Dances Arthur Murray® Teaches

Your Arthur Murray® Professional Dance Trainers are carefully selected and specially trained, then tested and certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association, to teach with the excellence that you have come to expect from the Arthur Murray® Schools of Dance.

Arthur Murray® Schools of Dance have the highest dance standard and will teach you the latest steps for the most popular social dances, as well as any of the many well loved favorites and timeless classic styles of dancing. Arthur Murray® teaches Ballroom, Social, Latin, Night Club and Country Western Styles including:

Waltz, Cha-Cha, Swing, Tango, Fox-Trot, Rumba, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Samba, Mambo, Viennese Waltz, Quick Step, Paso Doble, Lindy Hop, Bolero, Hustle, Country Western Two-Step, 10-Step, Country Waltz, Country Swing, Schottische, Cowboy Cha-Cha, and more!

Waltz

Considered the Mother of our present dances, the Waltz began in southern Germany in the seventeenth century. The popularity of the Waltz grew with the music of Johann Strauss and eventually blossomed in the 20th century as the Hesitation Waltz. It is the basis for many dances and is popular today, all over the world.

The Waltz gives dancers the nicest kind of chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.

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Cha-Cha

Probably the most popular Latin dance in the U.S., the Cha-Cha began as a part of the Mambo. It was so easy and so much fun, it became the rage of the early 1950's. It's infectious one-two, one-two-three, rhythm demands that sitters become dancers. Everybody can learn the Cha-Cha, and they should.

The Cha-Cha is the dance where you can relax and let your personality show.

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Swing

The Lindy picked up where the Charleston left off. It had "swing-outs", "break-aways" and "shine-steps". With the birth of "Swing" music in the mid 1930's the Lindy climbed the social ladder. In August of 1935, at the Polomar Ballroom, bandleader Benny Goodman played a Fletcher Henderson arrangement of "Stompin' at the Savoy". The rest, as they say, is history. The dance craze swept the nation, depending on where you lived, it was the Jitterbug, the Lindy, or the Swing.

The Swing brings forth a buoyant personality and the sprightliness of the dance becomes contagious.

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Tango

The Tango began in the West Indies and found its way to Argentina where it was stylized by the Gauchos to its present form. It became the romantic rage in 1921, after the silent screen star Rudolph Valentino brought the dance to millions in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". Today it is considered a "dancer's dance" and is a favorite of all who learn to dance the Tango.

The Tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances and is earthy and dramatic.

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Fox-Trot

Said by some to have been originated by Harry Fox (1913). It is now a standard ballroom dance the world over and serves as a good foundation for social dances in 2/4 or 4/4 time. NOTE: See also Two Step.

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Rumba

The Rumba was the beginning of Cuban and Latin American dance crazes. Danced to music inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies, the Americanized Rumba was the basis for the Mambo and Cha-Cha in the U.S. Music called Salsa perpetuates the popularity of the Rumba all over the world.

The Rumba sharpens your sense of rhythm, timing, and muscular control.

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Salsa

This is a favored name for a type of Latin music which, for the most part, has its roots in Cuban culture and is enhanced by jazz textures. The word, Salsa, means sauce denoting a "hot" flavor and is best distinguished from other Latin music styles by defining it as the New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians in New York. The dance structure is largely associated with mambo type patterns and has a particular feeling that is associated mainly with the Clave and the Montuno.

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Merengue

There are two schools of thought as to how this captivating dance began. One says it started as a peasant dance in the Dominican Republic by African slaves. The dragging of one leg relieved chafing of leg irons. Another says a returning war hero, a General Maringie, danced, dragging an injured leg. Today the exciting rhythms of the Merengue inspire dancers all over the world to move with the intoxicating beat of the Merengue.

Animation comes from having fun and being willing to show it-this is the Merengue.

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West Coast Swing

A stylized Swing dance popular west of the Mississippi from Kansas to California. Danced in a slot to medium to slow Swing or Disco music and characterized by slot movements, taps and shuffles, coaster steps, and push and pull action of the dancers.

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Samba

The national dance of Brazil became the rage of Brazilian society in the 1930's but began as an exhibition dance in Paris in 1905. Movie Star & Singer Carmen Miranda is credited with making the dance popular in the U.S. in the early 1940's. It is extremely popular today because it is easily adaptable to different tempos. Everybody who lands in Rio must know how to dance the Samba.

The South American Waltz sparkles, happy and bubbly, and thus develops effervescence and spontaneity.

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Mambo

In the 1940's Americans became fascinated by Latin American rhythms. The Mambo combined American Jazz with the Afro-Cuban beat. For dancers, the Mambo was an exciting challenge. Arthur Murray Studios became famous for turning out some of the best Mambo dancers of the era. Today, the Mambo is exciting to dance and to watch.

The wild feeling within you that has to be released with certain restraint will explode in a harmony of movement in the Mambo.

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Viennese Waltz

With such wonderful composers as Johann Strauss and others, the Waltz became more and more refined. The steps became smaller with the turns smoother and more compact. Adding the graceful lilt of the flowing skirts we have today's Viennese Waltz.

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Lindy Hop

Named by Ray Bolger, after Colonel Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic. This Swing had as much "getting into the air" as possible. However, the violently acrobatic style used for exhibitions is not the same as the quietly rhythmic Lindy enjoyed by good dancers on the ballroom floor. The rhythmic patterns takes place over two measures of music. The more acrobatic versions were limited to ballrooms of which the most famous was the New York's Savoy Harlem. NOTE: At one time the Jitterbug included the Charleston, Black Bottom, Shag and Lindy Hop. It has now been consolidated into Lindy Hop in Eastern U.S. and on the West Coast the West Coast Swing.

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Bolero

Originally a Spanish dance in 3/4 time, it was changed in Cuba initially into 2/4 time then eventually into 4/4. It is now present as a very slow type of Rumba rhythm. The music is frequently arranged with Spanish vocals and a subtle percussion effect, usually implemented with Conga or Bongos.

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Hustle

The Hustle marked a return to popular dances where couples danced touching each other. In the early 1970's a modified Lindy Hop or Jitterbug became popular on the crowded dance floors of New York. It was called The Hustle, it is still popular today, and is danced to modern "disco" music based on Rhythm & Blues.

The Hustle gives us the fusion of Swing and Disco.

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Country Western Two-Step

The Two-Step originated in the 1800's by people who arrived here from Europe. It was an offspring of the minuet and they danced it as QQSS. In the old Western days when women were not allowed to dance with men, men danced together and that is the reason for the hard on the shoulder holding a can of beer and the other hand to the side. The only women who eventually danced with these men were Indian Squaws and that is where all the turns came about, because Indian women loved to spin. Two-step is a Western dance whose popularity has spread all over the United States.

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Schottische

A dance similar to the Polka. It is characterized by the clapping of hands after having taken three hopping steps. It is written in 4/4 time.

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