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Below, you’ll find many frequently asked questions about our studio and dancing. Feel free to click on a link to take you to a specific question and answer.

How do I get started?

Getting started is easy. The first step is to schedule an introductory lesson with one of our trained instructors. During that lesson, your instructor will determine your current level and recommend an appropriate course for you to continue. To set up your introductory lesson now, call us at (626) 793 1030.

Can I really learn to dance?

Yes. Dancing is as easy as walking once you are taught how by an Arthur Murray expert. We teach simple, basic elements, from which the steps are derived. Hundreds of thousands of people have been successfully trained in Arthur Murray Dance Studios. There is no age limit. Our oldest students are over 70. The youngest are usually in their early teens.

How long will it take?

The length of your course will depend on how many dances you want to learn and how proficient you wish to become in each dance. However, you will be able to dance after your first lesson.

How much do lessons cost?

Tuition varies, depending on a number of factors e.g., how good you want to be, what dances you want to learn, and your dance schedule. After your first lesson, your instructor will recommend a program and will be able to answer any questions, so you will have the knowledge to make an informed choice.

Does the fee have to be paid in advance?

Tuition is generally paid in advance, especially for Foundation Programs. However, financing and other arrangements are also available. Since these are determined on a case by case basis, please ask in person, and we will be glad to give you all the details.

Will I learn the latest steps?

You can learn the very latest steps in any social dance – Salsa, Swing, Hustle, Samba, Merengue, Fox Trot, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Waltz, Tango, and others.

After I learn to dance, will I have to return to learn the latest steps?

After getting a good foundation, you will be able to analyze the new steps and pick them up yourself without difficulty. However, many students return or continue because they enjoy their lessons and the dancing friends they’ve acquired.

When can I take lessons?

You can take your lessons any time you wish. Our studio is open Mon-Fri from 1pm-10pm, and Saturday by appointment only.

Will I have a good teacher?

Yes. All Arthur Murray teachers must complete an arduous training regimen, making them very competent. Your teachers will be selected to best suit your particular needs and style of learning.

What should I wear?

At our studio, we want your lessons to be relaxing and fun. There is no enforced dress code of any sort for our students from the ankles up. We do recommend some shoes appropriate for dancing, however. For gentlemen, wear a leather soled dress shoe. For ladies, a small-heeled pump that is secure on the foot will be fine.

Try to avoid dancing in tennis shoes or other heavily-treaded shoes, as they will stick to the floor and make instruction difficult. Also try to avoid flip-flops or other shoes that will slip off of your foot if you walk backwards.

For our practice party sessions, staff and students often dress up in costume.

What benefits will I get from dancing?

Dancing is our first line of social activity. Good dancing is a lifetime investment in fun, poise, confidence, improved personality, and new friends. Beyond these, dancing is a superb physical conditioner – providing fun without working at it. It opens up a wonderful new world of togetherness and a thriving year-round social calendar!

Do I need a partner?

At the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Pasadena, we teach both single students and couples. Single students will be paired with their instructor for private lessons, and they will be able to dance with students and staff at our group classes and practice parties.

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