Expert Dance Instruction for Rancho Santa Margarita
When residents of Rancho Santa Margarita need the very best in affordable, reliable dance lessons, they call on the time-tested professionals at Arthur Murray Dance Centers. With our deep roots in the worlds of recreational and competitive dance achievement, we have everything you need to confidently take your first steps on the floor, learn the steps required for an upcoming event or gain an advanced skill set that helps prepare you for competition or professional performance. And perhaps most importantly, we never forget to add fun and enthusiasm to your lesson plan.
Dances We Teach
Swing & Rhythm Dances
During the big band era, swing and rhythm styles dominated dance floors across America. We teach a variety of these still-popular dances, including the East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Jive, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop. In addition, we teach a partnered version of the Hustle, a disco era favorite that stands out as a non-swing rhythm dance. All dances in this diverse category feature prominent hip, arm and knee movement.
Glide across the ballroom floor while performing any of the five dances we teach in this category. Our instructors specialize in two classic steps — the Foxtrot and Tango — performed in standard 4/4 time, as well as two additional classics, the Waltz and Vienna Waltz, performed in 3/4 time. We also teach all the intricacies of the faster-paced Quickstep, a 4/4 style that, like all smooth and standard dances, emphasizes flowing lower body movement.
Country Western Dances
All country western dances spring from a shared heritage in America’s rich country music and western music traditions. At Arthur Murray, we focus on partnered versions of these unique and diverse styles. Choose from national and regional honky tonk favorites such as the Progressive Two-Step, Texas Two-Step, Country Swing, Country Shuffle, Country Triple, Country Western Waltz and West Coast Swing.
Even people with no real dance exposure are probably familiar with some of the dances in this expressive, energetic category. If you like, focus your instruction on one of our four much-loved, informal Latin dances: the Salsa, Merengue, Salsa and Mambo. Or take a more formal spin across the floor with one our four Latin ballroom styles: the Cha-Cha, Paso Doble, Samba and Rumba.
Most of the dances in our comprehensive curriculum are part of larger historical or stylistic traditions and share important features with other dances in the same family. However, not every dance worth learning falls into such well-defined categories. That’s why we also offer a well-chosen selection of specialty dances that combine elements from two or more separate lineages. Your list of options includes the Bachata, Nightclub Two-Step, Zouk and Argentine Tango.
Reasons for Taking Dance Lessons
Casual dancing is one of the world’s most common social and recreational activities. Whether your preferred arena is a dancehall, club, honky tonk or private party, the ability to perform a few moves can increase your level of confidence and make you feel more at ease. A trained instructor can bring you up to speed in no time and help you avoid any potentially painful mistakes on the dance floor.
Dancing at a Wedding
If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know how big a part dancing plays in most after-ceremony activities. Unless you’re confident in your current abilities, the thought of participating in these activities may cause you considerable anxiety. Whether a wedding calls for casual, formal or themed dancing, a few sessions with a seasoned instructor will improve your skills and help settle your nerves.
Dancing at Special Events
Many other special events besides weddings call for guests and VIPs to bust a move on the dance floor. The list of potential dance-oriented events includes cruises, class reunions, anniversary parties and charity balls. In many cases, special events call for you to perform a specific type of dance or selection of dances. A professional instructor can help you prepare thoroughly, even if you have little or no previous experience with the required steps.
Dance competitions have become a popular part of American culture. While the most well-known contests are televised, people all across the county participate in local and regional competitions. You might become interested in developing competition-ready skills after taking preliminary dance courses. However, some dancers aim to perform competitively from their very first lesson.
The Arthur Murray Method
An introductory lesson sets you up for success in the Arthur Murray method of dance instruction. This lesson gives our instructors the chance to show you some of the beginner steps that form the foundation of solid dance skills. Next, you can continue the process by working with your instructor to develop a personalized training program that meet your specific dance interests. Some students just want to develop enough ability to perform a favorite step. However, if you’d like, you can also set up a longer series of lessons that give you the chance to develop true mastery over one or more dance styles. We can support even the most rigorous goals for competition-worthy performance.
Arthur Murray is America’s enduring standard for dance instruction. For more than a century, we’ve shown beginners and advanced students alike everything they need to enjoy the many benefits of the world of dance. Every instructor we hire is a trained professional who knows how to provide a fun, engaging class experience. From your first lesson to your last, we’ll help you build your skills, gain confidence and meet your social and competitive goals.
Bringing Dance to Rancho Santa Margarita
Incorporated in 2000, Rancho Santa Margarita is situated on the Plano Trabuco plateau in the eastern reaches of Orange County. Since its founding, the city of roughly 50,000 has enjoyed a reputation as one of Southern California and America’s safest and most well-educated communities. Rancho Santa Margarita is also known for its shopping venues and recreational opportunities.
At Arthur Murray, we proudly serve the residents of Rancho Santa Margarita from our local studio in the neighboring City of Lake Forest. We combine minimal driving time with daytime and after hours availability that gives you the freedom to schedule your lessons for maximum convenience. And don’t forget, you’re just a short conversation away from your $20 introductory session. Call us today.