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Arthur Murray Dance Studio

116 W Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60610
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This business is categorized as a Dance Company business. Arthur Murray Dance Studio is located in the neighborhood of Near North Side in Chicago. Services provided by this facility consist of Group Services, Parties, Private Lessons, Weddings. For the convenience of their customers, languages spoken include ENGLISH . They can be contacted by calling (877) 724-4213 or going to their website . They accept American Express, Discover, Visa. for payment. They have a total of 2 reviews, 1 positive review and 1 negative review.
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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Change your life for the better!
There aren't many places you can go and be 100% sure you will be welcomed, have a blast and feel great when you leave, but Arthur Murray is one of them. I went on a whim with a friend and never left! I have been going for lessons, group classes, and practice parties for 18 months and to say the place has changed my life would be an understatement. I've made great friends, learned a ton of different dances and found a new hobby that will last a lifetime.
The instructors are friendly, patient and fun. Everyone is truly welcome. The instructors know what they're doing and they are great at adjusting their teaching style for the student and what the student wants. You can ask them to teach you anything from salsa to waltz to swing and even country dancing. You can tell them you are preparing for a special event like a wedding and they will help you choreograph something and learn it, and they'll even help you find the right music. Or you can just go in for lessons and learn general dancing.
The dancing is great but the best part is the staff and the people you meet - they have incredibly high standards, they really know how to dance, they are terrific teachers and they are thrilled to be doing something they love and sharing it with people. It is a great environment where the teachers teach and the students get great dance instruction and meeet great people.
There's a reason Arthur Murray has been and remains #1 for decades - their method is far and away the best way to learn to dance (and change your life for the better)! You might walk in having never danced before in your life but I swear, if I can learn, anyone can.
If you are looking for something fun that will last you the rest of your life, provide a great way to meet people, learn something new and get some exercise from highly professional staff, this is the place for you.

Pros: Terrific professional instructors, wonderful welcoming staff, a place where anyone and everyone is truly welcome.
Cons: parking is a little challenging
Recommended: Yes


Tuesday, May 1, 2007
PAY ME, and MAYBE I'll show you some moves
Here's advise from someone who actually took classes there, DON'T!!! Once you think you get comfortable and get to know your instructor, they'll turn around and go after your wallet. What's worse, they will pressure you to sign a contract and pay for over 60 lessons and DISLIKE YOU if you ever want out. Seriously. I went there for 5 months and everyday I had a lesson the "contract" issue came up. Not only that, but my instructor taught me the same 3 dances 10 lessons straight (same moves over n over) and got offended when I said I wanted to do something new. What did she do? She SCREWED ME when it was time to showoff our 45 second "routine" by NOT REHEARSING BEFOREHAND and CHANGING THE ROUTINE midway of the number, making me look like the WORST DANCER IN THE WORLD in front of the ENTIRE Arthur Murray crowd (Staff and all) and BLAMED ME for messing up. My friend whom I met there was in a situation where his instructor made him feel if he paid more MAYBE she'd go out with him. The owner who ownes all 3 Chicagoland locations "brainwashes" the instructors to be 1 track minded: get money, teach SOME "moves", get em out. For a pro, she's not a good dancer (or cute). Even instructors who wish to be your friend can't because of "rules". DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE "GOOD LOOKING INSTRUCTORS". Plus, they don't enter competitions that are not sanctioned by Arthur Murray nor do they do Pro/Am division (you dancing with your instructor). So, for those who wish to compete w/o a partner, you'll be SOL. Yes, I started here at Arthur Murray all because of those ads on Dancing With the Stars (a la Nick Kosovich who practically owns alot of locations), but I'm SOOOOO glad I left. Just don't go here or ANY national chain dance studio, you can thank me later.

Cons: NO KIDS CLASSES!!!, NO PRO/AM Instruction, Instructors won't be your friend (especially if you leave)
Recommended: Yes
Business Details on Arthur Murray Dance Studio



Payment Types:
American Express, Discover, Visa

Phone Numbers:
Primary Phone: (312) 644-7554

Hours Open
Monday 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Wednesday 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Thursday 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed