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Arthur Murray Dance Centers Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Pros
  • That is awesome for people that love dancing (in 3 reviews)

  • Even people at other studios know who you are (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, training is much better from a competing dancer/couple than in studio (in 6 reviews)

  • No room to grow, low base salary, no benefits, worked almost every holiday (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Inside Arthur Murray"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad for short term"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dance Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Dance Teacher in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In one year, you can learn as much as you would as a student in 6 to 10 years! You will learn the basics of how to be a good dancer, how to sell, and how to act confident even when you don't feel it. You will also be thoroughly trained on how to teach (which is what many great dancers often lack). This is an excellent opportunity for someone right out of high school who does not want to go to college. You will struggle for about 10 years on average, but if you stick with it, you can begin to make more money. This is also a great choice for someone who wants to take a break for a year from their ordinary routine to learn how to dance. With over a hundred years of experience teaching dance, Arthur Murray has created an outstanding curriculum that logically progresses even the most awkward students to make them comfortable social dancers. You will see lives healed through dancing when you're working at Arthur Murray and that is an awesome feeling.

    Cons

    Every studio is different depending on the management, but there do seem to be some common threads that are in most Arthur Murrays. The biggest problem is that Arthur Murray seems to be stuck in the "Einstellung Effect" over many areas, particularly management of employees. They are stuck in the management style of 100 years ago where they feel the need to micromanage their teachers. The pay is very low for the first several years, so they manipulate teachers by dangling unrealistic carrots and using social humiliation. For example, management will tell teachers that they will make more money than other professions that require a degree if they just jump through their hoops. In reality, it can take over 10 years for a teacher just to make enough to get off food stamps or move out from their parents house, and often times by that time they're having to look into other careers because of the damage of the physical demands of the job. They will also promise that you will be able to compete; however, not only is it difficult to find a partner, it's even more difficult to find the time, energy, and money to pull it off. In most studios, your dancing progress will plateau after a year or two (once you've learned enough to be able to teach any of your students). If you want to progress beyond that, you must do so in your own time and on your own dime. Also, you have to work so many weekends (that are often uncompensated) that even if you do try to compete your manager will often deny you the time off to go to the competitions. In the end, you're saving a lot of money and headache if you quit after a year and get a job that pays more. That way, you can use the extra money to buy the dance lessons that you cannot afford while you're working at Arthur Murray.

    Advice to Management

    Take the "Cadillac treatment" that you give to your students and give it your employees. Read the book <em> Drive</em> to help you understand what motivates people into becoming great employees. If you updated your management philosophy to something more modern and not stick to what worked 100 years ago when the company began, you'd be pleasantly surprised by how much the "prima-donna" attitude would disappear in your staff.


  3. "Studio Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Studio Manager in Lemoyne, PA
    Current Employee - Studio Manager in Lemoyne, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, able to teach dancing and help others. Lots of opportunities to grow in the business and compete. You get out of it what you put in it. Hard job, but rewarding.

    Cons

    Long hours, some weekends. 2nd shift. By far the most difficult job I have had, but also the most rewarding. All franchisees are different, mine was amazing and that made my experience incredible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep open communication with your staff, keep them involved, make sure they feel like part of the team and let them contribute ideas.


  4. "10 Years of Service"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Management in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time

    Pros

    Always room for growth both personally and professionally. Great way to help people while learning about the world through others life experiences. Great balance of creative expressiveness and professional career mindidness. Not just a number. Worked here close to 10 years.

    Cons

    Hours can be hard but if you have decent disapline you can have a successful social life and professional life.

    Advice to Management

    Its all about people and the relationships you build. Staff and students alike


  5. Helpful (1)

    "High School Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY

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

    Pros

    The students made the day go by really quickly. They were always so pleasant, and I really enjoyed being able to speak with them daily.

    Cons

    The pay scale is non existent. There is no room for growth as an admin, there were no annual revues, which meant no pay increases. Its a great job for a someone fresh out of high school.


  6. "executive"

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    Former Employee - Franchisee/Manager in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Franchisee/Manager in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Knowledge and training experience to train staff and students to develop dancers. Happy environment and challenging work and interests

    Cons

    not many loved working with people either staff or students but was frustrating at times when they wouldn't stay with the programs to attain their goals. Working with people is never perfect there are ups and downs but hopefully the ups out do the downs.

    Advice to Management

    Put your all into what you love and thats the last day you will ever work. Love what you do and who u are.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Depressing environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, benefits, no need to take work home.

    Cons

    No growth, micromanagement, understaffed, outdated.


  8. "Arthur Murray"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Augustine, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Augustine, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment with lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    Hours are twelve to nine thirty or ten pm so it is nit your normal nine to five job.

    Advice to Management

    Management Systems must be in place to succeed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dance Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Professional Ballroom Dance Instructor in Arden, NC
    Former Employee - Professional Ballroom Dance Instructor in Arden, NC

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great and helpful Staff! I learned a lot of interpersonal skills and instruction on teaching dance.

    Cons

    I did not like the selling aspect of the job. Everything else was fun and delightful.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Save some time- Dont waste time here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Arthur Murray Dance Instructor in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Arthur Murray Dance Instructor in Hayward, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    #1 You learn to dance
    #2 ......thats it.

    Cons

    #1 They put ads out for a RECEPTIONIST position- this is fake. They will not hire you for that position, they only hire for new dance instructors (no experience necessary) and saw few people in my training period be moved to a receptionist position if they did not excel in the intensive 6 week training program
    #2 fake people
    #3 horrible hourly rate until you finish the 6 week training and then its pure commission
    #4 The owners of the franchise dont care about your health, your mentality, your safety...they just want you to make them money and then give you barely enough to survive
    #5 They protect their own even at the cost of having no morals and ethics.

    Advice to Management

    Close it down


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