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.
Dances We Teach
We teach a wide range of dance styles that are sure to suit any taste. Whether you are looking to glide across the dance floor like a silver screen icon, spice things up with a Latin vibe, or scoot across a country western dance floor, we have a class you’ll love. We offer classes in Smooth and Standard Dances, Latin, Swing and Rhythm, Country Western and Specialty dance styles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.