The Arthur Murray System

Proven in hundreds of dance studios around the globe, the Arthur Murray System is the world’s best way to learn how to dance. We’ve been teaching people to dance since 1912!

Introductory Program

This starter program is designed as an introduction to the popular social dances and the teaching methods of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. The program is designed to fulfill your immediate dance needs, while allowing your instructor to evaluate your dancing with respect to your future learning needs.


This program develops the most important dances you plan to use immediately at a basic level. Emphasis is placed on the three most important elements of dancing:

  1. foot positions
  2. rhythm and timing and
  3. leading or following

Throughout the program you’ll enjoy enough variety to keep things interesting.

Associate Bronze

With this program you will acquire freer movement around the floor while expanding your variety, technique and footwork. Associate Bronze Dancers also begin to develop the portrayal of a dance’s characteristics in the form of styling. This dance program is very popular with the person that wants to get on the dance floor right away.

Full Bronze

Full Bronze is the complete Social Dance Program taught by the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. It is designed to develop timing and technique in all the Social Dances selected by the student.

The styling will make you look nice and feel comfortable while on the floor. It will strengthen your lead and following to the point that no matter who your partner is, what kind of music or what type of dance floor, you will look poised and comfortable. Bronze Dancers have all the confidence a person could ever need on the dance floor because they have reached the fun point in dancing when you don’t have to think about anything but enjoying your partner and moving to the music. Dancing at this level will be yours to keep as you will never forget the elements of each dance.


Silver is a dance standard with a high degree of styling. Flashy movements ensure the Silver dancer will stand out on any dance floor. Continuity of movement makes a couple glide around the dance floor, with many natural changes in direction. Styling makes this standard develop an individual’s character. Technique, balance and control take on an entirely new meaning as the Silver dancer glides across the floor. This standard is the beginning of the showy and flashy dancing standards used mainly on the ballroom floor.


Our Gold standards are for the stars! Strictly a standard for the hobby dancer interested in performances, exhibitions or competitions. Its intricate patterns are only to be used when both people really know what they’re doing. Choreography, styling, technique, and showmanship are necessities in this standard. This material is generally not used on a crowded floor. You had better be prepared to work if this is your standard, but you will truly be regarded as an outstanding dancer able to excel in any dance.

Private Lessons

During your on-on-one private lessons, you will receive personalized instruction that will help you achieve your goals in dancing. Your instructor will spend the time necessary on technique, styling and general dance improvement. An up-to-date record of everything you have learned will also be kept as part of your instruction.

Group Lessons

Group Lessons are an important addendum to your private instruction. They give you the opportunity to dance with a variety of partners, develop good dance habits and meet other students in the studio.

In Group Lessons we emphasize technique, style and variation of patterns. You may be taught materials that your regular instructor hasn’t introduced to you yet. Additionally, material that has been introduced will be reviewed and practiced for improvement.

Group Lessons are held for different dances and levels. Please ask your teacher for the schedule and take advantage of another fine way to help you become a more proficient and confident dancer.

Practice Parties

We hold scheduled dance parties (practice sessions) for all our students. These practice parties are held on a weekly or semi-monthly basis. You will have fun dancing with the instructors and students in a relaxed and comfortable environment. This gives you the opportunity to practice and try out all the new dance skills that you’ve learned in your Private and Group Lessons.

Arthur Murray Medal Ball

An Arthur Murray Medal Ball is a gala dance event honouring students who “graduate” from one level of their dance program to the next. Medal Balls also afford students the opportunity to enjoy their dancing in a fun and elegant setting.


A Showcase is a one-day event where students present dance routines with personalized choreography. These routines make an exciting addition to your Medalist Program because they allow you to develop showmanship and musical expression along with your social dance skills.


A Dance-O-Rama, or Dance Sport Competition, is an exciting two or three day event that brings students together from many Arthur Murray studios to compete, at their level, in dances of their choice. This requires specialized dance training to polish and perfect choreography, technique and style. The weekend is full of activities such as dance competitions, cocktail parties, dinner dances and exciting professional shows.

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9 Lakeshore Road West
Oakville, Ontario L6K 1C6
Phone 905-849-0707

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