Our 3-Part Approach
By teaching the world to dance, we’ve found that students learn best though our focus on three areas – taught in three kinds of classes. The system is so effective you’ll be able to learn the most popular dances in the shortest time.
We focus on:
We have three kinds of lessons:
- Practice Sessions
Private Dance Lessons
Private lessons are the cornerstone of the Arthur Murray Method.
During your sample lesson, you’ll experience the benefits of a private lesson.
At your sample lesson and all of your private lessons, your instructor will spend the time on dancing technique, dancing styles, and general dance improvement.
An up-to-date record of everything you’ve learned will be kept to make sure every private lesson takes up where the previous one left off, so you get the most out of your lessons.
The many benefits of private lessons
You enjoy the individual attention of the instructor, demonstrating steps and telling you when you’re doing some right or wrong. You’ll be able to focus on what you want to learn and learn at your own pace
Group classes are different, because group mistakes are corrected, not individual ones. Group classes also keep going, instead of stopping for individual instruction.
All students have a minimum of two instructors, so you’ll have two perspectives, as well as a backup if one is not available.
How they work
If you’re alone, you’ll be paired with an instructor of the opposite sex, unless you choose otherwise.
You’ll begin each lesson by going over what you’ve already learned and what you’re going to learn at the current lesson. We keep this part brief, because we want you to be out on the floor as quickly as possible.
You’ll enjoy a 40-minute lesson. It will be followed by a 5-minute progress report. The reports are written out and are meant to help you and your instructor know how you’re doing. You can review your progress reports at any time.
After about 7 lessons, you can expect your dancing to be pretty good.
We recommend about one lesson per week, but you’re free to do them whenever you want. In fact, you can do just one a year if you like.
You can book your lessons whenever it’s convenient for you by phone or by email. We’re open Monday-Saturday 1pm-9pm.
How our Private Lessons are different
- All Arthur Murray Studios must conform to the high standards set by Arthur Murray International.
- We utilize the unique Arthur Murray Method. We all teach from the same syllabus. So no matter what instructor you have or which studio you go to, you’ll learn the same way.
- All of our instructors must pass certifications. Other studios do not require certifications.
- As a student, once you learn a step, you’re tested and we certify that you’ve passed that level. Then you can progress to more complicated steps.
- If you want to take more than one lesson a week, you can have private lessons with different teachers at different times.
- You’ll usually be learning four or more dance styles at the same time. So you can switch styles whenever you feel like.
- We recommend private lessons for the most personalized approach and the most concentrated learning.
Group Classes augment your private lessons. They help you become a comfortable social dancer or a competitive dancer.
They’re a wonderful compliment to your private lessons. The purpose of Group Classes is not to teach new material but to help you apply what you’ve learned in your private lessons, so that dancing in a group becomes something you’re completely comfortable with.
The lessons emphasize a balanced approach, consisting of repetition with variation and experiencing the joy of dance.
The many benefits of Group Lessons
Group Classes give you the opportunity to dance with a variety of partners, develop good dance habits, emulate other dancers, and meet fellow students.
You can attend Group Classes as often as you like. There’s no charge!
You’ll apply what you learn during your private lessons, but you’ll dance with different instructors and different partners who are at various levels. So you’ll broaden your dancing experience.
How they work
At each lesson, you and the other students will review what you’ve learned, practice it, and be introduced to new material. You may be taught materials that your regular instructor hasn’t introduced you to yet.
Your teacher will collect the group and explain what you’ll learn. Ladies are on one side and men on the other, with the instructor in center. He or she will demonstrate steps, first for the men, and then for the women. Then you’ll be partnered. Ladies rotate until everyone has danced together. We want you to feel free to dance with any partner. You’ll always leave, knowing you’ve enjoyed an evening of dancing and making new friends.
After the introductory package, you’ll have complete access to Group Classes so you can drop in whenever you’d like.
We hold Group Classes 3 to 4 times a week. They each last 45 minutes.
Attendance is optional, but we do encourage you to participate.
You can come to any class as long as it’s within your level, so Group Classes are a great way to try different styles that you’re not enrolled in.
You’ll get to meet other students. Usually about 10-15 people attend.
You don’t have to call ahead. Just show up and have fun!
How our Group Classes are different
- They’re all based on the Arthur Murray Method, along with what you’ve learned in your private lessons.
- You’ll always be dancing with people who are at the same level as you, because classes are based on your level. The beginner level for Group Classes is our most popular one and is called Social Ease.
- At the entry level, you can usually focus on two dances per class. Some classes are more dedicated to basic technique or footwork.
- Since everyone in the class has progressed to the same level, we know you already have the foundation you need for the class. Now, you’ll take what you’ve learned to the next level.
- At the beginning of each lesson, the instructor will ask about everyone’s progress, just to make sure everyone can handle what will be covered. The approach is very different from the competition, where students often enroll in programs that consist only of group classes. Instructors must focus on group problems, so it’s easy to get lost. Arthur Murray gives you the benefit of private one-on-one lessons in perfect balance with the benefit of group classes.
- Group classes on Friday nights are usually a destination event night, because of the practice party that follows.
We schedule delightful Practice Parties for all of our students. They’re actually enjoyable practice sessions, which we hold weekly, generally on Friday evening. You’ll have a real party dancing with your instructors and other students in a relaxed and nurturing environment.
Our Practice Parties are far more pleasant than the atmosphere in most clubs. They’re for Arthur Murray Students only, so you’ll feel safe and comfortable spending Friday evenings here.
We play a variety of music that’s perfect for Ballroom dancing, Swing dance, Latin, and Country.
So you’ll have the perfect opportunity to practice what you’ve learned in a convivial atmosphere. And, just as surprises happen at weddings and parties you’ll be attending outside of the studio, we have them, too. You never know when we might throw in a Conga Line, a Line Dance, a Mixer, or a special exhibition!
The many benefits of Practice Parties
Practice Parties are more of a real-life experience, while Group Classes are more start and stop. Parties are socials. We turn down the lights and tell you to have a great time. So you actually learn how to go out and dance.
Once you’ve completed the intro program, you’ll have access to our Practice Parties so you can drop in whenever you’d like at no extra charge.
Students are welcome from all levels. So our Practice Parties are a great way for everyone to get to know each other. An invitation to dance is a wonderful icebreaker!
How they work
We turn down the lights and activate the disco ball. All the teachers are out on the dance floor. You’re encouraged to dance with as many partners as you can.
If it’s your first practice party, you’ll be accompanied by an instructor to make sure you feel comfortable and confident.
You’ll learn skills that will teach you what to do at real-life events, such as weddings and other parties.
You’ll be dancing the whole way through a song, while the staff floats around to be helpful.
For extra fun, we often do karaoke, toga, dance trivia, themed parties, potlucks, a casino roulette of dances, and other enjoyable activities.
Practice Parties generally happen twice a week and last 45 minutes or longer. About 25-30 people usually attend.
How our Practice Parties are different
- Most competitors just don’t have them.
- Ours are a social event. There’s no formal teaching involved, although our instructors are always there to help.
- We have more students to attend and our students are more regular.
- We have more instructors available to attend, and the frequency of our parties is much higher.
- You always have something to look forward to on Friday nights
Why Wait Any Longer? Join Us Today!
If you’re looking for expert dance instruction in Toronto, whether Private Lessons or Group Classes, you’ve discovered the best place in the world to enjoy them and achieve your dance goals.
We’ll have you dancing for joy in no time.
Try us out for only $10!
Come out and dance! We’ll make you feel completely at home in our friendly atmosphere. All skill levels are welcome. Come on your own, or with a partner. No obligation!
Then check out some of the other regular events and adventures you’ll be part of.