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Arthur Murray Dance Centers Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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Pros
  • That is awesome for people that love dancing (in 3 reviews)

  • You will also be thoroughly trained on how to teach (which is what many great dancers often lack) (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, training is much better from a competing dancer/couple than in studio (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers part-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Low pay for the job

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ballroom Dance Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Northville, MI
    Current Employee - Instructor in Northville, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is the best job I've ever had throughout my entire life! You will experience an upbeat cheerful workplace, with unbelievably talented and wonderful people who all share the same love of dance or growing interest to dance. We are our students biggest inspiration and help students unlock their fullest potential through the benefits of dancing. The workday passes right by from the time that I walk in the door until I'm leaving an hour after my shift because I wanted to stay and keep working on my own dance ability. By far the best phase of my life.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in this industry, you have to work hard to get the big bucks and make a life out of dancing. This job has a huge turn over rate after about 2-3 years. Most people aren't cut out for the stamina and dedication it takes to really make it dancing in ballroom, but the pay can be highly rewarding if you dedicate. Hope you like a fast paced, learn as you go type of job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Best staff and sales team ever!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sanfrancisco and surrounding areas"

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    Former Employee - Dance Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Dance Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn ballroom job posting online is misleading

    Cons

    Employees fear management and don't allow breaks. Schedules are unorganized and you are expected to travel last min without compensation. Wages are late and incorrect. Studios are ran by Unprofessional money hungry manipulative liars who say they are going to pay you one thing but give you another. Why are lessons 15 thousand a year but employees get under paid?? The instructors don't even have to be dancers.

    Advice to Management

    If you treat your employee's like they have no value then they will not value their employment. Be courteous enough to fire someone in person not through a shallow email.


  4. "Dance Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Dance Instructor
    Former Employee - Dance Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High energy, never boring, students are (usually) great. The company on a wide scale is very respectable, at Area conferences I would make many friends who were from all over the world.

    Cons

    Management does not care about employees whatsoever. Minimum wage, very very hard to earn a living wage. As a full-time employee, you get paid for exactly 40 hours a week, if a party runs late or you come in on the weekends (which was sometimes mandatory), don't expect to get paid. The worst part is that you can control your intake of students only after you get assigned the first lessons. The management at my studio gave these out so unevenly amongst staff, that it was clear that there were favorites, yet it had nothing to do with their sales. I was harassed about my weight by staff and coworkers, and mind you I only weighed 140 pounds. Even the management was unafraid to admit that they gave other girls more lessons because "sex sells". What a disgusting studio environment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff how you would treat your students. We get trained on the "Cadillac Method", and yet we get treated like garbage. Be open to ideas. Take the idea that "every staff member is replaceable" and wonder why each staff member is irreplaceable. Weigh student feedback on teacher's performance.


  5. "Inside Arthur Murray"

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    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.


  6. "instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time

    Pros

    great incentives, meeting new people, learning new dances, coachings

    Cons

    long hours, low pay, no benefits

    Advice to Management

    take care of your instructors and offer them more and they will keep you running


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not bad for short term"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Studio Manager"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "10 Years of Service"

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    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


  10. 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.


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