Dance Introduction


Here are some of the dances you can learn at Arthur Murray

At Arthur Murray, you can learn dances from all over the world.
Here are some of the most popular disciplines: waltz, tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha, and swing.

1. Waltz

The waltz is an elegant and graceful dance in the most traditional style danced to three-beat music.
It originated in southern Germany in the 17th century. The popularity of the waltz spread with the music of Johann Strauss and eventually blossomed in the 20th century.
If you learn the waltz, you will be able to dance it at formal balls.
The waltz is also an excellent first dance for a couple to perform at a wedding.

The waltz forms the basis of many dances and is still popular throughout the world today.

Its large curving turns and smooth movements are very graceful!

2. Tango

The tango is a dance that originated in the West Indies and was introduced to Argentina and stylized by gauchos.
Silent film star Rudolph Valentino made this romantic dance popular in 1921 when he performed it for countless people in "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".
In recent years, the dance has been performed in films such as "True Lies" and "Scent of a Woman".

3. Foxtrot

In 1913, vaudeville comedian Harry Fox performed the trot (fast steps) to ragtime music in the "1913 Ziegfeld Follies" (a variety show presented by showman Florenz Ziegfeld).
So impressive was the trot that it overshadowed all other trotters and eventually became the most popular dance in the United States, remaining a standard for ballroom dancing to this day.

4. Rumba

Rumba is a dance that originated from the Cuban and Latin American dance craze. Rumba is danced to music inspired by African rhythms and Spanish melodies, and with American elements, rumba became the basis for the mambo and cha-cha in the United States. Rumba rhythms led to other popular musical genres such as country westerns, blues, and rock and roll.

note: This rumba belongs to the category of American rhythms in competitions, and the music is different from the English-style rumba, which is danced from the rhythm SQQ and counts to 1.

5. Cha cha

The Cha Cha, one of the most popular Latin dances in the United States, began as a variation of the mambo called the triple mambo, but it took the world by storm in the early 1950s because it was so memorable and fun.
The cha-cha's lively, one-two, one-two-three rhythm has a certain charm that makes even those who are watching it want to start dancing. The Cha Cha is a dance that anyone can learn.

At Arthur Murray, we teach mainly American-style Cha Cha, but we also offer lessons in English-style Cha Cha and country-style Cha Cha.

6. Swing

Swing dancing (Lindy), began under the influence of Charleston, where "swing out," "breakaway," and "shine step" existed. The social recognition of the Lindy came with the birth of "swing" music in the mid-1930s.

In the summer of 1935, bandleader Benny Goodman performed "Stomp at the Savoy," based on Fletcher Henderson's arrangement, at the Paloma Ballroom in Los Angeles, and you probably already know what followed! I'm sure many of you already know what happened after that. This dance became very popular and, depending on where you lived, became jilba, lindy pop, or swing. Since that time, subsequent generations have continued to "discover" the fun of swing. This most American of dances is enjoyed all over the world.