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New owner expanding dance studio offerings

September 24, 2018

The Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Danbury is more than just a place to learn the foxtrot, waltz, salsa and tango.

Although the traditional ballroom and Latin dances remain a major part of the business, new owner Andy Cabell has expanded the offerings to include team-building and health-and-wellness programs for employees, and dance lessons for kids such as ballet, creative movement and hip-hop.

“I’m trying to branch out in different directions,” he said. “No matter what you do, it’s always a workout and it’s way more fun than a gym. You use muscles you never knew you had.”

Cabell purchased the business from previous owner Nicole Almeida, whose parents opened the business on Main Street in Danbury nearly 40 years ago. It has remained in the same building since it opened. Almeida renovated the space two years ago.

Cabell, a New Hampshire native and current New Milford resident, started working at the Danbury Arthur Murray studio as an instructor in 2010. At the time he never envisioned owning the franchise, but he jumped at the chance when Almeida put it on the market. The revitalization efforts in downtown Danbury played a big role in his decision to jump into ownership.

“I’m excited to get involved with downtown,” he said. “It’s an exciting time to be on Main Street.”

Cabell will also continue to support the community as the studio has done in the past. He hopes to hold a major fundraiser each quarter for a local nonprofit organization. The studio already supports Habitat for Humanity, A Better Chance in Ridgefield and Hillside Food Outreach.

“We want to not only say thank you to the community for supporting us for four decades but to be good neighbors and give back,” Cabell said. “I am looking to partner with more local non-profits and we hope to host events to support groups that resonate with our studio mission.”

Cabell said his manager, Tara Aston, and four dance instructors helped to make the transition with new ownership a relatively seamless process. The studio did not close during the change of ownership.

The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce will hold a grand reopening celebration that is open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the studio at 345 Main Street. CityCenter Danbury will hold an event there from 5 to 7 p.m. the following Thursday.

“I would like Arthur Murray to become the face of social dancing in the area,” he said. “It’s not that scary to dance. I think a lot of people don’t do it because they think they can’t. But they can - anybody can - no matter how old or young you are.”

To reach Arthur Murray Dance Center in Danbury, call (203) 792-0176.

The writer may be reached at cbosak@hearstmediact.com; 203-731-3338

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