Arthur Murray Dance Studio
800 118th Ave NE Ste C, Bellevue, WA 98005
- Mon - Fri
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fax: (425) 747-3267
General InfoDancing 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! Dancing opens up a wonderful new world of togetherness and a thriving year-round social calendar!
Parking: Lot, Free
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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Arthur Murray Bellevue is terrific. Initially I was going to drop off my wife and 2 daughters for them to dance. I decided to go inside to send them off and took a seat on a couch to 'check it out'. They were greeted very warmly by numerous staff/instructors and their assigned beginner instructor (Jay) asked me to join. After giving all the reasons why I wouldn't/couldn't dance, I decided to give it a go. Jay had us hooked after about two minutes. We are now 6 months into it and looking forward to competing in a 'showcase' in 3 weeks. It is not cheap, but you get what you want out of it. There are many group classes each week (included w/ tuition) that are educational and fun, and the two practice parties (tues/fri nights) are fun, social and give you a chance to practice in a 'real' dance environment. The staff treats us as if we were family. We love it. As with so many things in life, you get out what you put in.
Arthur Murray's is not a good way to learn to dance, unless you've had many years of trianing. The curriculum here is meant only to promote the studio, so when my wife and I moved to a new city and started taking lessons again, we were told that we had learned many steps the wrong way and that we had developed a lot of bad habits that are difficult to break. Also, we didn't know the real names of any of the steps we had learned, because the studio has renamed almost all of them. So, you might be able to dance with your dance teacher in the studio, but in the real world, you'll be clueless. I now can't dance with anyone but my wife because I didn't learn the proper leads, and I have no idea what the steps are really called. People who are new to dancing should avoid this place.
I finally decided I wanted to Dance Like the Stars, I was tired of watching them dance on TV so I got off the couch, looked on the internet and saw Arthur Murray. Really liked the information I received and how I was treated when I called about their introductory program. It was easy and fun, the dance instructors are all obviously well trained. I was actually really very surprised that I could do it, I wasn't really sure I would be able to learn how to move like that. I really like the focus on social dancing and they have two dance parties every week so I can practice what I learn on my lessons. I have met a lot of people and am having a really great time. One of the great things about their program - I can go to as many group classes as I want to during the week as a service on my dance program and it's no additional charge. This is definately a luxury for me, but well worth the money I am spending. Knowing how to dance changes a lot of things.
This place is just FUN!~ The management, staff and fellow students at the Arthur Murray made me feel right at home. I learned quickly and always felt encouraged. My instructon included not only a private lesson but also a group class and practice party! Check it out
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