Dance Classes in Seattle
Seattle, the largest city in Washington, is a rich blend of culture, art, community, industry, and technology. On the cutting edge of the business world, Seattle is also home to our Arthur Murray Schools of Dance in Seattle and North Seattle.
Our Seattle studio trains:
Casual dancers – Add an energizing social activity
to your routine, get to know your partner better,
or prepare for dancing in a special event
Competitive ballroom dancers
Polish your technique and
add to your repertoire as a
130 Western Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
Just minutes from Seattle
Our Seattle Arthur Murray School of Dance is easily accessible to residents of downtown, located just a few blocks away from the Museum of Pop Culture, the Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Seattle Space Needle.
Our Studio is on Elliot Avenue, WA
Groups, couples, and individuals at all levels of ability are welcome. We are easily accessible to residents in Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Pike Place, and Magnolia.
Sandy just moved to Seattle and keeps telling her co-workers that she can’t come out with them when they invite her to go dancing. After a few lessons at Arthur Murray – she no longer can say no!
Weddings and Special Events
Are you learning or choreographing a group dance number for a special event? We’ll help you with choreography and get your whole group confidently dancing their part.
You’ll learn to dance in a comfortable atmosphere, to your maximum technical proficiency.
Lessons are structured to fit schedules, to get you ready for the big day. Join us at our studio in Seattle.
Dance Styles for Casual Practice or Dancesport
Your first steps as a dancer should be to find the style of dance that speaks to you.
Finding the right dance style inspires self-expression.
You’ll find that you move more naturally to particular types of music and movement.
Some examples of the styles and dance classes offered at our Seattle studio are below.
You’ll find Latin ballroom dancing as well as some distinctly US American styles.
The sweeping, slow tempo of the bolero is the main source of its beauty. It is romantic, emotional, deliberate. There are no foot flicks. Instead, drama is produced by articulating the sweeping rhythms and simply feeling the music. It works well with music that laments, whether it’s a beautiful Spanish guitar or a love song by Whitney Houston or The Cure.
“And-a cha, cha, cha!” That’s just one of the rhythms of this Cuban-born dance. Staccato movements on a steady 4/4 beat. Beginners start by learning to dance on the beat. As skill level progresses, it’s possible to layer more complex patterns and personal flourishes into the steps. The cha-cha is fun and full of personality.
Country songs both traditional and modern inspire the glides, steps, taps, and turns. It’s hard to go wrong with this unique style, with or without cowboy boots.
The Foxtrot is a study in rhythm, figures, and positions. The style is classic and rhythmic, danced to big band or those great ‘50s rock’n’roll records (though the dance has been around since the ‘10s, ‘20s, and ‘30s). History buffs might enjoy this little fact: our fearless founder Arthur Murray is credited with standardizing the style so that it could be taught.
Inspired by classic disco of the ‘70s, the Hustle still finds its soul on the dance floor. These days, the music can be electronica, hip hop, or even post-punk with that underlying disco beat. Turns, spins, and wraps are featured heavily in this dance style.
From the Mambo came the Cha-Cha and Salsa styles. The Afro-Cuban beat of the Mambo inspires high energy and flirtatious partnering. What was that dance that Johnny taught Baby in Dirty Dancing? That’s right – the Mambo.
The Merengue is a style of Dominican dance and music. Dancers keep a steady marching beat and articulate from the core of the body, drawing patterns along the floor.
The Quickstep is just like it sounds – upbeat with brisk footwork. Dancers must look elegant and agile. You’ll need to bring high energy and attention to detail for this light-hearted style.
“Rumba” is an umbrella term for several flavors of music from different regions around the world, but the ballroom Rhumba is based on Afro-Cuban rhythms. The style uses Cuban Motion and steps are similar to the cha-cha, but at a slower pace.
Salsa is a spicy nightclub favorite that combines traditional Latin steps with improvised movements. It’s a sexy evolution of the Cha-Cha and Mambo.
The high energy and soul of Brazil is encapsulated in the Samba. It was on full display during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics opening ceremonies, and its many regional variants can be seen at the yearly Carnival (Carnaval do Brasil). This is a sexy dance that attracts confidence. And even if you don’t come with confidence, you’ll certainly leave with some.
“Swing” can include styles like the Lindy Hop, Balboa, and the Charleston. The essential character is jazzy and vigorous. No matter the style or speed it’s danced at, swing dancing is contagiously fun.
Gracefully danced at an exhilarating tempo, this is not the slow 1-2-3 that you might expect when you hear “waltz.” This is the Viennese variant, where a fast pace meets poise. This waltz is your opportunity to embody “grace under pressure”!
The tango is yearning and intricate, danced in an embrace. Danced best to sultry or emotional music with a strong beat, this tango is all about partner dynamics. Partners must learn to be sensitive to each other’s steps. Improvisation. Emotion. Unspoken communication. These are the characteristics that bring a tango to life.
Seattle City Bio
With more than 3.8 million residents, Seattle is the largest city in Washington State, representing thriving business, tech, cultural, and art communities. As it is a top tourist destination, Seattle is highly diverse, bringing influencers from around the globe in business, education, health, and more. The Seattle Arthur Murray Dance School is right in the heart of the city, bringing dance to residents and visitors alike.
All of our instructors are skilled dancers who are there to grow your confidence. That means tailoring dance lessons to each
individual. Our goal is to guide you toward good technique and always nurturing a positive atmosphere.