Dances We Teach

Learn many popular dance styles, history, basic moves, steps & songs!

They say that dance is a great way to express your emotions. While this may sound like such a cliché, the quote seems to have endured throughout the years mainly because there’s truth to it. It’s wise to choose an activity that encourages you to express your very own creativity. Now it all boils down to that one question: So you think you can dance? Definitely!

Rhythm & Latin Dances

Socially, the following dances fall under the category of latin and/or rhythm:

Salsa is the Spanish word for “sauce” denoting a “spicy” and “hot” flavor to this popular dance style to a complex mix of many different rhythms.

The Swing is a spot dance with a carefree relaxed style and is a dance easily mastered by most people.

Learning the Rumba is a prerequisite for good Latin dancing. The Cuban Motion is essential in most Latin dances.

The Cha-Cha adds fun to your dancing through it’s syncopated steps and many open movements.

Merengue develops Cuban Motion and the ability to cue is the simplest dance to learn.

Mambo is a fusion of Cuban and American dancing.

The Bolero is a favorite of dancers, as it incorporates many techniques similar to other dances to create a slow, sensual, romantic dance.

Hustle originated in the 1970′s Disco Era and was popularized by John Travolta in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”

West Coast Swing is a stylized Swing dance popular west of the Mississippi from Kansas to California.

Samba should be danced smoothly and in a relaxed manner giving the appearance of effortless movement. Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm.

Jitterbug is also known as single-time swing. It is usually done to faster Swing music and is a highly energetic and expressive dance.

Smooth and Standard Dances

Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the “get-acquainted” or “first impression” dance.

The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.

Quickstep is the English version of the Fast Fox Trot, which has quick hopping steps set in with the smoother gliding figures. It is very popular in Europe as a competition dance. It ranks among the “Big Five.”

The Tango is one of the most beautiful and dramatic of all the dances. Learning the Tango, you’ll develop controlled staccato footwork along with fluid graceful movements.

Country Western Dances

Here at Arthur Murray, we have an entire Country Western Syllabus that teaches many of the popular dances. And for those of you who have aspirations of competition, these dances can be found at nearly every event that we attend. The following is a list of dances found in our Country Western Syllabus:

West Coast Swing is a stylized Swing dance popular west of the Mississippi from Kansas to California. 

Country Triple This dance resembles East Coast Swing, however, the rock step is replaced with walking steps and the dance becomes a progressive dance down the floor.

Country Western Waltz – This is the Country Western counterpart to the Ballroom Waltz.

Texas Two-Step is done to slower tempos of music. 

Country Swing is also referred to as 4 count Swing or Pony swing and is characterized by its use of continuous rock steps. This is an easy dance to learn and is often fun for those looking to get out on the dance floor immediately.

Country Shuffle is the Western version of Polka. 

Specialty Dances

The following are miscellaneous dances that are taught at Arthur Murray. If you are interested in learning a specific dance and are not sure whether we teach it or not, please feel free to contact us.

The Polka was introduced to society in 1844.

Slow Dance – This dance is related to Fox Trot but is done with even timing and on smaller crowded nightclub floors.

The Argentenian Tango caused a sensation and was soon to be seen the world over.

Night Club Two-Step – This dance is an easy playful dance that can be done to many pop songs.

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