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 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.
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 Although these are considered the classic dances, they are by no means out-of-date and continue to be favorites on the dance floor.
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.
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.
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.
Ballroom Dancing Classes
Ballroom dancing classes have seen an upsurge with the broadcast of shows such as “Dancing With the Stars.” These partner dances were forgotten about by many, but their newfound popularity has people clamoring for lessons. Arthur Murray Dance Studio has operated for Over 100 years with the mission of teaching the world to dance. Our dance studio instructors are carefully selected to help you achieve your goals in a fun, friendly environment. Call us today if you are ready to get started!
Types of Ballroom Dance Classes
Many people think of couples dancing as ballroom dancing. While the lines have been blurred a bit in modern times, typical ballroom dancing is more selective in the actual dances it incorporates. Most often, the term ballroom dancing refers to the 10 dances incorporated within the Standard Ballroom set. This includes the Slow Waltz and Viennese waltz, as well as the Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso doble, and Jive.
Many American dance studios also incorporate the East Coast Swing, Bolero, and Mambo. Each type of dance is set apart by the amount of bars per minute and the signature dance movements of the style. For instance, the Tango is danced 31–33 bars per minute in 4/4 time, while the Samba is 50–52 bars per minute in 2/4 time.
At Arthur Murray Dance Studio, we specialize in teaching the East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Foxtrot, as well as three types of waltzes. The waltzes featured in our ballroom dancing classes are the Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and Country Western Waltz. These dances are great basics to perform at your wedding and can also serve as a base for more competitive dancers, or those who want to take their ballroom dance classes to the next level.
With studios in Princeton and Montclair, Arthur Murray Dance Studio is able to meet to your schedule. Visit our listing of events to learn more about our ballroom dancing classes and special pricing for the location closest to you!
Call today or get started immediately with our introductory special. We can’t wait to introduce you to our wonderful program of ballroom dance classes!