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you had better LOVE to dance

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Current Employee - Dance Instructor  in  Denver, CO
Current Employee - Dance Instructor in Denver, CO

I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time for more than a year

Pros

If you love dancing, it's a good job. You receive ongoing training in sales, instruction, & dancing. Two trips a year to California for training (though you have to work a prior weekend to fund that). There is a lot of opportunity for advancement, as nearly everyone is hired from within. Provides a great opportunity to interact with people & make a difference in their lives. The workplace atmosphere is professional but fun; the people you work with are goofy artist types. There are 4 annual formal events, like Cinderella balls, where everyone gets dressed up & dances. The teachers prepare choreographed routines for these events to entertain the students. Twice a year for 6 weeks there are themed weeks where people are encouraged to costume for the weekly, in-studio parties. You have the opportunity to compete with students & professionally with other teachers & the studio is generous in letting you use the space to practice outside of work hours. I learned a lot about sales & interpersonal communication, & it's a lot of fun. Some of the best dance instruction in the world. It is an international franchise, so you could get a job at another studio in just about any location.

Cons

It takes a long time before you make any money & you will probably have no life outside the studio. Initial training takes around 2 months & is unpaid. After that you're paid $300 a week, 350 after 6 months. No benefits. You get 2 sick days after 6 months & 5 days vacation after a year, which can be difficult to schedule because there are a lot of mandatory events. You have the opportunity for commissions, but this depends upon how many lessons you're scheduled & how well you retain students. Hours are evenings, M-F, 1-10pm. Expect to work about a weekend every month or so, which is often unpaid. Not surprisingly, turnover is high, which can be stressful because teachers have a lot of responsibility for the student base & slack must be picked up. If you want to improve your dancing, you have to spend a lot of time outside the regular work hours. The people who succeed at this job eat, sleep, & breathe ballroom dance. It is a very physically & emotionally draining job. You're on your feet, talking to people, all day every day.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay your teachers better, provide benefits. Serious people are not going to stick around, which is why much of the staff is unaccountable or bitter. At least do more to make the employees feel more appreciated. Split up meetings & dance sessions based on experience. New people get overwhelmed learning things that are way over their heads & often don't have elementary skills they should be improving instead. Veterans lose interest quickly when talking about things that they don't think apply to them.

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Other Reviews for Arthur Murray Dance Studio

  1.  

    Great for young person looking for exciting employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time

    Pros

    Good solid training but low pay.

    Cons

    Hours. Lots of evening students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to identify talent and pay them as an investment.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has been wonderful, they provide excellent training and I learn something new everyday.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Studio

    Pros

    Everyone is happy. The staff is happy because we get to spend all day everyday doing what we love to do. The students are always happy because we give them something very special to them. It's a wonderful environment where growth and self-improvement are encouraged and the company's training is unparalleled. If you are serious about it as a career, you have limitless opportunities. You are always learning and growing and you can go as far as you want.

    Cons

    It is a wonderful career, but a crappy job. If it's something you seriously want to pursue as a lifelong career than it's perfect, but if it's something you just want for now, it's not so great. The first year or more in the business is tough, the pay isn't great and it can be very demanding. But if you put in the time and effort you will see the returns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each studio is owned by it's own franchisee and each franchisee is different, therefore the management will always be a little different. All the policies are similar, but each studios environment will be unique based on the people that work there.

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