Arthur Murray Dance Centers

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Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Fun job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun job. Great company. They truly want the best for their students and instructors. They train daily on business and dance techniques. If you're successful, they will help you open your own studio.

    Cons

    Late hours. Difficult to have a life outside of the studio, especially with someone who does not dance. It is definitely a lifestyle and is easy to lose focus of your personal life.

    Advice to Management

    I think its important to be realistic with your expectations of employees and what they can and cannot offer.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Long hours. No overtime

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrillville, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrillville, IN

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers

    Pros

    Learning the dances are fun

    Cons

    Franchisee expects you to have the same passion about HIS business as him! Wake up! Our paychecks will never look the same!!!!

    Advice to Management

    This place is a joke. It's all about sales. I'm surprised anyone learns how to dance here. more than half of the 45 min lesson is reviewing and talking to gain your client's trust. Maybe 10 to 15 mins of actual new moves and that's it. Not to mention the outrageous prices they charge. Which goes straight to the franchisee. These places can rake in a lot of cash. Instructors are not compensated properly. Btw, I'm speaking of the merrillville Indiana franchise. The franchisee hired me, mind you that their ad for hiring said no experience needed, but I did have several years of previous dance experience. Sold me a dream, and after about 6 weeks let me go because he found another instructor who was already at the bronze level. But I thought you said no experience necessary??? After leaving a long time job making over 50000 a year, I was a little more than upset about it. They restrict what you can teach students, and all of the students learn what's right from a book (syllabus). It's really not worth the money as a student. Btw, when u spend all that money on the competitions, your competing in a closed circuit which means all judges are from other Arthur Murray franchises! dont get me wrong, there is some truly amazing dancers in the organization, but it takes at least 4-5 years to get to an intermediate level. If your very young(18-26) this may be a good career for you. But I'd say take the training and become a freelance instructor. You'll make way more money that way. That's if you just really want to teach without the high pressure sales tactics.


  3. Dancing changed my life and it allows me to make a difference in the lives of everyone else I come in contact with.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing training opportunities and an immense sense of community and family. A great organization that truly understands that people are not just a number. The lives that have been enriched through dancing makes the job so worthwhile. The opportunities for advancement are only limited by my imagination and determination.

    Cons

    The first year or two requires some sacrifice for most staff as they come in unskilled for the most part and take some time to build a steady clientele, but the sacrifice is worthwhile in the long run.


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  5. Love every min

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work hard and be rewarded for it. This isn't a normal corporate job were no one cares and no one knows you. Even people at other studios know who you are...

    Cons

    There is usually a lot of weekend work, so be prepared, and it's certainly not a clock in, clock job


  6. My experience with Arthur Murray Dance Centers was a great one. I got to meet and work with variety of people.

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    Current Employee - Arthur Murray Dance Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Arthur Murray Dance Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They teach you how to dance, good for networking

    Cons

    No room to grow, low base salary, no benefits, worked almost every holiday


  7. Helpful (1)

    Arthur Murray in Schaumburg, IL is not the place to become an instructor if you have no experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers

    Pros

    The Friday Night Parties, Special Events are rewarding & building relationships with students.

    Cons

    If your considering on becoming an instrutor part-time. Think again because you will not meet the expectations they have for u to become an instrutor. Becoming an instrutor with no experience maybe a better fit for a college student or someone who has a lot of extra time on their hands. Only because it maybe hard for u to find time to practice on your own, outside of Arthur Murray depending on the time you get out of work if you have a full-time job but you're looking for part-time job to do for fun. I got out of work at 5pm every day M-F, & so I only had weekends to look forward to for practice. You hardly practice when your at Arthur Murray, when u go in for training you'll learn a new dance instead of reviewing/practicing what u learned the day before. They train u for free to become an instructor & training is all over the place, its a bunch of mumbo jumbo. One minute you could be learning the foxtrot (for the very 1st time) & the next half hour your learning the Tango with a different instructor instead of picking up where u left off, which was learning the foxtrot. They rush u through training with the hopes of you learning all dances (both male & female roles) in a week! Which is very unrealistic! The owner of this location will beat your confidence down & belittle you if you're not meeting their expectations in a week. Which is very unrealistic if you don't have any ballroom experience! Everyone who works at Arthur Murray says that the owner (who is one of the managers) has a language barrier which is why the owner may come across harsh or very insensitive. To me it's everyone making excuses for the owner and it's a scapegoat to clean up the owners mess from his ignorent, narrow minded, and insensitive self. Which is probably why there is such a big turn over rate with dance instructors. You wouldn't know this about the owner because the owner is quite a charmer when it comes to the students that are paying for lessons! Note: It's a lot of hard work to become an instructor, the expectation's for an instructor vs. a student are very high! There are 10 dances to learn during training, however your 1st day in training you'll probably be shown like 6 dances, which is why the training is a bunch of mumble jumble. All the dances u need to learn for both male & female steps, have a total of 6 different steps. You must learn both roles (male & female) so that u can teach any student that walks in for lessons or work with any couple that comes in for lessons. You also have to be comfortable with choreography, just in case a student wants u to create a dance for their wedding or something special they have coming up. You have to be a good talker too & be able to convenience new students to buy lessons! If a new student or couple walks out, without buying lessons; you will be questioned & you better be able to explain yourself/have a good reason.


  8. Helpful (1)

    If you want to properly learn ballroom dancing this is NOT a good fit for you.....

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    Current Employee - Dance Instructor
    Current Employee - Dance Instructor

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Honestly, there's nothing positive to say about this business.

    Cons

    1) The majority of instructors do NOT have a dance background, so the training you'll be getting will be haphazard. 2) And for what you're getting it is incredibly expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with dance experience.


  9. Helpful (2)

    fun job, low pay, big time committment

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fun, free lessons. nice people, great exercise if you teach daily

    Cons

    low pay, training is much better from a competing dancer/couple than in studio. As an instructor you only think you are getting good. You are learning social not competitive dancing. focused on extreme psychological manipulation of students. they have no secrets not shared with whole staff daily.

    Advice to Management

    none. you won't change


  10. Helpful (1)

    Love & Hate. Two strong forces. Current employee.. 4 yrs.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dancing all day! Meeting exciting people. Sales training.

    Cons

    Crap pay but expected to be dressed in the nines everyday? U have a beard? Go shave? Management will tell you go put on more makeup. Working 45+ hours I've made roughly 34k this year. Once a month we have gala parties and a club night out. Where the students party with us until 12am. No extra pay. Its to "build bond with students". If u want a day off. Need a doctored note and they guilt you into coming in anyway, comparing u to other teachers. Raises are a joke here. U put in work, hire coaches to train you out of your own money (barely do the coaches work individually with teachers, when paid for by the franchisee.) Just to get a dollar raise. Hard work doesn't pay off in this job. Hard work shows u work hard so they give you more hard work without compensation. If you are a trained dancer? Expect little to no real training besides videos and handbooks. Coaches come in and MAYBE bless you with one new concept for you to obsess over. Its all money and sales and the franchisees will do whatever possible to become the best studio. Even at the cost of their employees. Work hours are 1-10pm. No option for part time. You MUST be fulltime. No room for part time. They want full devotion.

    Advice to Management

    More pay. More recognition. More humility. 1-10pm plus addition overtimes hours for events and weekends for events without additional pay. (If no students show up to the event to dance with u) u get like 50$ saying thank u for coming and working. No real incentive cause we barely see commission. I don't recommend this job.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Overworked & Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Dance Instructor in Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Dance Instructor in Glastonbury, CT

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1. Dance Training: Although quality is not always guaranteed, someone who has never danced before can get very valuable dance training in the basics using videos and a manual 2. Team setting and close relationships with coworkers. This is a pro as long as you have a great team and manager, otherwise it is a con because no matter how much or little you like them, you have to be around them and work directly with them in close quarters. 3. Exposure to training from professional coaches. The studio owners will pay for a dance coach to come and train staff in a group class setting anywhere from once a month to once every 6 months, depending on the Franchise. 4. If you like glamour and glitz, you can submerge yourself in it in the dance community. (though most of it is pretense for the teachers as they live off of barely enough money to survive, let alone be pampered)

    Cons

    *I must preface by stating that this review may only apply to CT Franchises, other states may be better. Please investigate the studio if you are considering working from them or spending your money there. 1. Pay. You might as well work as a fast food cashier at for the first two years because the average Instructor makes around the same amount of money. New instructors receive 9-10$ a lesson with a base salary that is typically 125-200$ a week ( it can vary by Franchise). It takes awhile to build clientèle, so you may be making less than minimum wage for several months until you build up. There are two options for a significant pay increase: convince your students to sign up for competitions which cost them thousands of dollars, or learn more and gain higher certifications which are given after passing a very long test and takes years to accomplish. There is also a ceiling, as you can only certify up to a certain level ( which would takes 10-20 years to accomplish) With each certification, your pay per lesson increases by 1$. The ideal is to teach 25 lessons a week, but this is very difficult and requires a good team setting or being a male instructor who has a lot of ladies that compete. It is possible for women but much harder as she would need to act as a man/lead. 2. Opportunities for Growth. The promotions offered depend on the studios size, in a small franchise, your chances are slim. Generally there are three positions: Instructor (entry level), Director/Counselor (manager) or Franchisee (owner) that's it. (You can become a travelling consultant you need to spend lots of money on coachings and win competitions to then move on and coach others) . If your team is small with only one manager, you could potentially never receive a promotion, unless your manager left. The various "opportunities" that are then offered come with added responsibility but no added pay or benefits such as the dance trainer position where an employee is in charge of training the new dance instructors but does not get any extra compensation. This ends up resulting in very low motivation and low quality training sessions as it becomes a burden to the trainer. This varies dramatically by Franchise, the bigger the team, the more opportunities. 3. Hours. Unavoidable 40+ work week with no paid overtime for your entire career unless you become a franchisee or a traveling consultant. The average studio hours are 1-10 pm Mon-Fri. You are typically permitted to begin part time to build your clientèle, but it is expected that you will become a full time worker and once you do, you can never go back to part time. This can be challenging if you have a family or need to work another job to gain a sustainable income. 10Pm is the end of the work day, but there is a mandatory meeting at the end of each day which can continue until 11pm or until management sees fit (one full hour past work time). There are also frequent competitions and student parties that occur outside of business hours, but all instructors are usually required to attend them. This pattern results in a typical 45 hour work week and there is no paid overtime as teachers are exempt. 4. High Turn Over Rates and Poor Morale. Most Franchisees are very arrogant and show no respect for your time as an individual. They act as if they do not have to answer to anyone- not even the CT Labor Board, and treat you like a disposable body. There are frequently mandatory meetings that are held outside of work hours as well as unpaid training weekends and conferences which you are strongly expected to attend. If you do not attend, or question them, you may risk being shunned by the community and labeled as not being a committed worker. This can severely affect your work because most dancers are looking for dance partners and if the owners label you this way, it discourages other instructors from wanting to partner with you, thus hurting your dance experience and credibility with your clientele. Most employees are secretly very unhappy but no one will talk about it in fear or being labeled or shunned. They are frequently late themselves and will start meetings and functions hours late, but expect you to be early to everything. 5. Quality of dance training. Arthur Murray is not well respected amongst the professionally trained as being good quality dancers. They are robotic and typically do not win in competitions outside of their own little pond. The best way to describe this is the blind leading the blind. As a new instructor or a student, you may be being trained by someone who came in off the street, read a dance book, and now is certified without looking very good or executing the moves well. Dance is obviously a very physical thing and to dance well, you need more than a manual with instructions on where to put your feet. However, this is how the majority of instructors are trained AND teach unless they pay for dance coachings from professionals on their own time and dime. Essentially, Arthur Murray is about teaching social dancing for fun and is sales oriented. If you want to become a serious dancer and expect high quality, you will be very frustrated and disappointed. Also, if you are a dancer with an extensive background, you will either be a valuable asset to the team and possibly the only member that knows anything about real dancing, or you might be viewed as a threat to the team and have to undergo "untraining" to get you to think like them ( I personally saw this happen to a very experienced dancer). You are trained on a need to know basis, the management makes sure you have just enough training to be able to teach but not an inch more. In the management training manuals it states clearly in bold letters that, "Arthur Murray is a business that runs a dance studio, and not a dance studio that runs a business". Sales is most important, dance quality comes second every time. 6. One track mentality. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you're a terrible dancer, or have no clue what you're talking about, as long as you keep your numbers up. This is only a con if you were not expecting a sales driven position, which is not the guise under which most passionate young instructors sign up. What they might not tell you, is you are being hired as a lower level sales associate. Your job will be to sell dance programs and competition entries. The motto in Arthur Murray training meetings is that they need to " train the students in how to think" IE, the customer is not right. If the customer does not want to buy more or attend the competition, the instructor has not done a good enough job of training his/her student on how to think and behave in the studio. It is always the instructors fault if their student did not enter Arthur Murray to later become competitive dancers; they were not "trained" correctly. 7. Arthur Murray is dangerously close to being a cult. Arthur Murray has an extreme and borderline paranoid focus on positive thinking and has held nationwide company training weekends on various theories in how to control your destiny and cure yourself of diseases via positive thinking. They want you to practice what they teach you as well as pass it on to your students. Some of this training seemed that it could be slightly offensive to religious groups that believe in a higher power as it was prescribing an entire way of life. Is it helpful information? Possibly. is it workplace appropriate? Certainly not.

    Advice to Management

    Stop burying your heads in the sand when issues arise in the company, it does not make you a positive thinker, rather kills morale and de-motivates the staff. Start holding management personally accountable for the jobs that they do. Stop micromanaging employees and start hiring people that you actually trust to do their jobs correctly and then step back and let them work. If management fails to do their job time and time again, replace them. Start training your staff the way you train your students, with personal one on one instruction. If students can't learn solely in group settings why would you expect your staff to? Be more flexible with staff, it may be a shock, but they have actual lives outside of Arthur Murray World, like families and friends that want to see them. Maybe allowing some people to have part time hours or different shifts or schedules is a way to keep your staff from burnout and in the end decrease your turn over rates, which are disgustingly high. If you want happy students, keep a happy staff. This is a new world where the customer IS actually always right. Instead of trying to "train" and control how the staff and students think, it's time to start thinking about how you can better serve your clients needs and your staffs needs. Forcing people to think a certain way is disturbing and creates resistance and frustration. Start asking for feedback from staff and students - put up a box to get anonymous replies. If you cannot handle "negative" feedback and respond to the problems and concerns in the studio, than perhaps you shouldn't be a business in a real world with real problems.



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