Frequently Asked Questions
Can I learn to dance via Zoom?
Absolutely. Our highly qualified instructors are proficient at teaching both private and group lessons via zoom. All you need to do is download the Zoom app and we will send you the link to enter the session. We even have Zoom events that you are welcome to join!
What do I need in my room to participate in online lessons?
Please find a 2 by 2 sq ft space in your living room and set up a laptop, iPad or phone. Just set up the camera of the device to allow full body view so that the teacher can give you adequate feedback.
Is the studio open during the lockdowns?
During lockdown all of our lessons happen online via Zoom.
What are your social distancing measures?
For a private lesson you have 3 options depending on the government restrictions and your comfort level: 1. an online lesson, 2. an in studio contactless lesson, 3. an in studio contact lesson with hand sanitation before and after.
COVID-19 Safety Plan
Below is a snapshot of your COVID-19 safety plan which is posted in multiple places where it can be seen easily by our workers, clients and other people entering the workplace will know what actions are being taken. Please read this information and familiarize yourself with the new measures that the Arthur Murray Ajax team is planning to take for the safety of our students and staff in the future.
Measure we're taking
How we're ensuring workers know how to keep themsevles safe from exposure to COVID-19
- Ensuring workers know about hazards by providing information, instruction and supervision on how to work safely.
- Ensuring everyone knows what is required to protect workers' health and safety on the job.
- Creating workplace health and safety policies and procedures.
- Ensuring workplace parties follow the law and the workplace health and safety policies and procedures.
- Ensuring workers wear the right protective equipment and are trained on how to use it.
- Taking all precautions reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness.
- Print and Display COVID posters provided by the Durham Region.
- Provide products for proper sanitization of work stations and hands.
- Establish multiply different sanitization stations.
- Establish stations for each employee.
- Employees will not be required to be at the studio unless they are teaching a lesson. Emploess will be reminded to work from home when possible and to stay home if they are sick.
- Provide proper disposable face masks to everyone who enters the workspace.
How do I get started?
Getting started is easy. The first step is to schedule an introductory sample 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.
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 introductory sample 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 need 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 still have to return to learn the newest 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.
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! For specific details, see our benefits page.