People have been dancing for as long as there have been people. Babies will move to a beat before they are even able to walk. It’s a natural and enjoyable part of our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes we lose touch with our natural gift for dance and we need to find a way to reconnect with that instinct. That’s where Arthur Murray can help.
One thing that keeps people away from rediscovering dance is that they don’t know anything about it. You may not feel as though you even know where to start. So here are a few things to think about before your first lesson, so that you can walk in the door feeling a bit more knowledgeable and prepared.

Your physical condition:

Dancing is great for everyone. From high energy Swing and intense Salsa, to elegant Waltz and Fun, casual Merengue, there is a tempo and energy level for everyone. But do have an idea in mind what level of physical challenge is right for you. If you want something that rivals your aerobics class but with twice the fun, ask for Swing, Salsa, Cha Cha, maybe even Jive. If you prefer to keep it low impact but still get flexible and have fun, look into a Rumba or Tango. If you want to enjoy the learning challenge but not break too much of a sweat, go for more of a Waltz or West Coast. Whatever you choose, we’ll have staff members who are experienced and ready to help.

Your Artistic Taste

The best way to know which dances you will like is to think of the music you like. If you are a Country fan then Two-Step, Waltz, and Swing (East or West) are likely to please you. If you dig Jazz then you’re going to love Swing and Foxtrot. A classical aficionado? You’ll love Waltz and maybe even Viennese Waltz. And there are many options for Latin fans – Samba, Bachata, Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Cha Cha, and of course – the Salsa. For Pop fans there’s the ever popular Club Swing (aka Four-count Hustle); you’ll love it. Don’t over think it, but do have an idea what your tastes are so that we can plan a program just for you.


This is usually the biggest single factor. For some it’s obvious – maybe you’re preparing for a wedding or cruise, or maybe you want to impress a certain special someone. For others it’s not quite that concrete – maybe you just decided to make a change for the better. Whatever your goals, we can help. Arthur Murray has been making dance dreams come true for a century now. We know how to do it. But it is easier if you take a moment and consider your goals, and what it is you really want to achieve. What dance dream can we help to come true for you?

Whatever your condition, taste, and goals, the single hardest step in dancing is the step through the front door. If you’re ready to take that step, click the CONTACT US link, and we’ll sign you up for your exciting complimentary first lesson. If you’re not quite ready yet, just subscribe to this Blog and let us continue to entertain you with fun facts about the wonderful world of dance. We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!