Arthur Murray Dance Studio near Irvine
Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio is a place where all dances can come to pick up the basics or perfect their skills. From wallflowers looking to build up their courage to step on the dance floor for the first time to professionals looking to add another trophy to their wall, we have the skills needed to work with every dancer who comes our way. No matter which category you fall into, or if you are somewhere in the middle, we have the perfect class for you. Let us help you become the best dancer you can be!
The Arthur Murray Approach
What sets our studio apart from the rest? Our unique approach. While many studios focus strictly on the dance being taught—the steps, the arm movements, and the timing—we give equal focus to the dancer, nurturing their development as an individual as much as we focus on the technical aspects. We recognize that every student who comes to us is 100% unique, and we modify our approach to honor their strengths, weaknesses, interests, and personality.
We offer all of our classes at four levels—beginner, bronze, silver, and gold—to make it easy for you to find the class that challenges you without frustrating you. We can also create a custom program, pulling dances from various styles and changing our approach as your grow in your abilities. Your ideal class is waiting for you at Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio. All that is missing is you!
Dance Styles We Teach
If you call Irvine home, our team is the team to turn to so you can start dancing with confidence. If you don’t have a particular dance style in mind, we can help you select the right one based on your interests and whatever event you have coming up. Below are the dance styles we teach.
Are you a big fan of Golden Age films? So are we! And if you lament the fact that the grace, elegance, and style of this period is gone, you will be happy to learn that it is alive and well here at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. The only difference is that you get to be the star while you practice Smooth and Standard Dances. Among the Smooth and Standard Dances we teach are the Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and the Quickstep.
Once you learn this style of dance with us, you will be setting the dance floor on fire! Latin dance is passionate, sensual, and invigorating—no other dance style can compare. And because it is a very athletic style of dance, you also get fit while you learn it. While it is big in the world of competitive dance, you do not need to be a professional to enjoy it. Included amongst the Latin Dances we teach are the Bolero, Rumba, Mambo, Cha-cha, Samba, Paso Doble, Merengue, and Salsa.
Country and Western Dances
While we think all styles of dance are fun to practice, Country and Western Dances are more sociable than most. This style of dance is easy to adapt to any setting, from your local bar to a formal gala. That might sound funny if you are picturing 90s line dancing, but it is time to toss that image aside; the Country and Western Dances we teach are elegant partner dances focused on 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 dances fit neatly into the other categories. For these unique dances, we have the Specialty Dances category. The dances in this category combine old and new styles as well as various cultural influences. Among the specialty dances we teach are the Nightclub Two-Step, Bachata, the Argentine Tango, and the Zouk.
Swing and Rhythm Dances
We adore every dance and style we teach, but we must admit that Swing and Rhythm Dances hold a special place in our hearts. Arthur Murray, our namesake, was a leader in this dance style and it is a great honor to keep his vision 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 Lessons
There is no requirement that you come to us with a specific reason for taking up dance; the joy it brings is all the reason we think anyone needs. With that said, most students come to us with a specific goal or to prepare for a specific event. When you come in for your first class, let us know what is motivating you so we can be sure to tailor our instruction to help you achieve your goals.
At Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio, our classes are focused on partner dances, and that means our studio is a great place to socialize. We often have groups of friends take classes together, as well as couples who want something for date night that doesn’t involve dinner and a movie. And if you are coming solo, this doesn’t mean you will be lonely; plenty of solo dancers attend our classes and we will partner you up. In addition, we host dance socials so you can get to know others in the Irvine dance community.
No one wants an awkward dance floor at their wedding reception, so allow us to make sure everything goes smoothly on your big day. We offer lessons for the bride and groom to prepare for their first dance, for the wedding party, and even for all the guests. We can teach basic moves, complete dances, and even choreograph a routine. With us, your wedding will be one that everyone remembers.
Not every special event is a wedding, but most special events do involve dancing. No matter what event awaits you, we will have you ready to go. From balls to galas to reunions and more, we will teach you the skills you need to feel confident and relaxed. Allow Arthur Murray Dance Studio to help you make the most of your night.
Competitive Dance Lessons
Maybe you already have trophies lining your walls. Or maybe you want to enter your very first competition. Either way, we will have you ready to win. We offer classes at every level, as well as individual lessons to ensure you are getting the direct instruction you need. Let us get you prepared and cheer for you the whole way!
What to Expect from Your Dance Lessons
If you are in Irvine, Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio is the studio for you. We offer high-quality instruction, backed by the decades of experience of our staff. No two lessons are ever the same and we work to ensure your continuous growth as a dancer.
The program starts with an introductory lesson. This class is designed to give you a feel for the way we teach while also letting us get to understand what you need from us. By the end of the lesson, we will have a program designed for you. Starting on your first day, we give you the individual attention Arthur Murray Dance Studio is known for.
Teaching Irvine to Dance
No matter where you are in Irvine, Arthur Murray Lake Forest Dance Studio is easy to reach. Take either the I-5 or the I-405 and you will be here in no time. Give us a call or go ahead and pop in at our studio to learn about our new student special and the dances we teach. We are so excited to work with you!