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Palm Harbor Arthur Murray dance studio offers free lessons for party, competition

Dance instructor David Schmidt teaches a routine at Arthur Murray this week. The Palm Harbor studio is giving free lessons in preparation for a party and competition Saturday night.

Terri Bryce Reeves | Special to the Times

Dance instructor David Schmidt teaches a routine at Arthur Murray this week. The Palm Harbor studio is giving free lessons in preparation for a party and competition Saturday night.

PALM HARBOR — So you think you can dance? Or wish you could?

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Now's the opportunity to bust a move with others around the country as Arthur Murray, a dance studio in the Fountains Plaza in Palm Harbor, offers free group and private lessons in preparation for the second annual National Dance Day, which takes place Saturday.

Approved by Congress last year, National Dance Day encourages everyone — all ages, sizes and abilities — to enjoy the social and fitness benefits of dance by joining together in creative expression.

"National Dance Day was the brainchild of Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance," said Lania Berger, owner of the studio. "Dancing is great because you don't need any special equipment, just music, and it can be done just about anywhere."

Free group lessons will be held at 6:15, 7, and 8:30 tonight as well as at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Classes are divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels with separate, easy-to-learn choreography and music for each routine.

You can also learn the routines by viewing instructional videos at youtube.com/user/dizzyfeetfoundation on YouTube.

Complimentary half-hour private lessons will also be given by five instructors at the studio from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. They are offered first-come, first-served. Call to reserve a place.

Activities culminate with a free dance party from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

"We'll be presenting all three dance routines in one big studio with live entertainment, free refreshments and lots of dancing," said Berger.

Afterward, from 9 to 11 p.m., the studio will sponsor a dance scholarship competition with $500 in dance lessons as a grand prize.

"Contestants are judged by the audience," Berger said. "People who want to participate will want to call ahead for that."

IF YOU GO

Free dance lessons and party

Where: Arthur Murray dance studio, 34930 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor in the Fountains Plaza.

When: Group lessons are at 6:15, 7 and 8:30 tonight, and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Saturday activities also include half-hour private lessons from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., dance party from 7 to 9 p.m., and a dance scholarship competition from 9 to 11 p.m.

Cost: All activities are free. Donations will be accepted during the party for the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, a nonprofit organization serving Pasco, Hernando and Citrus.

Info: Call (727) 786-2224 to schedule a private lesson or participate in the dance scholarship competition.

Palm Harbor Arthur Murray dance studio offers free lessons for party, competition 07/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 4:43pm]
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