Arthur Murray San Diego Dance Studio
Arthur Murray stands by their belief that anyone can learn to dance! It may take some time and dedication, but if you can envision it, then that is half the battle. San Diego is a lively city and we love the enthusiasm and supportive environment our studio provides for all levels of dancers that walk through the door. Whether you want to learn dance for a night out at the club or for training for an upcoming formal event, we are San Diego’s home for affordable dance lessons that are customized to suit every dancer’s needs.
Our highly trained instructors have years of real life dance experience. We combine individual instruction plans with group lessons and social events, so you will feel confident and comfortable when you are on the dance floor. No matter whether you are aiming to compete in competitions or hold your own at a formal event, the skills you acquire from Arthur Murray will bring music and dance to your life like you never expected.
Types of Dance Classes We Offer
Latin Dance hails from Central and South America, where indigenous people danced out of celebration and community. You will recognize Latin Dance for its passionate tempos and exciting opportunity for self-expression. Today, Latin Dance includes different types of ballroom and social dance styles. In the Ballroom category, we teach the Rumba, Samba, Cha-Cha and Paso Doble. Social styles we teach include the Salsa, Bolero, Mambo and Merengue.
Swing & Rhythm Dances
With origins in the swing jazz music styles of New York in the 1920’s, it is no wonder that these dances naturally incorporate quick legwork, twirls, hip movements and energetic acrobatics. Making their way across the country to California, Swing and Rhythm Dances picked up influence from beach culture. Swing dances we teach include the East Coast Swing, the West Coast Swing, the Jitterbug, the Jive and the Lindy Hop. We also teach the Hustle, a Rhythm Dance with roots in Disco.
Your classic Ballroom styles are in the Smooth and Standard Dance family. These dances are recognizable for their sophisticated steps and graceful movements, often portrayed in more formal settings or as a competitive dance. Arthur Murray teaches these dances, which feature rigid upper body postures, such as the Tango, the Waltz, the Viennese Waltz, the Foxtrot, and the lighter Quickstep.
Country Western Dances
Country music ushered in Country Western Dance, brought to America by European settlers. Country Western Dance is informal. Since the proper attire includes cowboy boots, the steps mimic flat-footed, gliding movements. Country Western Dance is often a partner dance, including the Country Swing, the West Coast Swing, the Country Western Waltz, the Progressive Two-Step, the Texas Two-Step, the Country Shuffle and the Country Triple.
The Specialty Dances that we teach in San Diego include Argentine Tango, the Bachata, the Nightclub Two-Step and the Zouk. These dances include rhythms from Latin America and Africa, and include steps like those found in Ballroom Dance with energetic body movements. These dances draw influences from around the globe, and are therefore considered “fusion-style” dances.
Reasons to take Dance Classes
If you can move, you can dance! Casual dancing is for people who would like to feel more comfortable in social settings, like a club or honky tonk. After your first lesson with one of our encouraging, highly-trained instructors, you will find that dance movements actually come natural to you. You can dance with your hands, your eyes, your head, your whole body and Arthur Murray is here to give you the results you need in a short amount of time. Our Casual Dance offerings are a quick and affordable way to introduce dance into your life.
Dancing at a Wedding
There can be a lot of pressure around the “big day,” but don’t let dance be a burden on your celebration! Arthur Murray can help you learn some basic, classic steps or help you tailor and choreograph an intricate production for your “first dance.” Either way, with the skills and style that you gain with us, you will look effortless on the dance floor, so you can focus on having fun with your guests instead of feeling nervous about dancing. Our instruction is also sought out by guests of the bride and groom, who don’t want to be wallflowers on this important day.
Dancing at Special Events
Moments that call for dancing surround us and are a huge part of every culture. Whether you have a upcoming reunion or holiday party, or are planning a cruise vacation, Arthur Murray will give you the solid dance skills for your special occasion. Depending on your needs, we will give you adequate training that will stun onlookers and dazzle dance partners.
Whether you walk into Arthur Murray with a solid dance groundwork or are coming to us as a new dancer, everyone has the potential to develop the skills and mindset needed for competition. Dancing competitively is fun, and challenging. We will meet you where you are and help you build on your skill level. We offer class programs designed to push you to your greatest potential. These classes are typically longer, as competitive dancing takes extensive practice. You can focus on one or several dance styles.
What to Expect from Your Dance Lessons
There are countless reasons to dance. Arthur Murray welcomes dancers of all levels and interests to the dancefloor. You pick the style of dance that speaks to you and our expert instructors will do what it takes to get you to the level you desire. Our introductory classes begin with step-by-step instruction, which we will slowly build upon as your comfort improves. With basic steps under your belt, you can work with your instructor to tailor a training plan to get you to your goal. Our instructors are passionate about teaching dance. We promise it will improve your quality of life.
We have a graduated medal system from beginner to advanced that has become the industry standard for dance training. We offer flexible scheduling, so it is easier for you to fit in your daily or weekly (or even monthly) dance lesson. Our social events enable you to relax and unwind, while putting into practice all of the new skills you have learned. As you grow in your ability, you will find new ways and opportunities to express yourself through dance. Some of our students even move on to become professionals.
San Diego Just Wants to Dance!
San Diego was the first land in California that the early European explorers settled on. With them, they brought music and dance styles that influence the way we dance today. Still today, San Diego is a place of picturesque coastline that attracts residents and tourists near and far. With its lively, fun-loving atmosphere to boot, it is no wonder why people continue to explore the region.
Unique to San Diego are the 90+ varying districts that are situated atop its mesas. These neighborhoods, from Balboa Park and Mission Valley to City Heights, are communities with strong cultural ties to the area. Arthur Murray is a vital part of the San Diego community that celebrates along with its citizens the joy of living in such a beautiful place, and we are grateful to contribute to quality of life here. Call us today to learn more about how to get started.