Arthur Murray Dance Studio near Ladera Ranch
When residents of Ladera Ranch seek reliable dance instruction, they turn to the experts at Arthur Murray Dance Centers. That’s because we provide Lake Forest and Orange County’s best combination of quality training, convenience, affordability and dance excitement. From a thorough grounding in the basics to the development of highly advanced skills, you can rely on us to identify your needs and support each and every one of your dance floor goals. Whether you favor stately ballroom styles or honky tonk favorites, we’ve got you covered.
Dances We Teach
If you’ve seen performances of the Waltz, Vienna Waltz, Tango or Foxtrot, then you’re familiar with the ballroom classics found in the smooth and standard category. These dances share one central feature in common: flowing lower body movement combined with minimal upper body movement. We teach all four of the main styles in this category. In addition, we teach the Quickstep, which ups the pace and has a lighter overall feel.
Swing & Rhythm Dances
We teach six dances in this perennially popular category. Five of these steps — the Jitterbug, Jive, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop — are swing variations that have their roots in early 20th century’s big band era. The sixth dance is a two-person form of the Hustle, a rhythm style that lit up dance floors throughout the disco craze of the 1970s.
You can find high-energy Latin dance steps to suit all environments, from the ballroom to a club dance floor or backyard celebration. We specialize in four formal styles in this beloved category: the Paso Doble, Cha-Cha, Samba and Rumba. We also specialize in four informal styles: the Merengue, Bolero, Salsa and Mambo. Rhythmic intensity, a love of self-expression and a grounding in South and Central America traditions underlie all eight Latin steps.
Country Western Dances
The musical traditions that fuel country western dance extend as far back as the 1700s and span the country from coast to coast. And steps in this category maintain their enduring popularity here in the 21st century. Choose from any one of seven dances that will have you boot-scooting across the floor, including the Country Shuffle, Country Triple, Progressive Two-Step, Country Western Waltz, Texas Two-Step, West Coast Swing and Country Swing.
Instead of coming from a single dance tradition, styles in this category have mixed backgrounds that can include everything from ballroom steps to the prominent rhythms of Africa and Latin America. Our instructors will show you everything you need to know to perform some of the most popular specialty dances. Choose from the Zouk, Bachata, Argentine Tango and Nightclub Two-Step.
Reasons for Taking Dance Lessons
Dancing at a Wedding
Whether you’re a guest or a member of the main party, dancing is a common focus at weddings of all kinds. For a relatively casual or informal wedding, you may only need to sharpen up a few basic skills in the buildup to the big day. However, you may also need to invest enough time to learn the details of a formal dance style for certain types of traditional or themed ceremonies.
Social gatherings around the world feature dancing as a casual activity. This means that if you have a few basic moves in your repertoire, you automatically have a way to connect with other people and increase your enjoyment. Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have some experience, a trained instructor can show you how to perform a single casual dance or help you add multiple dances to your skill set.
TV dance competitions are now a common feature of everyday life. However, you don’t have be a public figure to enjoy the thrill of pitting your skills against those of other seasoned dancers. Whether you’re an experienced performer seeking to broaden your current abilities or a newcomer making long-term plans, an advanced dance class may form part of upcoming agenda.
Dancing at Special Events
You may be called upon to dance at a wide variety of special events, including class reunions, graduation parties, holiday parties, fundraisers and balls. Lessons from a trained instructor can prepare you for participation in any type of event. Lessons may be especially important if your upcoming event requires you to perform a specific style of dance, if you have no prior dancing experience or if you haven’t used your existing dance skills for an extended period of time.
The Arthur Murray Method
The Arthur Murray method emphasizes customization and freedom of choice. After taking an introductory lesson that gets your feet wet in the most essential dance skills, you can consult an instructor and create a detailed plan that meets your personal goals. If you just want to gain enough ability to dance confidently in social situations, your instructor will help you select classes that focus solely on this objective. However, if you have longer-term plans for developing advanced skills in your favored style(s) of dance, your instructor can just as readily help you create a plan that suits your needs. Even if you want to perform at a very high competitive level, we’ll show you the quickest path to success.
Dance enthusiasts across America recognize the name Arthur Murray. That’s because, for more than 100 years, we’ve served as the nation’s top outlet for affordable, convenient dance instruction. Whether you’re just starting out or have some prior experience, you’ll always receive the same unbeatable blend of teaching excellence and enthusiastic support and motivation.
Bringing Dance to Ladera Ranch
Situated in Orange County near the cities of Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch is an unincorporated, master-planned community of approximately 23,000. The community is organized around nine separate areas or villages, each of which has its own playgrounds, parks and other recreational outlets. In addition, residents of Ladera Ranch enjoy access to hiking and biking trails, 18 community-wide parks, two shopping centers, a skate park and a water park.
Arthur Murray is proud to bring dance to Ladera Ranch and the rest of Orange County. Local residents can visit us at our convenient Lake Forest studio, located at 24302 Swartz Drive. Whether you want to schedule classes during the day or after business hours, we have times available to suit the needs of your busy schedule. Take advantage of our introductory lesson today.