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.
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