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.

How long will it take?

The length of your course will depend on how many dances you want to learn and how proficient you wish to become in each dance. However, you will be able to dance after your first lesson.

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.

Where am I going to use this stuff I’m learning anyway?

You can put everything you’re learning into action right away at one of our practice parties. Outside of that, many of our students use their dancing at wedding receptions, reunions, and company parties. If you’re planning a vacation, going on a cruise will usually provide several different themed rooms to dance in. Lastly, there are nightclubs you can go to as well. Whether it’s salsa or country, there’s a little bit of everything out there. The more you know in your dancing, the more you have to choose from.

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!

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 do I derive?

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 more information see our Benefits Page!

How often should I come in for my lessons?

If possible, keep your lessons as close together in the beginning of your program. This allows your teacher to get your brain and body to cooperate much sooner.

What do I wear for my first lesson?

We have students that come to their lessons straight from work or straight from the gym, so what ever’s comfortable or convenient is fine with us.

What kind of shoes should I wear for my lesson?

You can wear any type of shoe that won’t slip off of your feet. So dress shoes or sneakers are fine, just skip the sandals. The other option is ballroom dance shoes which have a suede sole and softer leather.

What do you do if your partner is more experienced than you are?

In football terms, she’s the defense and you’re the offense. Since you don’t play the same position, or even on the same side of the ball, you have different jobs and responsibilities. So just because she took some dance classes before, that doesn’t come into play at all with your role as the leader/quarterback.

I’m a Bride taking lessons for my wedding, should I dance in my wedding shoes?

Your wedding shoes are a part of the finishing touches to your overall “wedding look”. Unfortunately, they aren’t always designed for comfort, or dancing. We’d recommend that you bring your shoes in so your teacher can see how well you can move in them and determine the best course of action. In a perfect world, we’d suggest to get a pair of white ballroom dancing shoes to wear for the first dance and reception. Your guests won’t even know and, trust us, they will be so much more comfortable.

I’d like to get a pair of ballroom dance shoes, what should I look for?

For guys your first pair should be regular, non-patent, leather in a standard heel. Because of the softness of the leather, the shoes will stretch more than normal so some dancers get a half size smaller than normal street shoes. For girls we recommend any of the heels as long as they aren’t higher than 2.5 inches. In addition, we always recommend a nude or bronze colored shoe for your first pair.

May I take lessons at any convenient time?

Take your lessons any time you wish. Our studio is open Monday – Friday 1:00 – 10:00 PM  , and Sat by appointment.

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.

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.