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Re: Arthur Murray Stinks
Posted by Days&Nights
12/2/2008  8:58:00 AM
As "DanceTheNightAway" points out.
"Be very careful where you spend your money." Ericka, it's all in what you want. Having danced in AM, I personally didn't feel that for social or competition purposes, $140 for a 40 minute lesson was of value. I got alot of sales pitches and the ever present - you can't learn the next steps until...blah blah blah. While the teachers might have had a passion for dancing the pressure to sign paperwork and $$ committment was up there with a used car saleman trying to make quota. Once the AM studio learned that students either planned on leaving - for whatever the reason...there was no longer any interest in the student. The developed syllabus that the AM method of teaching might be great for some - the franchise owner is there to pay bills and make money..there is...in the long run the always present profit and loss statement. You will find the always present personal viewpoints. Mine? I love my independent instructors (two of them currently) and the studios. Quite successful at that - not that they didn't cut it at AM - but their passion for dance overrode the need/requirement to get customers to sign on the dotted line. Rather - they want happy customers - not bankrupt ones.
Re: Arthur Murray Stinks
Posted by moneysuckers1
2/20/2013  6:16:00 PM
You are so wrong that idependent instructors are wash outs.In fact sone have yeard of experience compared to AM teachers
Re: Arthur Murray Stinks
Posted by Sara
11/28/2008  5:19:00 PM
If you want to find a different studio in your area, here is a great directory. check it out: http://www.itsaboutdance.com
Not much help.
Posted by jofjonesboro
12/2/2008  9:07:00 AM
The only dance school that it lists for Atlanta is Fred Astaire.

Re: Not much help.
Posted by Some help
12/2/2008  1:10:00 PM
Think outside the box. Did you try "dance studios" rather than "dance schools"?
Still not much help.
Posted by jofjonesboro
12/3/2008  5:30:00 AM
I tried every option available on that list.

That website simply doesn't provide much informaiton.

Re: Still not much help.
Posted by Some help
12/3/2008  9:17:00 AM
I looked at the "dance studio" selection for Atlanta, and it listed about half-a-dozen studios: clearly more than JUST Fred Astaire as you'd initially stated.

I'm sure you don't want anyone to be mislead by your prior statement.
Please post a link to that results page.
Posted by jofjonesboro
12/3/2008  12:44:00 PM
Here's a link to mine: Atlanta Studios.

If you select "Search by Category," the site just brings up another "Search by Location" which produces the same results: Atlanta Studios by category. This design doesn't seem to make much sense.

You can see other Atlanta studios when pulling up studio names by alphabet but that's little help to someone who doesn't already know the area. Someone who does wouldn't need the site anyway.

You can also see other studios by leaving out the city name and getting the studios in Georgia. Even that list is incomplete; it leaves out both Academy Ballroom and Atlanta Dance Center.

Do you have a financial interest in this site?


Ah! Now I see. If you leave the fourth pull-down box set to all, it will pull up all categories. If you then select the "See More Results" button under "Dance Studios," then a list of six names will appear.

Also, I notice that "Atlanta" appears twice in the drop-down for the cities for Georgia. The two selections produce different results when a selection is also made from the fourth box.

Sloppy. Very sloppy.
Re: Please post a link to that results page.
Posted by Some help
12/3/2008  5:26:00 PM
No, no financial interest. Just someone who can do a lot with just a little information. And someone who agrees that you were sloppy in your initial research and comments that ONLY Fred Astaire was listed.
Getting a bit defensive, huh.
Posted by jofjonesboro
12/4/2008  5:24:00 AM
And someone who agrees that you were sloppy in your initial research and comments that ONLY Fred Astaire was listed.

Actually, I'm someone who spent some time on the POS site and figured out that it does not work properly.

You failed to address even one of the QA issues which I listed.

If a user has to waste time figuring out a website's tricks and turns then the website is a piece of garbage as this one clearly is.

A first-time user on that site would have followed same steps as I did and wound up with the same inaccurate result.

You failed to address my point about "Atlanta" appearing twice in the drop-down list of cities with the two different selections producing different results.

You also failed to address the point that even the longer list is incomplete - and therefore also inaccurate.

So, for someone who claims to "do a lot with just a little information," you still can't produce an accurate list of the dance schools - or studios - in Atlanta with your site.

And for your information, I do software QA for a living. Your site needs a lot of work.


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