Arthur Murray Santa Barbara Dance Studio
Arthur Murray Dance Studios is your premier choice in Santa Barbara for dance lessons of the highest quality with affordable rates.
We are home to the best instructors and dance styles to make you the dancer of your dreams. Whether you are a newcomer or have prior dance experience, wish to dance socially or competitively, dancing solo or with a partner, we here at Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Santa Barbara will craft the perfect lessons tailored just for you. Our passion for the art of dance is only matched by our enthusiasm for our students. Come celebrate an active lifestyle with us, and let us show you why our one hundred years in the dance industry makes us the best choice for your lessons.
Dances We Teach
At the Arthur Murray Dance Studios, we are renowned for teaching the greatest variety of American dances, as well as dances from across the globe with grace, poise and precision. While we stay true to the origin of the dances, we also strive to keep the steps fresh and modern, so that each dance is both timeless and thrilling. Some of our most popular dance lessons include:
American Rhythm and International Latin dance categories instill dancers with some of the most fundamental, as well as unique, dance steps. The Cha-Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Salsa, Paso Doble, Jitterbug and Merengue are just some examples of dances we teach in these categories. These fun and exotic dances will have your sense of timing and rhythm finely tuned in no time.
Country Western Dances
Perfect for dancing at social events or competitions, our Country Western dance offerings include the Progressive Two-Step, the Country Western Waltz, Country Shuffle and the West Coast Swing. The quick footwork and constant push and pull actions with your partner will bring plenty of light-hearted joy to your day.
Filled with precise technique and classic elegance, dance lessons we offer under the International Standard and Smooth American categories include the Foxtrot, Waltz, Quickstep and the Tango. The grand, sweeping steps taught while doing these dances will improve your balance and coordination, and you’ll look great doing it, too!
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.
Though they cannot be categorized under the aforementioned dance classifications, these dances are some of our most popular classes we offer here at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. These Specialty Dances include the Polka, Slow Dance, Nightclub 2-Step and the Argentine Tango, all of which put a fun and modern spin on classic dance steps and offer some of the best coordinated movements for use at social functions.
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.