Arthur Murray Danvers Dance Center

At Arthur Murray Danvers, Dance Lessons are All in the Family


Like millions of others, Joanne Crosley, owner of the Arthur Murray Danvers Dance Center, saw “Saturday Night Fever” in 1978 and was mesmerized by the fancy footwork of John Travolta. She left the theater that day, promising herself she was going to learn the Hustle. Days  later, she was taking lessons at the local Arthur Murray dance center.

“When I walked into Arthur Murray, I was immediately hooked. I saw couples, arm in arm, gliding across the dance floor. It was so artistic and beautiful that I couldn’t wait for my first lesson to begin,” Crosley said. What started as a desire to learn one dance turned into a career and lifelong passion.Within a few years, Joanne opened her own Arthur Murray Dance Center and hasn’t looked back.

Along with her husband Mitchell, daughter Marisa, 24, and a very devoted staff, Crosley runs a center that is welcoming and friendly. Many clients have been dancing with her for years and they all love welcoming new students into the family. In fact, Thursday night is dance party night at Arthur Murray Danvers. All students gather for a fun dance party featuring great music, wonderful friends and plenty of baked treats (brought by the students themselves!)

Indeed, the students at Arthur Murray Danvers feel like the dance center is their second home — a place where they can relax and recharge. Longtime dance student, Kathy, is a great example. For many years, this oncology nurse came in weekly for her lessons and fit right into the group. One day, Crosley turned to her and asked, “What’s it like to have such an important job working with people who are suffering from cancer?”

Kathy looked at her and smiled. “I don’t know, Joanne,” she responded. “You tell me. You are the one who has made such a difference in my life and the lives of all your students. Being able to come here makes me happy. I couldn’t do what I do, if you didn’t do what you do. Dancing balances my life.”

Indeed many students say that dancing brings so much into their lives; it boosts health and creates happiness. When people ask Crosley why she is passionate about ballroom dancing and teaching students at Arthur Murray Danvers, she knows exactly what to say.

“It is amazing what dancing does for people beyond the dance floor. I’ve witnessed rekindled relationships, reignited passion, weight loss, people who have grown from shy and reserved to confident men and women. Everyone has a different story. Everyone comes here for one thing and gets so much more out of it.”

Looking to make new friends? Feeling like you are in a rut and it’s time to try something new? Dancing is the perfect activity on all fronts! And, at Arthur Murray Danvers we would love to invite you to take advantage of a complimentary, first dance lesson. Our highly trained dance instructors are patient and friendly. We know you can do this. Give us an hour and we’ll introduce you to the wonderful world of dance.