theDance Lessons in Phoenixwith Arthur Murray
The first account of ballroom dance was recorded in Europe by French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. He spoke of a gathering in Germany where couples danced so closely that their noses touched. Unlike anything he had seen before, he was captivated by the movement.
Romantic, poised, and mesmerizing.
Today, ballroom dance is a fantastic way to connect with your body, learn a new skill, socialize, and have fun with a partner. Ballroom dancing is the art of moving together as one, with dancers gliding across the floor as a unit.
Dance Styles We Teach
Arthur Murray teaches several different dance styles with many variations. We invite beginners and experienced dancers to join any class to get a taste for the style of dance.
Waltz is known to be the oldest of modern ballroom dance forms, born in the mountains of Austria and neighborhoods of Vienna in the 13th century. To ‘waltz’ means to “revolve”, since dancers seemed to float over the floor together. Waltz is slower than the Viennese Waltz and consists of a 1-2-3 step pattern.Learn More
Swing dancing is an energetic dance consisting of kicks, turns, and acrobatic lifts. Not only is swing dance an incredibly fun activity, but it is a wonderful way to improve coordination, flexibility, and overall fitness.Learn More
Salsa dance is adored for its emphasis on musicality and partner connection. Salsa dancing and its variations feature a basic step which can be diverse with a wide range of footwork and styling.Learn More
Country Western Dancing
Country dancing is often performed in a group setting and may involve intricate footwork and partner work. Country western dancing is an incredibly popular dance style here in Arizona, so if you’re going to the rodeo or the saloon, make sure you have a few steps ready!Learn More
Looking to have fun and let loose? Then social dancing is for you. Social dancing is less formal than performative dancing and is meant to be enjoyed while socializing.Learn More
Ballroom dances are smooth and graceful, requiring strong use of the feet and close proximity to your partner. The romantic nature of ballroom dances makes them the most popular for Weddings and Anniversaries (the waltz in particular).
If you can walk, you can dance— and dancing can be easy when taught by an Arthur Murray expert. We teach dance in simple, basic elements, from which the steps are derived. There is no age limit. Our oldest students are over 70. The youngest are usually in their early teens. Hundreds of thousands have been successfully trained in Arthur Murray Dance Studios.
Our instructors are experts in dance and competent in form. Your teachers are selected to best suit your needs and style of learning. To qualify as Arthur Murray teachers, they must complete an extensive and rigorous training regimen.
Our studio is open Tues-Fri from 12:45pm – 9:45pm, and Saturday from 11:00am – 4:00pm.
You will learn the very latest steps in any social dance – Salsa, Swing, Hustle, Samba, Merengue, Fox Trot, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Waltz, Tango, and others.
After establishing a strong foundation, you will be able to analyze the new steps and pick them up on your own without difficulty. However, many students return or continue because they enjoy their lessons and the dancing friends they’ve acquired.
Dancing is a lifetime investment in fun, poise, confidence, and new friends. Beyond these, dancing is a superb physical conditioner – providing fun without working at it. It opens up a wonderful new world of togetherness and a thriving year-round social calendar!