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Arthur Murray Studio and Jóvenes Adelante unite for dance marathon

By Keith Wall

When the Arthur Murray Dance Studio celebrated its Grand Opening at Hernández Macías 68 four summers ago, they made it a joint production with Jóvenes Adelante to raise funds for university scholarships for the most exceptionally promising local high school graduates with the greatest financial need. It was a grand celebration, successful equally as a dance party and as a fundraiser.

Bang Bang Dance Marathon
Sat, Jul 13, 9am-9pm
Doors open at 8am
Come early to register
Baile Café/Arthur Murray
Hernández Macías 68
Minimum sponsorships:
Adults 500 pesos
Youth 200 pesos
Tickets Available at:
Baile Café/Arthur Murray, in advance or at the door

On Saturday, July 13, at 9am, the organizations again join forces to produce “Bang Bang,” an innovative and ambitious 12-hour dance marathon party. The proceeds will be used to help JA fund 20 new university scholarships for pre-qualified, highly deserving applicants whom, for lack of resources, JA cannot presently support.

The doors, the Baile Café restaurant, and the Arthur Murray dance floor open at 8am for energetic early risers looking to get moving. The first hour features a demonstration and lessons on how to dance the “Bang Bang,” a dance featured in the current film, The Great Gatsby, the event’s theme. There will be food and drink available throughout the day. At 10, change of music and theme: the hour begins with demonstrations and instruction on dancing the Cumbia, followed by open-floor dancing. Most of the time will be spent dancing freestyle and solo, not with partners. It’s not a contest to see who the best dancer is; the only “rule” is to keep moving! At 11, switch again to a new theme such as cowboy or Hawaiian hour with music, activities, contests and prizes to go with the theme. Every hour on the hour participants will dance the “Bang Bang” choreography learned earlier.

And so goes the marathon. Subsequent hourly dance themes are Michael Jackson, Swing, Bachata, Disco, Middle-Eastern, Mardi Gras, etc. At 8:30pm, winners of the prizes for most money raised and other contests will be announced, then winning raffle tickets will be drawn. At 9pm the “Bang Bang” will be danced one final time to close the marathon. There are a lot of great prizes, including a mini-stereo system, gift certificates, complimentary lunches and dinners at local restaurants, and of course a one-month membership to Arthur Murray. Participants who last the entire 12 hours will be eligible for the grand prize.

So come at 9am and dance ‘til you drop, or come for a while, sample the food offerings arriving every two hours from contributing restaurants, drink, socialize, watch, and get out on the dance floor if and when you feel like it. Expect a good mix of JA scholarship recipients, other jóvenes, Arthur Murray instructors, students and friends, many JA volunteers and supporters, and assorted people from the community who could not resist an opportunity to dance all day and support the cause of higher education for local youth. Among the guests there will be some very talented and competitive dancers, so attendees will be privileged to see some quality, exciting dance moves.

Jóvenes Adelante was formed 13 years ago. At the time of the 2009 Arthur Murray/JA joint event, JA had 57 active students and 11 graduates. Currently, JA has 81 students, studying every possible field locally and in cities all over Mexico. JA provides each student with a monthly stipend, a mentor, a laptop computer, and a range of support services to ensure their success. By the end of this year, there will be 89 Jóvenes Adelante university graduates working in, or pursuing, professional careers. For more information about JA, or to volunteer, see or write to

Entry fees for “Bang Bang,” which include a raffle ticket, t-shirt, and all of the snacks and activities planned for the entire day, are a 500-peso minimum raised donation for adults and a 200-peso minimum raised donation for jóvenes. Participants should register ahead of time and try to raise as much money as possible in order to be eligible to win the best prizes! Last-minute entries and donations are also welcome at the door.

Stop in at Hernández Macías 68 at any time to learn more about Arthur Murray dance lessons. Christie or a staff member will be happy to answer any questions and give you a tour or a sample lesson. You can also visit call 152-0095, or email


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