Our Management Team
Arthur Murray Tampa is owned and operated since 2008 by the Barry Sisters: Michelle and Loraine. The Barry Sisters were born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to the United States in 2008. Although they now call Tampa Bay home, it’s obvious they are Irish the moment you meet. With beautiful blonde hair and adorable accents, you can’t help but find yourself captivated by their company. Michelle Barry’s eyes light up while describing dancing and the benefits. She loves seeing what dancing does for people. It affects people in different ways and it can transform lives. Dancing is a wonderful way to reignite romance into a marriage as well as a fun escape from the stress of the corporate world. Michelle describes dancing as “a beautiful form of therapy.”
Dancing is much more than a pastime to the Barry Sisters. They have been dancing since they were toddlers and have won several national and international championships. Michelle is a former European, Open British, International, US and Irish Champion. But don’t worry, Michelle doesn’t let her international fame get to her head! She is down to earth with a brilliant personality! Loraine is a former World, European, Open British, International and Irish Champion! Loraine has moved on from competing and now tours the world teaching up-and-coming professionals how to perfect the art of ballroom dancing. She also judges many international competitions. Michelle has also retired from competing and now shares her love for dancing in Tampa Bay through the Arthur Murray Dance Centers.
The studio is located on Gandy Blvd with a beautiful 3,500 sq foot ballroom, allowing plenty of room for everyone to perform at their best and learn the beauty of dance. A great atmosphere and professional staff create a fun and exciting environment where people of all levels can feel comfortable the moment they walk in the door and the moment they dance out.