argentine Tango and her favorite aspect of teaching dance is seeing her students grow.
Sebastian Beuchelt is a specialist instructor at Arthur Murray of New Mexico and mainly instructs Newcomers and Bronze students. Sebastian became interested in ballroom dancing when his mother persuaded him to take dance lessons with her. Dance quickly became an eagerly anticipated and exciting weekly activity, For him, the dance studio is a place where he can unwind, have fun, and socialize. His favorite aspect of Arthur Murray Dance Studios is their welcoming community atmosphere. As a social butterfly, Sebastian enjoys getting to know new people and sharing his love of ballroom dancing with his students. He believes dance can lift the spirit in addition to being a good source of exercise. Sebastian has been teaching ballroom since 2017 and claims that dance is a good counterbalance to the monotony of everyday life.
Michiko Sibley was born in Japan and came to the USA in 1999 to audition for a dance instructor position with Arthur Murray Dance Studios. In 2002, she placed fourth at the Future Champions Ballroom Dance Competition. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a dancer; even as a child when she heard music she couldn’t help but dance. Later in life, she became more interested in dance because of her love of music and the athletics involved. Today, Michiko is a Specialist Instructor at Arthur Murray of New Mexico and teaches all levels, from newcomers to gold. Her favorite aspects of teaching dance are nurturing her students, passing on her knowledge and love of dance, and watching her students enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Teaching dance brings great joy to Michiko’s life and she suspects she may never stop dancing or teaching.