Two Convenient Wine Country Locations:
in The Railroad Square - 415 Davis Street Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (707) 800-4437
929 Vallejo St, Napa, CA 94559 (707) 819-3024
Q: How long is the first lesson?
A: The Free Introductory Lesson is 30 minutes of dance instruction and then we take about 15 minutes at the end to go over the different dance programs that would best suit your goals and interests. During the introductory lesson you will learn a few basic steps in the dances of your choosing. If you don’t know which dances you would like to learn we will show you some of the most popular social dances and you can let us know which you like best. After your first lesson your teacher will recommend a program for you and we will go over enrollment options together, finding just the right fit for your dance needs.
Q: Can I take lessons by myself?
A: Yes! At Arthur Murray both couple and singles are welcome. We will pair single female students with male instructors and single male students pair up with female instructors (unless otherwise requested). Your instructor will be your primary dance partner on your private lessons. During groups we will also pair singles up with teachers or other students so there will be many people to practice with whenever you are here.
Do I need dance shoes?
A – Absolutely Not! In fact, most students who start lessons don’t have them. As long as your shoes are comfortable & don’t stick to the floor, they’ll be fine. However, if you’d like to get a pair of dance shoes, we can help you do that! Dance shoes made for ballroom have suede soles for the right amount of grip & slip on the dance floor. Many salsa dancers choose to wear them in the club because they are flexible & better for dancing. If you’d like to get some dance shoes, let us know & we’ll point you in the right direction!
What if I feel I’m not ready for a group class?
A – It is actually quite common to feel that you may not be ready for the group class. What our students have found is that group class helps them to learn faster because it is an opportunity to practice what you have been learning while also picking up some new steps. Our group classes are divided by level & designed to make even the newest of newcomers feel at ease.
Do I need to change partners during group class?
A – Not at all! If you and your partner are more comfortable dancing with each other, then let the teacher know that you will be sticking together.
Why are the practice parties important?
A – This is where you will get “real world” experience with your dancing. Our practice parties are designed to allow students to apply what they have been learning in a safe, fun environment with other students & instructors. Our trained professionals will be there to help you work out your moves. This ensures that when you use your dancing outside of Arthur Murray, everything goes smoothly.
Why is it better to keep my lessons close together?
A – Although we teach at your pace, there are certainly benefits to keeping your lessons close together. You will not only learn faster because the dancing will be fresh in your mind, but you’ll also be able to spend more time learning new material. If you’re not able to make it in more than once a week, no problem! The Arthur Murray system is designed to teach everyone as fast as they go, so you are guaranteed to make progress.
Why should I learn more than one dance?
A – Wherever you go out dancing they are going to play more than one type of dance. The salsa club, for instance, will play everything from salsa to bachata, merengue and cha cha. All dances have the same concepts involved so there are great benefits to learning more than one dance at a time. The Arthur Murray Interrelated System makes this easy by teaching you how to use one step in multiple dances.
What exactly will I learn in these next few lessons?
A – Your specialist will focus on meeting your immediate dance needs, whether it’s getting ready for a special occasion or learning a certain dance. Your instructor will get you moving and give you personalized instruction on various aspects of dancing like patterns, timing, styling and lead or follow. Group classes are an important part of your learning. They give you the opportunity to dance with a variety of partners at your own level while developing good habits and meeting people. The practice parties are where the real fun begins, We create a relaxed and comfortable environment where you can get some real world experience applying your dancing with students and teachers. As you work together, you & your instructor will determine what your future dance needs may be so that they can create a customized program just for you.
What if I need to cancel my lesson?
A – No problem! We have an 12 hour cancellation policy so that the teachers are able to give that valuable time to another student. Should you have to cancel with short notice we are flexible, allowing you to reschedule within the week at no charge. Just give us a call as soon as you know you need to reschedule your dance lesson & we’ll take care of the rest.
Still Have Dance Questions?
Feel free to contact a dance specialist at any one of our four locations that is convenient for you!