Arthur Murray Dance Studio near San Juan Capistrano
Arthur Murray is the number one source for dance education in San Juan Capistrano and the many other vibrant communities in the Lake Forest area. That’s because we’re pioneers in combining top-quality instruction with a fun, encouraging environment and the very best in convenience and affordability. No matter your dancing goals or stylistic preferences, you’ll find plenty to choose from in our comprehensive selection of course options. Even if you’ve never set foot on a dance floor in your entire life, the Arthur Murray method will help get you moving.
Dances We Teach
Swing & Rhythm Dances
Five of our swing and rhythm dances — the Jive, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing — are ever-popular products of the big band jazz craze that first began nearly a century ago. In addition, we teach a two-person variety of the non-swing Hustle, a rhythm dance well-known by fans of the disco era. Movement of the hips, knees and arms is common ground for all six dances in this category.
This ballroom-centered category features two beloved steps performed in 3/4 time, the Waltz and Vienna Waltz. It also features two equally well-known steps, the Foxtrot and Tango, performed in 4/4 time. In addition, our instructors are experts in the Quickstep, a lighter step that resembles a faster-paced version of the Foxtrot. Flowing lower body movement is the key component of all five smooth and standard dances.
Country Western Dances
Country western dance styles have their roots in America’s long, blended tradition of country music, western music and folk music. At Arthur Murray, we teach seven of the most well-known regional and nationwide classics: the Texas Two-Step, Country Shuffle, Country Western Waltz, Progressive Two-Step, Country Swing, West Coast Swing and Country Triple. You’ll find an option to suit any dance hall, honky tonk or private get-together.
Latin styles are popular almost anywhere where people appreciate rhythmic power and expressive flair in the ballroom or on the dance floor. We specialize in four steps that we intensity with formal control: the Rumba, Samba, Cha-Cha and Paso Doble. Our instructors can also show you the ins and outs of four eternally popular informal steps: the Mambo, Salsa, Bolero and Merengue.
Most of the dances we teach are based in a single stylistic, historical or musical tradition. However, our curriculum also includes specialty dances, a wide-ranging selection of steps that are the product of cross-connections between different traditions. Specialty options available to you include the Bachata, Argentine Tango, Bachata and Zouk.
Reasons for Taking Dance Lessons
If you’re like many people, your love for casual dancing outstrips your current abilities on the dance floor. This truth applies to dancing newcomers, as well as experienced performers who’d like to add new moves to their repertoire. While you could try to learn casual steps on your own, reliance on a qualified instructor will simplify and shorten the process, in addition to boosting your chances of developing quality dance skills.
Dancing at a Wedding
Weddings across America feature some sort of dancing after the formal ceremony comes to a close. If you want to participate, you may have to perform in a specific style that suits a programmed theme. In other cases, you may have the liberty to bring any style you like to the dance floor. Whether wedding dance options are planned or freeform, lessons from a qualified teacher can provide you with foundation needed to impress your fellow guests, family members or VIPs.
Dancing at Special Events
A wide variety of special events feature a major or minor dance component. If you receive an invitation to a dance-oriented event, or host such an event, you’ll want to make sure that your current skills are a match for the event’s program or theme. Whether it’s a fundraising gala, anniversary party or class reunion, a few lessons with a professional instructor will sharpen your existing skills or help you develop new ones.
Competitive dancing has only recently entered the spotlight of American pop culture. Despite this fact, competitions have long formed a vital part of the wider dance community. Some people take up dancing with the intention of eventually developing competition-level skills. However, you may also decide to take up competitive dancing only after developing your abilities through previous classes.
The Arthur Murray Method
Whatever your motivation for learning how to dance, the famous Arthur Murray method begins with an introductory lesson that exposes you to the most fundamental skills common to various performance styles. Upon completion of this lesson, the next step is to meet with one of our instructors and develop a customized training plan that’s tailored to your personal dance objectives. Some students only want to take enough classes to learn how to perform a solid version of a single dance. However, other students want to continue taking lessons until they can perform at an advanced level, or even take part in formal competitions.
Dance trends may come and go, but Arthur Murray remains America’s premier source for dance instruction. When you take lessons from us, you can rest assured that you’ll receive expert teaching from a professional who knows how to make the learning process fun and interactive. From absolute beginner to seasoned performer, we have something to offer dance enthusiasts of all interests and abilities.
Bringing Dance to San Juan Capistrano
Located near the coast in southeast Orange County, the City of San Juan Capistrano grew up in association with the famous Mission San Juan Capistrano, which still stands today. The community of roughly 36,000 serves as the home of several important milestones in California history, including the state’s first residential neighborhood, first vineyard and winery, and oldest building still in use. San Juan Capistrano is also well-known for its extremely diverse residential architecture (dating back to the 1700s) and its cliff swallow habitat.
Arthur Murray’s local studio at 24302 Swartz Drive in Lake Forest is just a short drive away from San Juan Capistrano. No matter what time of day you have available to attend class, you’ll find plenty of options in our convenient daytime and after hours scheduling format. Call today to arrange your $20 introductory lesson and learn more about the unique Arthur Murray method of quality dance instruction.