At our Santa Barbara dance studio, everyone can dance! Not everyone arrives at their first class that way, but after just a few lessons with us, even novice dancers become confident and natural on the dance floor. And if you give us even more time, we will have you dancing like a pro! No matter who you are or what you skill level is, if you are in Goleta, we can teach you how to dance.
The Arthur Murray Approach
Living in Goleta, there are many dance studios near you that you could learn with. So why choose us if you have so many options? While we think we have many great qualities, what really sets us apart is the Arthur Murray approach.
You might be wondering how our approach is different from other studios. Most studios are geared more towards memorization when working with adult students. People tend to have the idea that once you are an adult, you either are a dancer already or you aren’t. So instead of crafting a dancer, they teach the steps and send you on your way.
This tends to result in stiff, robotic dancing at best. Worst case scenario, you realize you can only dance to specific songs and find yourself lost when dancing in the real world. But we don’t just teach the dance; we also develop the dancer.
This means that we help you actually connect to dance so it becomes natural. You also develop your confidence and find joy in dancing. After all, why bother with dancing if you don’t enjoy it? With us, you never need to fear the dance floor again.
When you study with us, you never have to worry about a class that is so easy it is boring or so difficult it is frustrating. We can offer the perfect class for you every single time. We use a tiered structure, offering every style of dance at four levels plus private lessons. Your perfect class is here, waiting for you to enroll.
The Dance Styles We Teach
So, we can teach you how to dance, but what dances can we teach you? Here at Arthur Murray Santa Barbara Dance Studio, we don’t teach every possible dance style. Instead, we focus on a few styles that we are experts in. Only then do we teach them to you. As such, when you choose Arthur Murray, you choose the very best instruction possible. Below are the styles we currently offer our Goleta dance students.
Everyone is familiar with Ballroom Dances, even if they don’t dance them yet themselves. These dances have been featured in many cartoons, movies, and even television series. When we think of romantic dancing, this is the style we picture. Among these dances we teach are the Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and the Quickstep.
If you want to dance not just for fun, but also for a workout, Latin Dance is the style for you. No other style of dance will get your heart racing quite like this passionate, athletic style of dance. And don’t be afraid to try just because of how intense it looks on TV; we will make sure our classes are at your level. Included amongst the Latin Dances we teach are the Bolero, Rumba, Mambo, Cha-cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Merengue, and Salsa.
Country and Western Dances
Don’t let the name fool you—this style of dance has nothing to do with line dancing. But if you want to come decked out in your finest western gear, you are more than welcome to. These simple and elegant partner dances are more sophisticated than you would think, focusing on smooth scooting and gliding. With Arthur Murray, you can learn the Country Western Waltz, Texas Two-Step, Country Shuffle, Country Swing, West Coast Swing, the Progressive Two-Step, and the Country Triple.
We often come across dances we love, but they don’t really fit a specific category. When this happens, we call them Specialty Dances. These dances are a great way to discover what you love since they borrow from other styles of dance. Among the specialty dances we teach are the Nightclub Two-Step, Bachata, the Argentine Tango, and the Zouk.
Swing and Rhythm Dances
Wondering where we got the name Arthur Murray? He was the king of swing, a true innovator of Swing and Rhythm Dances. And even after the swing era was over, he worked hard to keep this style alive. We are honored to help continue with his work. Let us turn you into a Swing and Rhythm expert with dances such as the East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Hustle, and the Jive.
Reasons to Take Dance Lessons
The only reason you need to take dance lessons is an interest in dance. However, many people turn to us with a specific reason in mind. Sometimes it is a specific goal. Sometimes it is getting ready for a special event. No matter your reason, we will have you dancing with confidence. Below are some reasons our Goleta dance students turn to us.
Dancing is a great way to have fun, meet people, and get to know people better. Our classes are great for this. However, we also host dance socials that will help you meet others in the Goleta community.
We all want a perfect wedding video, but how many of us actually get one? Not many—especially once you get to the awkward dancing at the reception. But our dance classes will ensure that your wedding is everything you dreamed it could be.
Special Events Dance
Weddings are big for dancing, but other special events focus on it as well. High school reunions often involve dancing to nostalgic tunes, cruises have ballrooms, and even work parties often incorporate dance. We will help you destress and impress.
Whether you have competed many times before and are looking to improve or you want to enter your first competition, our classes can help you prepare. With us, you will wow audiences and judges alike. And we will cheer you on the whole way!
Teaching Goleta to Dance!
No matter your experience or skill level, we can help you improve and grow your confidence. It all starts with a $20 introductory lesson. Contact our Santa Barbara dance studio to get started today!