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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    Thanks for the suggestion! I'm an alumni of UMD and I think I'd like to check out that program next semester. I think the next step for me is to start getting out there to local social dances. All the input is greatly appreciated!
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    I appreciate the thorough breakdown in your explanation. I can definitely see how group classes at franchises could grow stale for a fast learner (though I haven't gone through a full cycle of bronze level classes for a given dance, so I can't say for sure the material gets repetitive). And the...
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    Thank you for the breakdown of the different types of independent studios. Initially my question was about finding independent teachers, but these answers have given me a lot of great leads. Since many of non-franchise studios around here do appear to charge as much as the AM I attend when you...
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    I was actually going to ask what the first replier meant with regards to studio staff. Thanks for clarifying! Does the latter type of studio mean each instructor tends to be more specialized (not teaching as many styles of dance)? Or is it just having leeway to make their curriculum the way they...
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    Thank you for the plethora of input and detail! I will definitely check out the Promenade Dancesport at some point, though, as much as I love to dance, that's more miles than I'd care to put on my car regularly. And I will inquire further and check out classes at other local spots as well.
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    Yes, I kind of felt silly admitting I tried looking up the word "independent" but I wasn't finding what I was looking for without it so I thought I'd give it a shot haha. I definitely will look into using other channels like Meetup groups to find schools (searching through forums like this...
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    Got it, that's what I figured at first, but I couldn't locate any independent studios that offered multiple danfes really competitive pricing compared to Arthur Murray (though again, I do recognize that people have other criticisms of AM and franchises in general). Someone replied to my post in...
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    Ah, okay, well for specialized programs like that, I certainly have found quality instruction for way better prices than I am paying at Arthur Murray, but I also like learning a variety of dances, on a social dancing level. I'm not currently interested in competing so not super concerned that AM...
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    T Thanks for the reply! The non-franchise studios around here seem pretty transparent about their pricing (some might have package deals too, which could be a major factor for me if it is cheaper by $20+ per lesson/group class), so I should have made my question more clear. I've been Googling...
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    Experience at Arthur Murray and Questions about Indie Studios in DC

    *EDIT* I think this might belong in a different sub-forum but I cannot figure out how to delete my thread. Hi all, short time lurker and brand new member to the forum. I've been taking classes at an Arthur Murray in the DC area for several months now. I've read a lot of mixed feedback about...