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Arthur Murray Process

How Students Are Taught

  • You will start with a 30-minute sample Personal Lesson.
  • Your first Starter Program will be an introductory course. Here you will learn the basics to several different popular dances to see which ones you like and can learn the quickest and easiest.
  • Your Instructor will explain the Medal Standards — Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Bar — that are taught and will plan a personalized dance program to fulfill your specific needs and desires.
  • The majority of students who come to an Arthur Murray Dance School are interested in becoming good social dancers and our Medalist programs will help you achieve that goal.
  • The degree of dancing you will achieve varies depending on your desire, goals, commitment and interest.
  • Arthur Murray Dance Schools can train you in the latest techniques, steps, and styles. Indeed, we boast some of the top competitive couples in the world today.


  • Our Certified Instructors are carefully selected and thoroughly trained in the exclusive Arthur Murray teaching method to assure you the finest instruction in dancing.
  • In addition to your regular dance instructor, you will have exchange lessons with other Instructors periodically, allowing you to adapt to a variety of dance partners and styles
  • Throughout your dance journey, you will also receive cross-training and progress checks as well as specialized coaching from the entire team at your studio! This ensures you are a well-rounded dancer, giving you the benefit of multiple perspectives and diverse experience.

Personal Lessons

  • During your one-on-one Personal Lesson, you will receive personalized instruction that will help you achieve your goals in dancing.
  • Your Instructor will spend the time necessary to develop your technique, styling, and overall dance ability
  • An up-to-date record of everything you have learned will also kept as part of your instruction.
  • Personal Lessons are scheduled in advance, by appointment.

Group Classes

  • In our Group Classes, which average 4-6 students, we emphasize technique, style and variation of patterns.  You will learn new combinations or refresh familiar steps, while gaining exposure to enhanced dance elements.
  • Your Instructor will provide a calendar of the Group Classes and will recommend the best selection of classes to attend for your learning level.  Group Classes do not need to be reserved in advance to give you flexibility in scheduling.  (Regular Personal Lesson schedules must be maintained to allow class attendance.)  The most successful students consistently attend as many classes as possible; you may come as your schedule permits.
  • Additionally, Group Classes give you the opportunity to meet and dance with a variety of partners, while developing good dance habits in a fun environment

Practice Sessions / Parties

  • Social Practice Sessions / Mixers / Mingles / In-Studio Dance Parties turn “fear factor” into “FUN factor”!
  • These social events are great exercise, provide an easy way to review what you’ve been learning in your Personal Lessons and Group Classes, and give you a chance to mingle with other students.
  • All of our events provide a time for you and fellow students to try out new dance skills, with the added benefit of your Instructors being available to help you, answer questions, and make adjustments as needed.
  • In addition, think of these events like “dress rehearsals” for all your special occasions. Many of our wedding couples try out their first dance to get used to dancing in front of other people.

No matter what the case, in our relaxed and comfortable party atmosphere, you’ll have fun dancing with everyone.  Life really IS a party at Arthur Murray!

Night Out Parties & Spotlight Nights

  • Night-Out Parties offer all the benefits of in-studio practice sessions and are held at fun venues such as vineyards and karaoke bars. These can be specific to one studio, but occasionally include a couple studios, and are a nice way to meet fellow students in a comfortable and relaxed dance environment.
  • Spotlight Nights are a time to demonstrate what you’ve been discovering and practicing in all your sessions.  These no-pressure dance evenings are usually held twice a year and are hosted in a lively, familiar social setting: your home Studio! Spotlight Nights are designed to help build confidence in your dancing, progress your social dancing skills, and continue preparing you for other events.

Medal Ball

  • Our bi-annual Student Medal Ball Gala & Dance Graduation honors students who “graduate” from one level of their Medalist Standards dance program to the next.
  • Medal Balls join together several Arthur Murray Dance Schools to enjoy an elegant afternoon of dancing and celebrating
  • Students and guests alike revel not only in the students’ graduation, but also highlight the year’s accomplishments with a fancy brunch and professional show.


  • Showcase takes us out of our home Studios and expands the Spotlight Night excitement to include participants from other Studios. These next-level events prepare you for larger audiences, advance your performance skills, and show you the fun side of Arthur Murray competitions. Some social dancing, an awards show, an evening professional show and a warm, supportive audience complete the event. Held twice a year in ever-changing locations in the area, Showcase has something for everyone.
  • Showcase is part recital and part competition rehearsal. As a recital opportunity, it’s the perfect time to demonstrate your dance progress; as a competition rehearsal, it’s great to have your supportive Studio “fans” cheering for you before taking your dancing “on the road.”
  • Routines are an optional addition to Showcase and provide a wonderful chance to present individualized choreography. Routines make an exciting addition to your Medalist Program because they allow you to develop showmanship and musical expression along with your social and performance dance skills.


  • A Dance-O-Rama (DOR or DanceSport Competition) is an exhilarating multi-day event that brings students together from many Arthur Murray Dance Schools to compete, at their level, in dance styles of their choosing.
  • You have the chance to display polished techniques, artistry, and choreography learned in training; professional competitors show us their specialized mastery; and your dance family gathers for one of the high points of the Arthur Murray lifestyle. Many dancers take advantage of the DOR experience to gain “backstage” access to performing “on stage,” to explore the many benefits of preparing for competitions, or to travel to exceptional vacation destinations.
  • Held in a variety of locations across the globe, and lasting anywhere from four days to a week, the perfect DOR is out there just waiting for you to attend!


  • "I have danced in Arthur Murray studios in several states. While they are all welcoming and remember my name when I walk through their doors, nowhere else do I feel such a special connection as a student with all the staff as I do at the Bellevue studio. I would highly recommend this studio to anyone wanting to learn to dance no matter as a single dancer, male or female, or as a couple. You might think (as I did) you cannot do it, but I am proof that you can."
    Mitchell T.
  • "Our instructor was super nice, patient, and explained the steps really well. I was surprised how fast the half hour went and how much fun we had! I am excited to have a weekly date night on the books with my husband and learn a new skill together!"
    Erika K.
  • "My husband and I bought the beginner's package to learn to dance for our wedding. It turned out perfectly and everyone was so impressed with our dance. We loved it so much that we are continuing on to do some competitions."
    Megan E.
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