Arthur Murray Long Beach
Arthur Murray Studios is the City of Long Beach’s home for affordable dance instruction that combines top-notch training with a fun, supportive social environment.
Whether you want to learn classic ballroom steps, prepare for a wedding, enter formal competitions, or just enjoy yourself while out on the town, our expert instructors will provide the guidance you need to reach your goals. We feature a broad range of styles designed to appeal to all sorts of dance enthusiasts. And we make our training accessible with a low-cost introductory lesson and a customizable instruction plan. Even if you have no prior experience, the interactive, step-by-step Arthur Murray approach will have you up on your feet and dancing in no time.
Dances We Teach
Dance provides a special blend of entertainment and exercise and remains an admirable social skill to this day regardless of the style you choose. At Arthur Murray Studios, we teach a variety of dances from a mix of categories. We’ll take you beyond the basic steps to help you master Latin, Country Western, Standard, Swing, or Specialty dances.
Country Western Dances
Country western dances have their roots in country music, the older western music genre and the songs brought to America by early European settlers. Popular country western partner dances taught at Arthur Murray’s Long Beach studio include 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.
Latin dances are a group of beloved ballroom and social dance styles that feature rhythmic intensity and a joyous sense of self-expression. They have their origin in a number of Central and South American cultures. Ballroom styles we teach in this category include the Rumba, Samba, Cha-Cha and Paso Doble. We also teach the Salsa, Bolero, Mambo and Merengue.
The smooth and standard family of dances includes several of the most classic ballroom styles, including the Tango, the Waltz, the Viennese Waltz and the Foxtrot. It also includes a somewhat lighter ballroom dance called the Quickstep. All smooth and standard dances are distinguished by their reliance on a series of flowing, elegant steps that feature minimal upper body movement. The Waltz and the faster-paced Viennese Waltz both feature a distinctive 3/4 tempo.
Swing & Rhythm Dances
The swing and rhythm family of dance styles get their name from their shared reliance on rhythmic hip, knee and arm movements. Most of the dances in the category qualify as swing dances, and have their roots in the swing jazz music styles that first emerged in the U.S. in the 1920s. Specific swing dances we teach include the East Coast Swing, the West Coast Swing, the Jitterbug, the Jive and the Lindy Hop. The final member of this family of styles is the Hustle, a rhythm dance created in the disco era.
Specialty dances are a group of dances that come from a mixture of influences instead of one distinct dance lineage. Stylistic elements found here commonly include Latin rhythms, African rhythms, ballroom steps and energetic body movements. At Arthur Murray Studios in Long Beach, we teach specialty dances that include the Argentine Tango, the Bachata, the Nightclub Two-Step and the Zouk.
Reasons To Take Dance Classes
For some people, dance lessons are an important prelude to participation in a single memorable event: a wedding. If you’re preparing for your big day, you also may just need to learn a few steps, especially if you prefer to perform an informal dance at your wedding. However, your focus may shift to more formal dance styles that suit a traditional wedding environment.
Some people just want to pick up a few basic dance moves so they can participate more fully in social events, or join the fun at the local club or honky tonk. If you’re a casual enthusiast, you want solid results without dedicating a lot of time to the learning process. You also want to avoid spending money unnecessarily on a longer dance course.
Dancing at Special Events
Other types of rare or festive occasions also frequently call for solid dance skills. Examples of these special events include reunions, balls or galas, cruise ship trips and bar/bat mitzvahs. The type of dance you need to learn for a special occasion may vary according to specific event. No matter which dance style is on the agenda, professional training will set you on the right course.
Some people who already have a solid foundation in dance decide to build on their skill set in order to participate in organized competitions. In addition, some new dance enthusiasts know early on that they eventually want to develop competition-level abilities. If you fall into either one of these categories, you’ll usually sign up for a longer program of classes, or take an advanced course that focuses on one style or several related styles. Ballroom dancers are especially prone to developing the competition bug.
Bringing Dance to the City of Long Beach
Situated south of Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach is California’s seventh largest city, with a population of roughly 470,000. Home to the thriving Port of Long Beach, the city acts as a major link in the vital seaborne trading routes that connect the U.S. and Asia. Popular attractions in Long Beach include the historic ocean liner Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Battleship Iowa exhibit and the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. The city’s extensive cultural scene features institutions such as the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Long Beach Playhouse, the Art Theatre of Long Beach, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.
Arthur Murray is proud to make an enduring contribution to the cultural and social life of the City of Long Beach. Our studio is conveniently located at 523 Los Altos Ave., near the local branch of Cal State University. With classes available late into the evening, you can create a schedule that easily fits the needs of your busy day. Contact us today to learn more about our introductory lesson for new students.