I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than a year)
You learn so much about dance, teaching, and sales while working there.
You have access to a ton of great resources for learning.
There is a sense of dignity and professionalism in the job.
There are great events that you get to partake in throughout the year.
You have the opportunity to help people and watch them grow.
You can sleep in since business doesn't start until later in the day.
You start at minimum wage on guarantee, and it takes a long time for many to build up a student base. When you do have more students, you can choose to get off guarantee, but then you're relying on completely on commission. It can work out very well for you eventually, but it's difficult in the beginning.
2nd shift hours.
You must be motivated to study dances and sales independently for a large part of the day.
This job is mental, emotionally, and physically intense. It is not an easy or relaxed job but can be very rewarding if handled properly. Just realize that it is not all parties and dancing.
Depending on what your morals and beliefs are, you may want to think hard before entering into an Arthur Murray career. If you are uncomfortable with physical touch, showing skin, or moving/acting in a sensual way publically, this may not be for you. In my experience, this was not a problem until further down the road. No, you don't have to be "sexy" with your students or anything, but the culture among dance professionals does eventually encourage and expect a level of comfort with sensual movement and acting. It can be difficult to combat this kind of social pressure, so go about it wisely.
Advice to Management
Stay directly involved in the mental upbringing of your teachers, or designate one specific person as the authority on dance for your studio and invest time into their training.
Make sure if there is more than one head of the studio, all authority figures consult each other so they are on the same page. If possible, designate SPECIFIC responsibilities to each manager/boss so teachers know who they can go to with which problems. Too many voices above the staff can cause a lot of confusion and result in distrust.
Don't be afraid of change! There are foundational principles that may need to stay in place to keep the reputation of Arthur Murray's alive, but don't allow that to make you irrelevant in today's marketplace. Today's audience is going to be different than yesterday's, and you can't be afraid to adjust to that. Even Arthur Murray changed his tactics when he realized mail-order paper footprints weren't enough to teach people to dance.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Arthur Murray Dance Centers (Phoenix, AZ).
Bait and switch. Was told I was interviewing to be a instructor, they told me the only position available was a secretary. They did not care I had 15 plus years of dance experience, but only wanted to hear how well i could sell. Gross company.
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