Arthur Murray Dance Teaching Methods
Arthur Murray Dance Studios have spent almost a century finding the most effective teaching methods to help our students advance as quickly as they choose.
You can proceed through the levels at your own pace, based on your desire, goals, commitment and interest, honing skills and learning new ones to achieve any proficiency level you desire with our time-tested three way approach.
The Arthur Murray Way ... Our 3-Way Approach to Teaching Dance
Personal (Single's and/or Couple's) Lessons ...to develop technique & style
During your one-on-one private lessons (for both singles and couples), 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.
Group Lessons ...to develop patterns & leading and following
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.
Group classes emphasize technique, style, and variation of patterns. You may be taught new steps and styling that your regular instructor hasn't introduced to you yet. This is another great way to help you become a more proficient and confident dancer.
Studio Practice Parties ...to develop confidence & to kick up your heels for a great time!
We hold scheduled dance parties (practice sessions) for all our students on a weekly basis. You will have fun dancing with the instructors and other students in a relaxed and comfortable environment. This gives you the opportunity to practice all the new dance skills that you've learned in your Private and Group Lessons.
Nothing is more effective in teaching you to dance than our 3-way approach combining individual attention, repetition and practice; paired with our team of enthusiastic dance experts who work together to build your new skills. Contact your local studio for package pricing.
Programs We Offer
Basic Introductory Program
The Basic Program develops the most important dances you plan to use immediately at a basic level. Emphasis is placed on three important elements of dancing; (1) foot position (2) rhythm and timing
(3) leading or following with enough variety to keep your learning experience interesting.
Social Ease Porgram
The Social Ease Program develops a deeper understanding of the basic movements. Here, you go beyond the idea of foot placement and begin to expand the concepts of Lead and Follow, Floorcraft, Musicality, and essentially, how to simply survive the "real world" of the dancefloor.
Associate Bronze Program
The Associate Bronze Program will help you acquire freer movement around the floor while expanding your variety, technique and footwork. Associate Bronze dancers also begin to develop portrayal of a dance’s characteristics in the form of styling. This dance program is very popular with those wanting to get on the dance floor quickly.
Full Bronze Program
Full Bronze is the complete social dance program taught by the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. It’s designed to develop timing and techniques in all Social Dances selected by the student. The styling will make you look and feel comfortable on the dance floor and strengthen your lead and following regardless of your partner, the music being played or the type of dance floor. Bronze dancers have all the confidence anyone would need on the floor because they have reached the “fun point” in dancing. Dancing techniques at this level will be yours to keep as you’ll never forget the elements of each dance.
Silver is the dance standard with a high degree of styling. More elaborate movements ensure the Silver dancer will stand out on any dance floor. Continuity of movements makes a couple glide across the dance floor with many natural directional changes. Styling, technique, balance and control take on an entirely new meaning. This is the beginning of a more professional style and look on the dance floor.
Our Gold standard is for the hobby dancer interested in performances, exhibitions or competitions. Its intricate patterns can only to be used when both partners are proficient. Choreography, styling, technique and showmanship are necessities in this standard. This material is generally not used on a crowded floor. Although there is a lot of work involved in this program, you will truly be regarded as an outstanding dancer.
Your First Step...
Getting started is easy. The first step is to schedule an introductory 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. To set up your introductory lesson now, fill out our contact form below.