Dances We Teach

Whether you are preparing for a special event, looking for a new hobby, or want to impress your friends, the Arthur Murray Dance Centers in Princeton and Montclair, NJ are here with expert instructors to get you out on the dance floor. Our instruction is customized to meet you at your dance level and help you reach your goals.

Dance Styles

Dance is a form of expression through movement and here at the Arthur Murray Dance Centers you are sure to find the styles that perfectly fit each and every sentiment. We will take you beyond the fundamentals and help you master the Smooth, Rhythm, Swing, Country or Specialty dances.

Smooth/Standard Dances

These are considered the ‘classic ballroom dances’ and are characterized by sweeping, graceful movements, complimented by strong stance of elegance and poise. This style of dance includes the Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep. Although these are considered the classic dances, they are by no means out-of-date and continue to be favorites on the dance floor.

Rhythm/Latin Dances

The Rhythm or Latin dance style remains truly popular due to the resurgence of partnership dancing in nightclubs. Characterized by compact, rhythmical movements, these dances can be enjoyed no matter how much, or how little space you might find on the dance floor. The speed and flavor of the music dictates the dance in this category which includes the Rumba, Samba, Bolero, Merengue, Mambo and Cha Cha, as well as the contemporary favorites – Bachata and Salsa. The Latin dances are an excellent choice for dancers looking to stand out in their local nightclubs, or at festivals or parties.

Swing Dances

Over the years and across the country, there have been over one hundred ‘dialects’ of Swing. Jitterbug and Lindy Hop, West Coast and Hustle, just to name a few; these fun, energetic dances have developed over the decades alongside American music. No matter if you love Big Band or Jazz, Rock or Disco, the Swing style of dancing allows the dancer to incorporate the rhythms of the music with the freedom of personal expression.

Country Western Dances

Country dancing is alive and well! Country Western nightclubs have traditionally been known for their spacious dance floors since everyone who goes, goes to dance! This dance style includes Two-Step, Three-Step, Country Western Waltz, Texas Two-Step, Shuffle and Triple (also known as the Polka). These dances share a lot in common with their Ballroom and Swing counterparts, which allows a good dancer to learn multiple styles at the same time.

Specialty Dances

The styles of the Specialty dances are a varied as the dances in this category, including Nightclub Two-Step, Argentine Tango, Milonga, Tango Vals, Zouk, and Samba de Gafieira. These dances draw from the other styles as well as from a variety of cultures and time periods to bring new flavors to the world of dance. The professionals here at the Arthur Murray Dance Centers are always broadening their dance knowledge as new dances become popular or old ones regain popularity.