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Arthur Murray Method

How Students are taught

  • We start with a 30-minute complimentary introductory private lesson.
  • We call the first program an “Introductory” or “Planning” program. On it, students are introduced to the Basic of several popular dances. This way, the student can see which one’s they like, how they learn, and how they would like to proceed.
  • While teaching a Planning Program, the instructor will plan a personalized danced program to fulfill your specific needs and desires.
  • The majority of students who come to an Arthur Murray Dance Studio, and who complete a Planning Program,  are interested in becoming good social dancers. Our Medalist Programs allow them to achieve that goal.
  • The Medalist Programs are Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Bar
  • The degree of dancing you will ultimately achieve varies depending on your desires, goals, commitment and interest. (In much the same way that belt levels do at a martial arts school)
  • Arthur Murray Dance Studios can train you in the latest techniques, steps and styles. In Fact, our organization boasts some of the top competitive couples in the world today.

Private Lessons-Individual Improvement

  • Our instructors are carefully selected and thoroughly trained in the exclusive Arthur Murray Teaching Method- this assures you the finest instruction in dancing.
  • You will have a regular dance teacher who is responsible for your progress. Periodically, you will have exchange lessons with other teachers which gives you experience and practice in adapting to a variety of dance partners and styles.
  • You will have a Buddy Teacher who shares the role of getting you to your goals.

Private Lessons-Individual Improvement

  • During a private lesson, students receive personalized instruction toward achieving their chosen goals.
  • Your instructor will spend the time necessary, on technique, styling and general dance improvement.
  • An up-to-date record of everything you have learned is always kept.

Group Classes- Repetition and Muscle Memory

  • Group Classes give you the opportunity to dance with a variety of partners, develop good habits and meet other students in the studio.
  • The studio provides a schedule of when the Group Classes are held. Different level Group Classes are offered every night we are open.
  • Students do not need an appointment or reservation to attend Group Classes. Scheduling- show up as your schedule permits!
  • Group Classes emphasize patterns, adjusting to partner, individual balance, technique, and style.
  • Group Classes may introduce material that has not yet been covered by your instructor. This material can then be taken to a private lesson to be reviewed and polished.

Practice Parties – Social, Fun and Educational!

  • We hold three weekly scheduled Parties (Practice Sessions) for our student body.
  • Have fun dancing with the instructors and students in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
  • Practice Parties are the opportunity to practice and try out all the new dance skills you have learned on your Private and Group Classes.

Medal Ball Graduation

  • An Arthur Murray Medal Ball is a gala dance event honoring students who are graduating from one level of their dance program to the next.
  • Medals Balls are also social opportunities to enjoy dancing in an elegant and fun setting with people who share the same passion for dancing.


  • A Showcase is a one-day event during which students present choreography, social dancing combinations or team presentations.
  • Personalized choreography makes an exciting addition to a students Medalist Program because it allows the development of showmanship and musical or theatrical expression alongside social dance skills.


  • A Dance-o-Rama is an exciting two or three day event that brings students together from many Arthur Murray studios to compete within their level or showcase their learning.
  • Many times Dance-o-Ramas are held at a destination location making the students participation a lot like a Dance Vacation.
  • Dance-o-Ramas require specialized dance training to polish and perfect chorography, technique and style.


  • My husband and I used the Van Nuys [Blvd] location to learn a first dance for our wedding. They're amazing dancers, teachers and people in general. They even helped us edit the music. We have expanded our package and are excited to continue forward with our dance lessons with Rebecca who looks like she could be Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter. She's amazing to work with very helpful and patient. It's worth every penny.
    Alesia B.
  • We love love love our dance instructor Natalya!!!  She is an incredible teacher and dancer! She is patient with us as we learn as well as encouraging us to constantly strive to do better.  We've also had the chance to work with other instructors and all of them bring something unique to our lessons that enhances our experience.  Now that we have been taking lessons for awhile, they begin to tag team instructors, which allows you to have other perspectives and styles...We've taken up a new hobby, met new friends, getting in better shape and are having a blast!! We highly recommend Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks!!!!  If we could give them more stars we would!
    Mandy R.
  • "From the moment I walked into the Arthur Murray dance studio I felt like I was in good hands. Coming from  a dance background,  I was looking for a technique specialized studio in international latin ballroom. I  am from Austria therefore social dancing is basically mandatory as a teenager.I went to the world famous dancing schools Elmayer and Rueff where I graduated from all medal programs including diamond. Another highlight was the ballroom season every year in which I opened a lot of different balls as a debutante in a while dress. I haven't really been ballroom dancing since  I moved to the US five years ago. I was scared that the studios here would disappoint me but it was completely the opposite I was excited how comfortable but still challenged I felt from the moment I started at Arthur Murray. Martin my fabulous dance instructor was able to get me to remember why ballroom dancing once was my greatest passion. He has an amazing  sense and fine feeling of what each student wants to achieve. The studio has a very personal atmosphere, like a little family. The teachers are truly there for the clients and considerate of their wishes and goals. Furthermore, there are a lot of different payment plans so it is affordable to everyone. Your instructor and the always welcoming supervisor Tom will create a program tailored exactly to your needs. All I have to say is:'Why are you still reading, come on and dance.' "
    Eva D.
  • My husband frequently travels for work and we didn't have any time to prepare for our first dance. I tried calling other dance studios in the area and Arthur Murray was the ONLY studio that actually answered the phone.I explained my situation and let them know we had only a week and a half to prepare. The receptionist told me about a special they were running on Amazon [no longer available on Amazon-visit Groupon instead] for two private lessons and two group classes.Although we didn't have time to attend the group classes, we made use of our two private lessons. It was worth every penny! Luckily, my (then) fiancé and I both love to dance and our instructor was able to choreograph a beautiful (and simple) first danceWe just got married on Saturday and our lessons paid off. We're incredibly grateful to our instructors at Arthur Murray for making us look like rock stars on the dance floor!
    Siera N.
  • I came in for a free dance lesson with my boyfriend, and honestly wasn't expecting it to be so much fun. By the end of it, both of us were seriously considering signing up for regular lessons.Dani was our instructor, and she was everything I could have asked for as a newbie to this world. She walked us through a few different dances -- cha cha, waltz, etc. -- just to give us some basics and a flavor of what more in-depth lessons would be like. The atmosphere is welcoming and fun. Plus the schedule is so open and flexible. 
    Angelica C.
  • Our wedding planner directed us to Arthur Murray, and we called and set up an appointment. I talked to Tom on the phone and he was very nice and helpful. He was equally so in person when we went in later that week.Our first half-hour lesson was free...Sure enough we bought a package... Everyone we dealt with was friendly and professional, and the dance lessons were crucial to our wedding...
    Steph C.
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