Our Studio

Etobicoke

In 2011, the Etobicoke Guardian awarded our studio the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Dance School. In such a great neighbourhood, we’re especially honoured! We guarantee you’ll have fun learning how to dance with us – come by and see for yourself why we’re the best in the business!

Excellence on every level

Our studios are owned and operated by men and women who know every facet and level of the dance industry and have been with Arthur Murray for years. They joined our company as instructors, and through years of dedication and passionate work, have risen to the executive level. You can feel confident about the commitment to excellence in every staff member in every Arthur Murray studio.

Every level of dancer is welcomed in our studios!

If you are interested in learning how to dance, come on in! It’s as simple as that – we love to work with all levels, from beginners to advanced, and we promise that our friendly staff will make you leave any nerves or fears at the door.

Our Mission

Every lesson that we teach is built on the promise of a learning experience that is centered to each individual. Each private lesson is personalized towards our students’ goals and desires, and you’ll learn at the right pace for your ability.

Why Us?

History: Our method of teaching has been developed and perfected over 100 years, and we’ve taught over 100,000 students at our Etobicoke studio, which has been around since 1952.

Worldwide Credibility and Consistency: Arthur Murray is an Ontario Accredited teaching institution. This means that there’s strict quality control, and our lessons are tax deductible. All of our teachers are certified through Arthur Murray and trained to teach on the same syllabus. Because of this consistency, you can take lessons at any of our 280 studios worldwide and be confident in the quality of your lessons and teachers. Additionally, our lessons are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Convenience: Our long hours and flexible schedule means we work on your schedule – there’s no pressure to come in at the same time every day or week. Our locations are central and easily accessible on public transit, and there’s always parking nearby.

Learn to Dance in Etobicoke

Whether your goals are modest or ambitious, your schedule open or full, why wait any longer? We invite you to join us at the only school in the world that turns people into partners. Call today or sign up now online!
Take the first step and sign up for your first lesson now.
You’ll begin an exciting journey to a lifetime of dance, fun, new friends, poise, confidence, and improved social skills.

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Media mentions/Buzz

  • Breakfast television: Arthur Murray Etobicoke was featured on CityTV’s breakfast television. Jennifer Valentyne, a former student of ours, came back with the cameras to see if she still remembered her steps. (video)
  • NBC Nightly News: Check out this report by Roger O’Neil of NBC. Looks like ballroom is back in a big way! (video)
  • CTV News Consumer Report with Pat Foran: Pat Foran came to check out the studio and try some lessons. He learned to dip! (video)
  • Toronto SUN Newspaper: Check out how we were mentioned in this article in the Toronto SUN (http://www.torontosun.com/life/healthandfitness/2009/08/17/10482111-sun.html)
  • OMNI Television: We were visited by Pay Chen of OMNI’s TunedIn (video)

Endorsements

  • Emmitt Smith, former running back for the Dallas Cowboys, has nothing but praise for Arthur Murray. It changed his life! (testimonials)
  • Adam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays: “I had a great time learning to dance and spending time with my fiance. It was much easier than I thought, and it was actually a great stress reliever, despite the chaos of planning the big day!”
  • Scott McGillivray of HGTV’s Income Property and Debbie Travis’ Facelift: “Our sincerest thanks for all your help and patience in choreographing a beautiful dance for our wedding. We appreciate all your dedication in making sure our dance was perfect! Our guests were very impressed & complimented us all night. It was truly a magical moment and added a special touch to the evening!” – Sabrina & Scott

Dancing With The Stars

  • Many of the professional dancers on Dancing With The Stars are also students and teachers at their local Arthur Murray studios!
  • We also have regular coaching visits from DWTS favorites like Alec Mezo, Edyta Sliwinska, Jonathan Roberts, Anna Trebunskiya, and more.

Achievements/Awards

Woodbridge

  • Tournament of Champions 1st Place Studio Award
  • International Dance Festival Achievement Award
  • Two Arthur Murray Studio Achievement awards
  • Top Female Student Award Toronto Pro-AM
  • Top Male Student Award Toronto Pro-AM
  • Top Teacher Award 2007 — 2008 Toronto Pro-AM
  • Three time “Top Dance Studio in Vaughan” — Reader’s Choice Award
  • Numerous Top Instructor, Dance Specialist, Counsellor and Executive Awards
  • Top Overall Instructor — 2009
  • 5 First Place Finishes – 3 Dance Latin & Smooth – 2010 Arthur Murray Star Ball in Niagara Falls
  • Top Instructor in the World — New student Challenge in 2011

Kingsway

  • Best Dance School of 2011 by Etobicoke Guardian Newspaper
  • Tournament of Champions 1st Place Studio Award
  • Tournament of Champions 1st Place Teacher Award
  • Tournament of Champions 1st Place Executive Award
  • We also came in 2nd and 3rd in the above categories over the last 5 years.
  • Top Male & Female Student Awards at various Dance-O-Ramas and Superamas
  • Top Teacher Awards at various Dance-O-Rama’s and Superamas

Last 24 months

  • AM Students have received over 20 1st place finishes in 3-Dance Competition at both local & international dance events
  • AM Teachers have won various formation competitions, both local & international
  • Top Studio Award at various Dance-O-Rama’s and Superamas
  • Arthur Murray International VIP Club Members for the last 10 years
  • District Leader Award – Lisa;
  • District Dance Director Award – Cynthia;
  • Top District All Star Teacher – Steve;
  • Top District Supervisor – Cynthia;
  • 1st Place One Dance Argentine Tango Competition
  • 1st Place Mystery Dance Competition
  • 1st Place Formation Award

Historical trivia you might enjoy about Arthur Murray

  • The Murray name and franchise were featured in the 1942 hit song “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry,” which was written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger.
  • Hal Borne and His Orchestra recorded the Mercer-Schertzing song in a Soundie released May 25, 1942, with the Three Murtah Sisters. “The tallest” of the sisters satirizes the tune by doing the rumba as crudely as possible, first in her room and then on the floor with a male partner.]
  • In the film The Sky’s the Limit (1943), when Fred Astaire and Joan Leslie finish a dance number, Joan asks him “Where did you learn to dance like that?” and Astaire answers, “Arthur Murray.”
  • In 1946 Desi Arnaz starred in the film Cuban Pete and recorded a song of the same name, featuring the lyric, “Cuban Pete doesn’t teach you in a hurry like Arthur Murray. You’re now in Havana, and there’s always mañana.”
  • In the I Love Lucy episode “Little Ricky Gets a Dog” (1957), Lucy tells Ricky that she is receiving Mexican hat dancing lessons from Arthur Murray.
  • Arthur Murray is mentioned in the 1953 Frank Loesser song “Just Another Polka”: “She’s got me dancing like I never thought I could. Oh, Arthur Murray never had it so good.”
  • In the 1954 Mark Robson directed film, “Phffft!” starring Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday, and Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon’s character (Robert Tracey) is seen walking into an Arthur Murray Dance Studio in New York to work on his Rumba with teacher Merry Anders. A classic dance scene in the movie follows when both Lemmon and Holliday (Nina Tracey) do a rumba and mambo at a nightclub. Later in the film, Lemmon reviews some cancelled checks that Holliday wrote including: “…thirty-nine dollars and forty cents to Arthur Murray Dance Studio?”
  • In 1957 Buddy Holly and The Crickets performed a live show at the Arthur Murray Dance Party consisting of “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.” This is the only known live footage of Buddy Holly in his short lifetime.
  • In the 1960 Billy Wilder film “The Apartment,” starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine, Jack Lemmon’s character (C.C.”Bud” Baxter) makes two references to Arthur Murray. Bud tells Fran (Shirley Maclaine) that he’s been taking lessons at Arthur Murray and later introduces himself to Margie (Hope Holiday) by replying to her query that she doesn’t know him at all by stating: “Permit me – C.C. Baxter – junior executive, Arthur Murray graduate, lover.”
  • In a dream sequence, “Arthur Murrayrock” seeks help learning Fred’s “Frantic” dance in the Flintstones episode “Shinrock-a-Go-Go.”
  • Arthur Murray is mentioned in the song “Tear-stained Letter” by Richard Thompson. The song appears on Thompson’s 1983 album “Hand of Kindness.”
  • In an episode of Sanford and Son, when asked to dance, Fred says, “I’ve been told I can’t dance.” The young lady says, “Aww, arthritis?” Fred responds, “No, Arthur Murray.”
  • In the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing,” Johnny tells Baby that he received his training at the Arthur Murray studios.
  • A song entitled Arthur Murray appears on the 1988 Vic Chesnutt album “The Salesman and Bernadette.”
  • In the 1995 film “The American President,” when Sydney Ellen Wade remarks to the President while dancing, “I don’t know how you do it,” the President replies, “It’s Arthur Murray. Six lessons.”
  • Arthur Murray is mentioned in the song “Would You Like to Learn to Dance?” by Steve Goodman in 1978. “We can draw the Arthur Murray patterns right here on the floor.”
  • Arthur Murray is mentioned in the song “Whadda Ya Know, We’ve Got a Show” from the 1961 British movie “The Young Ones,” starring Cliff Richard: “Mr. Arthur Murray, we can use you in a hurry.”
  • Arthur Murray is mentioned in “The West Wing” episode, “He Shall, from Time to Time,” in a conversation between a congressman and Toby Ziegler. The Congressman says, “Personally, I don’t know what to say to people who argue that the N.E.A. is there to support art that nobody wants to pay for in the first place. Arthur Murray didn’t need the N.E.A. to write ‘Death of a Salesman.’” Toby corrects him by saying, “Arthur Murray taught ballroom dance, and Arthur Miller wrote ‘Death of a Salesman.’”

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