During your one-on-one private lessons, you will receive personalized instruction that will help you achieve your goals in dancing. Your instructor will spend the time necessary on technique, styling and general dance improvement. An up-to-date record of everything you have learned will be kept as part of your instruction.
Group lessons are an important addendum to your private instruction. They give you the opportunity to dance with a variety of partners, develop good dance habits and meet other students in the studio.
In group lessons we emphasize technique, style and variation of patterns. You may be taught materials that your regular instructor hasn’t introduced you to yet. Additionally, material that has been introduced will be reviewed and practiced for improvement.
Group lessons are held for different dances and levels. Please ask your teacher for the schedule and take advantage of another fine way to help you become a more proficient and confident dancer.
We hold scheduled dance parties (practice sessions) for all our students. These practice parties are held twice a week. You will have fun dancing with the instructors and students in a relaxed and comfortable environment. This gives you the opportunity to practice and try out all the new dance skills that you’ve learned in your private and group lessons.
Originally a Spanish dance in 3/4 time, it was changed in Cuba into 2/4 time and then eventually into 4/4 time. It is now present as a very slow type of Rumba rhythm. This dance is often said to have the rise and fall of Waltz, the contra-body motion of Tango, and the rhythm of Rumba. It is a favorite of dancers, as it incorporates many techniques similar to other dances to create a slow, sensual, romantic dance.
The Cha-Cha adds fun to your dancing through it’s syncopated steps and many open movements. When you can dance many interesting combinations with ease, you and your partner will be able to feel the pulsating latin rhythms which make this dance so fascinating. The energetic rhythm of the Cha-Cha encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show.
Fox Trot is a dance from which you can acquire a basic foundation. Learning to combine steps easily and smoothly teaches variety and maneuverability. The Fox Trot posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. Being able to dance to slow, medium, and fast tempos will add confidence to your dancing and will assure fun and relaxation for your partner. The Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the ‘get-acquainted’ or ‘first impression’ dance.
Hustle originated in the 1970’s Disco Era and was popularized by John Travolta in the movie ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ Both the music and the dance swept the country like wildfire, and although the white suits and gold chains have faded away, the dance has stayed, giving us the fusion of Swing and Disco. Hustle is still one of the most popular nightclub dances across the country today.
Popular musical groups of today have revived interest in the musical styles from the original Lindy Hop Era and have fired the imagination and enthusiasm of a whole new generation of Lindy Hop dancers. However, the acrobatic style used for exhibitions is not the same as the quietly rhythmic Lindy enjoyed by most dancers on the ballroom floor.
Mambo is a fusion of Cuban and American dancing. The music is characterized by a stirring Afro-Cuban beat. Mambo is an exciting dance which allows you to develop your own feeling and expression. Because Mambo is such a fun dance, good Mambo dancers are always popular and in demand as partners. The wild exciting music, and rhythmical body movements make the earthy Mambo irresistible.
Merengue develops Cuban Motion and the ability to adapt to any partner. It is the only Latin dance that combines one-step timing with Cuban Motion and therefore is a help to all Latin dances. The march type beat sharpens timing & coordination and the proper use of the accent will develop a clearer interpretation of musical rhythm. Merengue is the simplest dance to learn. It’s uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music.
Learning the Rumba is a prerequisite for good Latin dancing. The Cuban Motion is essential in most Latin dances. The Rumba is used by good dancers everywhere and provides interesting variety suited to a limited space. Neat, attractive, precise footwork gives you confidence in your dancing. The Rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing, and muscular control.
Salsa is the Spanish word for ‘sauce’ denoting a ‘spicy’ and ‘hot’ flavor to this popular dance style to a complex mix of many different rhythms. There are indications the term Salsa was coined by radio disc jockeys in Puerto Rico as early as the 1960’s. Later associated with a New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians, Salsa is considered the national music and dance of Puerto Rico. The fusion of an Afro-Cuban beat with enhanced jazz textures results in an aggressive high energy pulse which has become popular everywhere. Many of the patterns are closely related to those of the Mambo and Cha-Cha.
Samba improves the flexibility of the body and helps achieve easy movement and lightness. The Samba rolling action teaches the body to be supple. To move lightly, quickly, and smoothly without effort takes study but only at the start. Although considered a good exercise, Samba should be danced smoothly and in a relaxed manner giving the appearance of effortless movement. Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm.
This dance is related to Fox Trot but is done with even timing and on smaller crowded nightclub floors. This is a great dance for couples who want to get out on the dance floor immediately. It is useful in jazzy nightclubs or lounges.
The Swing is a spot dance with a carefree relaxed style and is a dance easily mastered by most people. The various speeds are excellent training for quick footwork and good leading & following which will add comfort and ease in other rhythm dances. After mastering the patterns, both men and women will find Swing a fun and exciting dance to learn and practice. Perhaps the most uniquely American of all dances, the Swing brings forth a buoyant carefree movement. It’s one of the dances that becomes contagious.
In order to achieve the distinctive style of the Tango it is important to develop controlled staccato footwork, along with fluid graceful movements. The unique rhythm of the music is great training for timing and phrasing which develops as the dancer becomes more proficient. Tango practice is essential towards becoming a good dancer.
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 hand 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.
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.
Waltz develops balance and control. The basic Waltz steps are the foundation patterns used in most ballroom dances. Correct posture, rise and fall, and flowing movements should be stressed to achieve good styling. The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.
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Below you can find information about Arthur Murray and our staff. Every one of our instructors are full-time, allowing you to get the best for your investment.
The history of the Arthur Murray Dance Studios began in 1912 with Arthur himself. Arthur invented and pioneered many mainstays of ballroom dancing; using ‘footsteps’ to describe patterns, teaching people through a formal syllabus, and consistently researching the most emergent dances.
With his wife, Kathryn, Arthur created a trusted and recognized name that now spans 250 studios in 19 countries. His belief that dancing can truly change people’s lives continues in those studios, and the one in Redlands is no different.
George’s dream has always been to inspire and motivate people all over the world through the art form of dance. He feels such joy whenever he dances and sharing that passion with people is a blessing. George started dancing at a young age, inspired by the movie ‘Dance With Me,’ and music artist Janet Jackson. He fell in love with learning dance, everything from Jazz and Ballet to Hip Hop. He started Salsa dancing when he was a young adult. Although he was a Hip Hop superstar in his own right, like most men at the club, he was very shy when it came to partnership dancing. After many weeks of going and being a wallflower, he finally dipped in to the Hot, Spicy Salsa. He was a natural! Since then he has never looked back. Although Salsa was his first love, George is now a certified Dance Instructor in both American style Smooth and Rhythm. Join him and his staff and be part of the wonderful passion they have at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Pasadena.
Wendy began her dancing at the early age of five, studying ballet and tap at the local parks and recreation in Downey. This led to a lifelong passion of movement and expression. She dabbled in tumbling at around age seven and also studied a little piano. Later on her growing interest in dance led her to discover jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop and even cultural dances such as African and Flamenco dance. During her college years she was a part of the theater and dance department where she has been nominated for and received scholarships and performed on stage. Wendy was exposed to the world of ballroom dance as an adult, and it’s been her opportunity to use all of her dance experiences in one art form. She joined the Arthur Murray Pasadena team in 2010 and has been happily teaching here ever since! She loves to share this passion with others and can’t wait to teach people how to have fun on the dancefloor! To quote Jaques d’Ambroise, “Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.”
Lauren knew her passion for dancing since she was a toddler. She began dancing in a performing arts company around the age of seven and was exposed to jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and even singing. As a teenager, Lauren walked into an Arthur Murray to learn ballroom and never looked back.
Lauren began competing in multiple pro/am competitions all over the country with some of the top coaches. She consistently placed at the top of her division and soon realized her dream was to share her passion of dancing by becoming an instructor. Now, as an instructor for the Arthur Murray Pasadena team, Lauren is thrilled to be able to help her students succeed in ballroom dancing .
Zack began dancing at an early age. Having a love for music he was able to express himself within all genres. Music has always moved Zack with drive and inspiration to live a humble life with love and laughter – dance just amplifies his desire to share his love and passion for music with others who enjoy it as well.
For most couples their wedding day is considered to be the most important day of their lives. The highlight of any reception and the image most guests will remember is that of the first dance. That’s why many prospective brides and grooms want to give a more polished and graceful performance on their big day. They are increasingly opting to take dance lessons to help prepare for what may be the performance of their lives. Don’t be caught unprepared for the moment that will last a lifetime.
Learning to dance is a special gift that you and your spouse-to-be can give to each other that will completely transform your wedding and add joy and romance to your marriage for years to come. A couple who feels confident and poised when they dance together will ensure that their very first dance together as husband and wife will be a memory they will cherish forever.
The Arthur Murray Schools of Dance offer special all inclusive wedding programs to help you with your first dance. These dance programs can also be designed to help you in learning the most popular social dances to enjoy at your fun-filled wedding reception, nightclub dancing on your honeymoon, exciting date nights during your life together, and romantic dinner/dancing vacations and anniversary celebrations. You may also be considering Father/Daughter or Mother/Son dances at your wedding. Whatever your situation requires, Arthur Murray can plan you a program just as unique as your wedding.
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Below, you’ll find many frequently asked questions about our studio and dancing. Feel free to click on a link to take you to a specific question and answer.
Getting started is easy. The first step is to schedule an introductory lesson with one of our trained instructors. During that lesson, your instructor will determine your current level and recommend an appropriate course for you to continue. To set up your introductory lesson now, call us at (909) 793 8140.
Yes. Dancing is as easy as walking once you are taught how by an Arthur Murray expert. We teach simple, basic elements, from which the steps are derived. Hundreds of thousands of people have been successfully trained in Arthur Murray Dance Studios. There is no age limit. Our oldest students are over 70. The youngest are usually in their early teens.
The length of your course will depend on how many dances you want to learn and how proficient you wish to become in each dance. However, you will be able to dance after your first lesson.
Tuition varies, depending on a number of factors e.g., how good you want to be, what dances you want to learn, and your dance schedule. After your first lesson, your instructor will recommend a program and will be able to answer any questions, so you will have the knowledge to make an informed choice.
Tuition is generally paid in advance, especially for Foundation Programs. However, financing and other arrangements are also available. Since these are determined on a case by case basis, please ask in person, and we will be glad to give you all the details.
You can 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 getting a good foundation, you will be able to analyze the new steps and pick them up yourself without difficulty. However, many students return or continue because they enjoy their lessons and the dancing friends they’ve acquired.
You can take your lessons any time you wish. Our studio is open Mon-Fri from 1pm-10pm, and Saturday by appointment only.
Yes. All Arthur Murray teachers must complete an arduous training regimen, making them very competent. Your teachers will be selected to best suit your particular needs and style of learning.
At our studio, we want your lessons to be relaxing and fun. There is no enforced dress code of any sort for our students from the ankles up. We do recommend some shoes appropriate for dancing, however. For gentlemen, wear a leather soled dress shoe. For ladies, a small-heeled pump that is secure on the foot will be fine.
Try to avoid dancing in tennis shoes or other heavily-treaded shoes, as they will stick to the floor and make instruction difficult. Also try to avoid flip-flops or other shoes that will slip off of your foot if you walk backwards.
For our practice party sessions, staff and students often dress up in costume.
Dancing is our first line of social activity. Good dancing is a lifetime investment in fun, poise, confidence, improved personality, 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!
At the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Redlands, we teach both single students and couples. Single students will be paired with their instructor for private lessons, and they will be able to dance with students and staff at our group classes and practice parties.
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