Teaching Methods

Your decision to learn to dance at an Arthur Murray Studio will prove to be one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences of your lifetime. The Arthur Murray Organization’s 100 plus years of teaching experience assures you of the finest dance instruction available today. Through the three-way system of instruction, (private, group and practice sessions) you will become a good social dancer in the shortest time possible.

Personal Lessons

Personal instruction is vital to learning quickly and easily.

During your one-on-one personal lessons, you will receive personalized instruction that will help you achieve your goals in dancing. Your instructor will spend the time necessary on technique, styling, and general dance improvement. An up-to-date record of everything you have learned will also be kept as part of your instruction. At no time are you at the mercy of another student’s ability to learn or the dances they enjoy. You learn with your instructor at YOUR pace, and you will master the dances YOU wish to learn!

Group Classes

Class instruction supplements private lessons and utilizes other teachers and students to enhance and speed up the learning process.

Group Lessons are an important addition to your private instruction. They give you the opportunity to dance with a variety of partners, develop good dance habits, and meet other students in the studio. In group classes we emphasize leading, following, and variation of patterns. Dancing the same pattern with different partners, will help you to commit it to memory.

Group lessons are held for different dances and levels. You will always be dancing with students on the same level as you are. At no time are you required to dance with other people, as the goal is for you to learn to dance with your partner! We never charge for you to practice with us! You are never penalized for being single at Arthur Murray!

Practice Parties

We hold scheduled dance parties (practice sessions) for all our students. These practice parties are held on a weekly basis. You will have fun dancing with the instructors and students in a relaxed and comfortable environment. This gives you the opportunity to practice and try out all the new dance skills that you’ve learned in your Personal and Group Lessons. Check the studio calendars for your studios’ practice party day and time.

Medal Ball

The Medal Ball is a gala dance event honoring the students who “graduate” from one level of their dance program to the next. Medal Balls also afford students the opportunity to enjoy their dancing in a fun and elegant setting.

Dance Sport


A Dance Sport Competition is an exciting two or three day event, that brings students together from many Arthur Murray Studios, to compete at their level, in dances of their choice. This requires specialized dance training to polish and perfect choreography, technique and styling. The weekend is full of activities such as dance competitions, cocktail parties, dinner dances and exciting professional shows.


A showcase is an one day event where students present dance routines with personalized choreography. These routines make an exciting addition to your Medalist program, because they allow you to develop showmanship and musical expression along with your social dance skills.