Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I need a partner to learn to dance?
No, you need not need a partner to learn to dance. At Arthur Murray, you can learn on your own or with someone special. Whether you are a single, couple, or have a partner that isn’t interested in learning to dance, you are welcome to join us and learn. We have a great community of dancers and a welcoming environment that includes all types and ages of people.
What do I wear for my dance lessons?
While our instructors dress in business attire, our students wear a variety of things: anything from jeans and a t-shirt, to work attire, to getting all dressed up for a night out of dancing. For shoes, just make sure you wear something that won’t slip off your feet while dancing. Ballroom dancing shoes are not required.
How long does it take to learn to dance?
It totally depends on how quickly you learn, how good you’d like to become, and how many dances you’d like to learn. Just to learn a few basics only takes a handful of lessons. To be comfortable dancing to any music with any partner, that takes about 6 months to a year. After your first lesson, your instructor will be able to recommend the quickest way to get to your dancing goals.
What dances do you teach?
We teach everything you can do with a partner! Ballroom dancing encompasses all styles of partner dance including, but not limited to traditional ballroom like the waltz and tango as well as latin, swing, country western, and many other styles. Visit our Dances We Teach page to learn more.
What can I expect on my first lesson?
Your first visit to the school gives you a chance to check out the studio facilities, experience how we teach, and make sure that it's an atmosphere you feel comfortable learning in. It's also a chance for your instructors to see how you learn and make recommendations to give you the best service possible. Even if you've never danced before, you'll be dancing on your very first lesson.
What is the easiest ballroom dance to learn?
While there are a few dances we recommend learning after you’re more acquainted with the basics, MOST styles of dance are actually very simple to learn. Your instructor will be able to recommend the best dances to learn based on what events you might have coming up as well as the style of music you enjoy. Feel free to check out the Dances We Teach page for more info.
Can you teach ballroom dancing to beginners?
Absolutely! Arthur Murray has a fool-proof method developed over 100 years that can truly teach ANYONE to dance. Even if you have two left feet and no rhythm, you CAN learn to dance. The hardest step is the first one through the door. Just show up and we’ll take care of the rest!
Do you teach ballroom dancing for kids?
Yes! Ballroom dancing is a great skill to learn at a young age. It helps to learn coordination, manners, and socialization. We do recommend that they start ballroom dancing once they reach age 5.
Is ballroom dancing good exercise?
Yes! Ballroom dancing is great exercise. Whether you are looking to lose weight, stay fit, or rehabilitate, dancing is a great low-impact exercise. It’s also one of the only physical exercises that’s proven to help stave off degenerative diseases like alzheimer's and dementia. Whatever your health goals, dancing can help.
How much do lessons cost?
While our programs start at $432, all of our programs can be customized to fit any budget and schedule. Your New Student Director can easily design a personalized plan to fit your needs.
Wanna try us out? The first lesson is completely FREE!
How do I get started?
The first step is to schedule an introductory lesson. Your instructor will be able to determine your current level, make recommendations based on your goals, and show you how to get the most out of your experience with the studio. Sign up for your introductory lesson today. The first lesson is FREE!
Who will be my teacher?
Arthur Murray instructors are the best teachers in their field. Not only do they undergo a rigorous training and certification program, but are consistently trained in the best teaching practices, dance techniques, and dance trends to give you the best instruction and experience possible.
Our layered system of teaching is second to none and makes it easy for you to get on the dance floor, fast, and look good while doing it.
What type of music can you ballroom dance to?
Pretty much everything. Partnered dancing can be done to Big Band, Latin, 80’s, Top 40, Classic Rock ‘N Roll, Bossa Nova, Motown, Disco, Country Western, etc. If there is a beat, you can learn to dance to it! Check out our Dances We Teach page for more info.