The Murray Minute

Murray’s Instructor of the Month

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“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” -Mark van Doren

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Meet Jarrod Clark. If the last name and striking resemblance didn’t getcha’, he is the son of Arthur Murray hustle dance legends and Boston area’s beloved master coaches, John and Carol Clark. No big deal though, because this Clark hustles to his own beat! From the ice rink to the ballroom floor, Jarrod’s talent, drive, and humbleness goes above and beyond just his last name.

NAME: Jarrod Clark

STUDIO: Worcester

NO. OF YEARS AT ARTHUR MURRAY: 1 year

WHY DO YOU TEACH DANCE?
I enjoy teaching because it’s great being a part of my students’ growth. It’s nice to see someone advance with their dancing, seeing how excited they are as movement becomes more natural, and they really start to feel the progress in their learning.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE TEACHING DANCE?
I was a student at Becker College before starting my career with Arthur Murray. I did random jobs such as security and masonry before I found Ballroom Dancing. Most recently, I apprenticed as a mason, which was hard work.

Mixing cement all day and hauling brick is not as fun as twinkles and crossovers.

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TELL US ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I was a competitive ice hockey player growing up and throughout college in the NCAA.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF DANCE AND WHY?
I like all of the dances, but I do like the movement and style of the American Smooth the most. I enjoy the movement of travelling dances, and the flow and poise of smooth dances is something that I fall into more naturally.

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DO YOU COMPETE PROFESSIONALLY? (if yes, with who and what are your pre-performance rituals?)
Yes I recently started competing with Kasey Windeknecht. We had our first competition in June. Being that it was our first competition, we don’t really have any rituals.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTHUR MURRAY EVENT AND WHY?
All of the events are always a blast. My favorite though is probably Dance O Rama because it’s a great atmosphere and gives you a bigger picture of Arthur Murray, meeting Staff and students from all over.

WHO INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?

Seeing how hard my parents worked definitely inspired me to push myself not just in athletics but in the studio as well.