Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

Getting started is easy. The first step is to schedule an introductory sample lesson with one of our trained instructors. During that lesson, your instructor will determine your current level and recommend an appropriate course for you to continue.

Can I really learn to dance?

Yes. Dancing is as easy as walking once you are taught how by an Arthur Murray expert. We teach simple, basic elements, from which the steps are derived. Hundreds of thousands of people have been successfully trained in Arthur Murray Dance Studios. There is no age limit. Our oldest students are over 70. The youngest are usually in their early teens.

Do I need a partner?

It is just as common to take lessons as an individual as it is with a partner, even if you have a significant other.  Occasionally, it is more advantageous to take lessons without a partner, especially if your goals differ or are individually inspired (i.e. health benefits/weight loss, stress relief, competing, etc.).  An instructor can help you accomplish those goals, rather than focusing on getting you and your partner to move together, making your lessons more beneficial.  If you choose to pursue dancing as an individual, your instructor will be your partner throughout your program.  If you are seeking dancing as a couple then learning together is a great way to create a date night, purse a common hobby, or sometimes a necessity in order to get ready for an event.  The instructor will teach you together, focusing on your individual roles as leader and follower, often sparking the romance and excitement only dancing can produce.

Is it more money for a couple than a single?

The rates are the same for an individual as it is for a couple.  We reserve one instructor for one session, regardless of how many people are on a lesson.  However, we do limit a private lesson to no more than two people.  If you would like more people on a lesson we can accommodate by reserving a private group class at a special rate.

How long will it take for me to become a good dancer?

That all depends on your definition of a good dancer, and the time you are willing to put into becoming the good dancer you envision.  Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you want to blend into the crowd, stand out and be noticed, or compete.  Just like learning any new skill, it is different for everyone and does not happen overnight.  It takes time to get patterns into your muscle memory, train your ear to hear the music, and learn the tricks to leading and following.  However, our instructors are trained to teach multiple learning styles in order to get information across in a way that is easy to understand to achieve your desired results as quickly as possible.  It is also helpful to keep your lessons close together to avoid unnecessary repetition and to help retention last longer.

Basically, the more time you are willing to put into your dancing, the more you will get out of it.  But no matter how long, or short, it takes, many students find that they enjoy the learning process as much as the achieved results.

How much do lessons cost?

Tuition varies, depending on a number of factors e.g., how good you want to be, what dances you want to learn, and your dance schedule. After your introductory sample lesson, your instructor will recommend a program and will be able to answer any questions, so you will have the knowledge to make an informed choice.

Does the fee have to be paid in advance?

Tuition is generally paid in advance, especially for Foundation Programs. However, financing and other arrangements are also available. Since these are determined on a case by case basis, please ask in person, and we will be glad to give you all the details.

Will I learn the latest steps?

You can learn the very latest steps in any social dance — Salsa, Swing, Hustle, Samba, Merengue, Fox Trot, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Waltz, Tango, and others.

Is it better for me to focus on just one dance at a time?

In Arthur Murray’s 100 years in business, we have found that it is actually easier to learn several different types of dances by using the Arthur Murray INTERRELATED SYSTEM than focusing on only one dance at a time.  This system was created by Arthur Murray himself when he noticed his students having difficulty retaining the knowledge of each individual dance when they accomplished one dance and moved on to the next.  He found the similarities in each dance, whether it was the patterns or timings, and based the curriculum off of certain moves and not certain dances.

This made students capable to dance to multiple types of music, therefore building their confidence and enhancing their dancing experience.  At Arthur Murray, our teachers are experts in the Arthur Murray INTERRELATED SYSTEM, making it quick and easy to learn multiple dances without feeling overwhelmed.

After I learn to dance, will I still have to return to learn the newest steps?

After getting a good foundation, you will be able to analyze the new steps and pick them up yourself without difficulty. However, many students return or continue because they enjoy their lessons and the dancing friends they’ve acquired.

Will I have a good teacher?

Yes. All Arthur Murray teachers must complete an arduous training regimen, making them very competent. Your teachers will be selected to best suit your particular needs and style of learning.

What benefits will I get from dancing?

Dancing is our first line of social activity. Good dancing is a lifetime investment in fun, poise, confidence, improved personality, and new friends. Beyond these, dancing is a superb physical conditioner — providing fun without working at it. It opens up a wonderful new world of togetherness and a thriving year-round social calendar! For specific details, see our benefits page.

Do I need special shoes?

On your first lesson you do not need dances shoes.  We only recommend wearing shoes that stay on your feet (no backless sandals) and shoes without too much grip (like athletic sneakers).  Leather sole shoes are a good choice for men, and dress shoes, with or without a heel, are ideal for women.  If you find yourself in love with dancing after the first couple of lessons, we recommend getting dance shoes since it will help you get more out of your dancing, just like having the right gear in any other hobby or sport.

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