Arthur Murray Dance Studio near Dana Point
Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio isn’t just for professionals—though we are more than capable of helping professionals perfect their dance. Our team takes great pride in being able to work with anyone, including complete novices and those who are a few years, or decades, out from their last dance class. No matter your level of skill, your interests, or your reasons for taking a dance class, Arthur Murray Dance Studio is here for you. Let us help you start your journey to loving your time on the dance floor!
The Arthur Murray Approach
What should a dance instructor focus on to help students learn to dance? The steps, the arm movements, and timing are a few of the things that likely come to mind. But what about the dancer? This is half the story, yet many studios neglect to nurture the dance while teaching the dance. Every student is unique, with their own strengths, weaknesses, interests, and personality. Here at Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio, we focus on both the dancer and the dance.
What allows us to take this two-part approach is the comprehensive selection of classes we offer. In each style of dance, we offer four levels of classes: beginner, bronze, silver, and gold. We can also create a custom program focusing on dances from various dance styles, taught at your level. Your ideal class is ready and waiting for you at our dance studio.
Dance Styles We Teach
If Dana Point is home, our team will have you moving your feet and bopping to the beat. If you aren’t sure which dance style is best suited to your interests or upcoming event, allow our instructors to help; we will ensure you take the class that is best for you. Below are the dance styles we teach.
Do you adore old Hollywood films? So do we! And while you might think that the grace, elegance, and style of Golden Age Hollywood is long gone, it is alive and well right here at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. But this time, you are the star, gliding across the dance floor while performing Smooth and Standard Dances. Among these dances we teach are the Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and the Quickstep.
Study this style with us and we will soon have you setting the dance floor on fire! Passionate, sensual, and invigorating, there is no other dance style quite like Latin Dance. Our classes are designed to help you be a better dancer as well as build your confidence and get fit in the process. Although this style of dance is known as the king of competitions, you do not need to be a competitive dancer to study it with us. Included amongst the Latin Dances we teach are the Bolero, Rumba, Mambo, Cha-cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Merengue, and Salsa.
Country and Western Dances
Any style of dance will let you have fun, but we feel Country and Western Dances are more sociable than most styles. Why do we feel this way? Because they work in every setting. From bars to weddings to galas and more, these dances are easy to pick up and simple to adapt to your environment. Now, if you are picturing 1990s’ line dancing, this description might seem off, but the Country and Western Dances that we teach are partner dances with smooth gliding and scooting. With Arthur Murray, you can learn the Country Western Waltz, Texas Two-Step, Country Shuffle, Country Swing, West Coast Swing, the Progressive Two-Step, and the Country Triple.
Not all the dances we teach fit neatly into a box. When we come across these dances, we call them Specialty Dances. Combining old and new styles and borrowing from cultures all over the world, these dances are great on their own and as a jumping off point for learning a new style. Among the specialty dances we teach are the Nightclub Two-Step, Bachata, the Argentine Tango, and the Zouk.
Swing and Rhythm Dances
While we love all the styles we teach, Swing and Rhythm Dances are special to us. Our namesake, Arthur Murray, was a leader and innovator in this dance style, and we take great pride in the fact that we keep his work alive. Let us turn you into a Swing and Rhythm expert with dances such as the East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Hustle, and the Jive.
Reasons to Take Dance Classes
We don’t think you need a reason to pick up dance. With that said, most of the students who come to us come for with a specific event or goal in mind. To help us help you, let us know what your motivations and goals are at your first lesson. That way, we can tailor our instruction to help you get exactly what you need.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio classes are focused on partner dances, and that means our classes are a great way to socialize. We often have groups of friends take classes together, as well as couples looking for a fun way to enjoy their date nights. We also get plenty of solo dancers looking to have fun and meet new people. In addition to our classes, we also host dance socials, allowing you to meet other members of the Dana Point dance community.
A lively dance floor is often the best part of a wedding, so you want to ensure your wedding party and guests aren’t a bunch of wallflowers. We offer lessons for the bride and groom for a perfect first dance, for the wedding party to get great photos, and for all the guests to ensure that everyone has a great time. Our instructors can even come up with an original number for everyone to perform, making for the ultimate wedding video.
Weddings aren’t the only events where you will encounter a dance floor. No matter what special event you have coming up, we can help you learn the steps you need to feel good about yourself while on the dance floor. From reunions to galas to cruises and more, our team will have you making the most of your night.
Competitive Dance Lessons
We take on both seasoned pros as well as novices who want to tick off another item on their bucket list. No matter your level, no matter your goals, our competitive dance lessons can be tailored to you. Our professional instructors are ready to get you geared up for your competition. And we will be cheering you on the whole way!
What to Expect from Your Dance Lessons
If you are in Dana Point, Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio is where you should learn how to dance. Here, you never take the same class twice. Every lesson builds upon previous lessons while addressing your needs as a dancer. Your happiness and continuous growth are our top priorities.
Your program starts with a $20 introductory lesson. This class allows you to get a feel for our methods while also letting us get to know you as a dancer. At the end of the class, we will discuss your goals so we can craft your custom plan. From the very first day, you get the individual attention you deserve.
Teaching Dana Point to Dance
No matter where you are in Dana Point, Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio is just a quick trip away via the I-5. Call us or stop in at our studio to learn more about our new student special and the dances we teach. We cannot wait to help you discover the fun of dance!