How to find your own dancing style

How to find your own dancing style

If you have 6ft by 6ft of space in your living room (or bedroom, or garage, or even your bathroom!), then you DO have plenty of space to dance in!

Ready to put that room to use?

Here are 6 dance styles you can learn in your living room with just your body and the bare minimum of space.

1. Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance comes from the classic old school and new school party/social dances born from the greater Hip Hop culture of the 1970s.

Learn more about the origins of Hip Hop and Hip Hop culture here: What is Hip Hop?

Some popular Hip Hop moves include –

The Roger Rabbit

Since most of these moves originated at parties and clubs (where, if it's lit, you won't have a ton of space to move), you can easily learn and practice them right at home.

Just try the main 2 foundations first: the Bounce (up and down) and Rock (side to side) motions WITHOUT traveling. You'll be grooving with mostly your upper body, so it's really like you're at the club.

Not sure where to start your online Hip Hop training?

We've crafted an intro program on STEEZY Studio that'll teach you the most important foundational moves of Hip Hop in the most effective way!

2. Popping

Popping is a funky style that uses pops, glides, and more to create illusions and express yourself.

While popping comes with a set of very controlled foundational movements, like –

– the style is more about training your mind than training your body because it's most often executed at creativity-driven cyphers and freestyle sessions.

So, even if you have a particularly challenging space to work with or live on a top floor where you'll need to be quieter, a great Popping instructor will teach you how to make any space work for you.

Watch the STEEZY Squad's resident Popper, Claydohboon, demonstrate!

3. Jazz Funk

Jazz Funk is a dance style filled with powerful, fierce combos that will make you feel ready to jump on stage at a concert!

It's a great dance style to learn if you love the –

Sexy body rolls

Fun, sassy grooves

– you've seen in music videos!

Even the most famous of dancers, like CJ Salvador, Rie Hata, and Keone Madrid, started learning to dance by getting together with friends and copying routines from artists like N'Sync and Britney Spears at home!

These routines are often small-space-friendly and, by learning them at home, you'll have the perfect opportunity to go full out and BECOME Beyoncé – lip-syncing and all. ?

4. Dancehall

Dancehall is a fun, playful social dance style from the literal dance halls of Jamaica.

The whole style is based on singular moves, such as –

The Tour Di City

– so it's a convenient style to learn at home, at your own pace.

With each class being about 10 minutes, you can easily squeeze in a Dancehall session every day – and in just 1 week of dancing, you'll have 7 new moves under your belt.

If you live on an upper floor, just remember to wear quiet shoes, socks, or bare feet when practicing the bouncier moves!

5. Whacking

Whacking is an empowering style with a focus on sharp, fast arm movements, originating from the LGBTQ+ community.

It's ideal for at-home dancers who don't have a ton of floorspace, as you can master many of the foundational movements, including –

– without traveling across the floor.

Because Whacking is all about performance, this is the perfect style for practicing your posing! ?

Practice two different poses every day in your living room – you literally don't need any more space than what your body can physically take up, which most living rooms will have (unless you're like 7ft tall).

Read more about Whacking here: What is Whacking?

6. Choreography

Choreography can be ANY dance routine set to a popular song where the moves are inspired by multiple dance styles.

Watch this playlist of the most popular routines on STEEZY Studio, to see the wide range of choreographies you can learn:

Because choreography is so varied, you can tailor your dance training to the space you have available!

Live in an itty bitty apartment? Try learning something sharp, intricate, and controlled:

Live on an upper floor? Try learning something smooooothhh so you don't have to worry about loud stomps and jumps:

Got plenty of space? Go wild with floorwork and powerful combos:

There are so many ways to use choreos to become a better dancer – whatever “better” means to you!

Hope this list gave you some ideas for your at-home training!

Have any tips you wanna share? Any questions we didn't answer?

And if you want step-by-step tutorials and guided programs to get your training started, you can learn ALL of these styles on STEEZY Studio!

Just start your free trial, select the styles you're interested in, and begin learning from the world's best instructors.

New dance parents often don’t realize just how many styles of dance there are. Not to mention the many methods to teach each dance form. Here’s a list of the top ten dance styles that we see people buy for at Inspirations…

How to find your own dancing style

1. Ballet

Tutus, pointe shoes and men in tights are what come to mind when someone mentions ballet. Yet Ballet is so much more than that. Said to be the most difficult genre to master, ballet is a rigorous style of dance that is the foundation of most forms of dance training. It is usually set, but not limited to, orchestrated music and is often the first dance style a child will experience as they begin their dance classes. Ballet shoes are usually worn until the dancer’s feet have developed enough strength to progress into pointe shoes, often happens around the age of 12 and only after the students have been given permission by their teacher. Ballet is an excellent teaching tool for all dancers as it is a complex mixture of technique, coordination and musicality.

How to find your own dancing style

2. Tap

Tap is best described as “musical feet”. Tap is a form of dance where dancers use their feet as percussive instruments. Tap shoes are that are specially designed with percussive metal plates on the toe and heel, called taps. There are many different styles of tap dancing however the two most noted are Rhythm Tap and Broadway Tap. Rhythm Tap is more musically driven, where Broadway Tap is more dance and movement-oriented. Tap is great for fostering rhythm in dancers, as it turns their feet into a musical instrument.

How to find your own dancing style

3. Jazz

Jazz is the most popular style of dance among dancers. Jazz combines all dance styles in a high energetic dance that is without conventional boundaries. It has been influenced by ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, African dance and many more styles. Jazz is most often accompanied by upbeat, currently popular songs. Jazz shoes typically have a leather split sole which offers the dancers foot more freedom to bend and move. Due to the upbeat music, dramatic themes and cool choreography, it isn’t hard to see why this is the most popular dance style!

How to find your own dancing style

4. Modern

Modern was said to be first created as a rebellion against classical ballet. A raw style of dance, modern dance is an expression on the dancers’ relationship to the floor, including methods of contractions, release and movement, as well as the dancer’s of breath. Modern dancers have a variety of shoes to choose from that allow freedom in the foot while providing protection from the floor. Though its roots are in opposition to the seemingly oppressive rigour for classical ballet, modern and ballet are closely linked in the complexity of technique, coordination and musicality.

How to find your own dancing style

5. Lyrical

Though the basis of lyrical dance is ballet merged with jazz and modern. It is dynamic while simultaneously subtle, and focuses on conveying feelings and emotions through movement. Set to popular songs that emphasize deeper feeling and emotion, such as grief, longing, love and despair. Lyrical shoes provide protection for the dancer while allowing them to feel the dance floor as much as possible. Though proper dance techniques are important, the true heart of lyrical is found in its expressive nature.

How to find your own dancing style

6. Hip Hop

Hip Hop is an edgy, raw and intense urban dance style also known as Street Dance. The origin of popping, locking and crumping, Hip Hop is mostly danced to rap, urban and not surprisingly, hip hop music. Funky, high-top dance sneakers are normally worn by dancers. What sets Hip Hop apart from most dance genres is that its original street dance was freestyle in nature and did not follow a predefined choreography. A style of dance that is open to personal expression, Hip hop artists were free to interpret the dance in any way they could, and this lead to many innovative and exciting dance styles.

How to find your own dancing style

7. Contemporary

Contemporary dance embodies ballet, modern, jazz and lyrical. It uses a technique such as ballet as its fundamentals and creates many more movements that do not adhere to the strict rules of ballet and modern. There are different categories of contemporary dance such as Contemporary Ballet and Contemporary Jazz. Contemporary dance can be danced to all types of music and in non-traditional costumes. Contemporary dancers often wear lyrical dance shoes, and sometimes no shoes at all.

How to find your own dancing style

8. Highland Dancing

Highland dance was developed in the Gaelic Highlands of Scotland and should not be confused with Scottish Country Dancing. Highland dancing requires a lot of stamina, as well as arm and leg strength. Many people confuse Scottish highland dance with Irish dance but, Highland dancing is from Scotland and is traditional, whereas, Irish dance is from Ireland and is progressive. Shoes traditionally worn for both these types of dance are Ghillies and are very similar but slightly different.

How to find your own dancing style

9. Line Dancing

Line Dancing is a social dance that is made up of a sequence of repeated steps and is traditionally associated with country-western music. It is a solo dance that is danced in a straight line, a circle or in a “follow the leader” pattern. Footwear is decided by the dancer and is if often cowboy boots for the men and heels for the women. Many women choose to wear a Cuban heel shoe as it offers great support and is the perfect heel height for any age!

How to find your own dancing style

10. Irish Dancing

Irish dancing originated from Ireland and can be divided into performance and social dances. Made famous by Riverdance, it is best recognized by stationary arms combined with rapid leg and foot movements. Irish soft shoes and hard shoes are worn depending on the style of Irish dance. Irish dancers are also known for their intricately detailed dance costumes.

The division of dance into types can be made on many different grounds. Function (e.g., theatrical, religious, recreational) is an obvious ground, but distinctions can also be made between tribal and folk dance, between amateur and professional, and above all between different genres and styles.

How to find your own dancing style

Genre and style are relatively ambiguous terms. They depend on analyses of movement style, structure, and performance context (i.e., where the dance is performed, who is watching, and who is dancing) as well as on a cluster of general cultural attitudes concerning the role and value of dance in society. Genre usually refers to a self-contained formal tradition such as ballet, within which there may be further subgenres, such as classical and modern ballet. (Some critics consider modern dance as an independent genre with a subgenre of postmodern dance, but others subsume both categories under ballet, along with other theatre dance forms such as jazz.) Within subgenres, different styles can be distinguished, such as those of Ashton, MacMillan, and Balanchine in modern ballet and Graham and Cunningham in modern dance. Style as used here embraces many elements, including a preference for certain kinds of movement (fast, slow, simple, or intricate) or for particular kinds of energy and attack (sharp, edgy, and hard, as opposed to soft and fluid). It also embraces different ways of phrasing movement or of arranging dancers into groups, as well as an interest in certain kinds of music or design.

Perhaps the most obvious division between types is that between theatre and non-theatre dance. The separation of dancer and spectator in theatre dance has tremendous influence on the style of the dance itself and on its reception as an art form. In theatre dance the professionalism of dancer and choreographer, the presentation of dramatic and formal movement, the use of visual effects, and even the philosophical question of the role of the spectator reach their most sophisticated level. In non-theatre dance the unity of dancer and spectator, of observation and participation, means that the dance styles and even the function within the social group are quite different from those of theatre dance.

How to find your own dancing style

When the style of hip hop was first created, it had six foundational elements: DJing (aural), MCing (oral), Beatboxing (vocal), Breakdancing (physical), Graffiti (visual), and Fashion. Today’s true hip hop legends continue to create using some or all these foundations. Even though artistic elements are bound to change with time, these six elements remain at the core of hip hop. Here’s what you need to know about hip hop and where your child can immerse themselves in hip hop dance classes in Toronto.

DJing

DJing started in the 1970s with its trademark innovative breaks and isolation of the percussive sounds. In these days, DJs like Kool DJ Herc, Kurtis Blow, and Grand Master Flash combined their sound with brilliant rhymes, gaining their prominence in the music world.

MCing

MCing is a form of poetic and verbal “acrobatics.” It was inspired by ancient African culture and oral tradition and was also known as “rapping.” Rapping differed from other popular singing forms because of its rapid-fire wordplay, freestyle rhymes, and lyrics that told stories about urban life as rappers of the time knew it.

Beatboxing

Beatboxing was also a part of MCing, given that it had a vocal element. However, instead of a music track, different sounds were made using the mouth to create a beat and tune that served as the base upon which raps were spoken.

Breakdancing

It all started with groups like Shaka Zulu Kings, Zulu Queens, and the Rock Steady Crew. These dancers gave rise to breakdancing, otherwise known as B-Boying or B-Girling. Also described as “poetry in motion,” breakdance combines acrobatics, gymnastics, Capoeira, martial arts, and other cultural dances.

Graffiti

Perhaps the most controversial of all the elements, graffiti has and continues to be considered “vandalism” to many. It is signified by “tags,” or creatively designed spray-painted signatures of graffiti artists, sprayed on walls, garbage cans, and other public surfaces. Today, in various parts of Toronto, Montreal, and other major cities, approved graffiti has evolved into enormous, beautiful, colourful illustrations that cover walls and even entire sides of buildings.

Fashion

An element that has changed a lot over the years is the fashion aspect of hip hop. One’s image used to be extremely important in the early hip hop scene—baggy jeans, loose-fitting clothing, basketball jerseys, graphic tees, bandanas, sports shoes, and a hat. Fashion was a way to show that you belonged in the scene and that you understood or experienced the culture, urban heritage, and current issues. Nowadays, hip hop is no longer defined by appearance. Many of today’s hip hop artists have created their own look to show their individuality and uniqueness.

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To be clear: There is no room in our community for racism or discrimination of any kind. Lindy Hop is a African-American dance. May we never forget that and may we all step up together to do more and to do better.
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I often get asked what is the difference between Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug and Jive. There can be many hours of debate over the correct answer and it really depends on who you talk to but I think of Swing or Jazz and Big Band Swing as the original music the dance was first done to and Lindy Hop as the first name popularised to describe the dance. Jitterbug originally described a Swing aficionado or hep cat but later on was also used to describe the dance and Jive was a term that became popular in England after WW2 to describe the dance.
Early forms of Jive/Rock n Roll dance as seen in the movies such as Rock Around the Clock and Don’t Knock the Rock which were danced to Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll Music, are also part of the Lindy Hop family. (Note: Gill Brady one of the dancers in these movies told me first hand that they called their dancing Lindy until the publicity machine around the films started calling the dance Rock n Roll)

Nowadays it is very common to hear the term “Swing dance” as a description for all styles of partner dance that are done to Swing music which also includes the dance styles Balboa and Shag.

The Lindy Hop developed from dances such as the Cakewalk, Ragtime and Charleston along with Authentic Jazz Dance, now known as Jazz Roots, which includes the Big Apple, Shim Sham and Tranky Doo in its family.

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How to find your own dancing style

Many modern jive dancers just want to be able to get on the dance floor and aren’t bothered about progressing their dancing further. They’re happy to plod on, happy to just dance with their friends. Or they might think they can’t progress because they don’t aren’t capable. For the rest we want to improve and work at our dancing to become a better dancer and partner. To improve our dance style.

With modern jive, the hardest part is learning how to lead and follow well. Once you’re confident with that, and find yourself thinking less about moves and more about dancing with your partner, with more musicality, adding style is the next step.

When you watch other dancers, what is it that makes you want to watch them?

Is it the moves? The technique? The spins?

If you stood everyone in class together doing the same moves, some people would stand out more. Your eyes would be drawn to them.

It’s not the moves if everyone’s doing the same thing.

It’s likely to be their movement, how they fill the music, and their style.

How to find your own dancing style

Being a stylish dancer doesn’t come naturally for many people. Largely, those with a natural style are dancers who’ve done years of dancing before, or who’ve really worked at their dancing so it seems easy and seemless the way they move through a dance.

Styling classes are hard to come by, and in modern jive classes, styling is taught mostly by saying ‘do a hair comb’ or hold your spare arm out to the side with soft separated fingers. For men, it’s limited to telling you where to place your spare arm – hold your belt buckle, or hand on your hip. Occasionally in longer workshops there may be a bit more on styling tips like arm placement for a certain move. Modern jive classes aren’t the place to go if you want to learn styling unless you’ve got a really stylish demo or teacher to watch, follow and ask questions of.

Learning styling

Styling is such a personal thing it’s hard to teach and learn. In ballroom and latin there’s specific style techniques you can learn. This article from Round Dancing provides an understanding of different ways to style arms. But what works in one dance might not work in another – styling is very much dependent on the type of music and dance genre. For instance a cha cha type latin track would suggest lots of sharp movements with intentional arm placement, while slower music lends itself to softer smoother movements to fill the music.

If you ask people why they think they can’t do styling, often they’ll say it doesn’t feel natural. They think they’ll look silly. Or they find it hard to remember to do anything other than the basic steps. They can usually point out dancers they think are stylish and why they like to watch them.

A lot of being a stylish dancer is letting go. Relaxing into the dance. And forgetting that anyone else is watching.

To be a great dancer, you need to be able to feel the music and rhythm, and not worry about being exactly perfect. Modern jive isn’t a technical dance, so there’s no pressure to be perfect.

Anyway, what is perfect in social dancing? For many people it’s the feel of a ‘perfect’ dance and the connection to music and partner that just works excluding everyone else on the dance floor.

How to improve your dance style

1. Change your attitude

If you can’t find a way to let you and relax into your dancing, you’ll always feel a little awkward and worry about what people think.

2. Let go

Just think about the music and phrasing

3. Practise off the dance floor

Just moving around to music when no one is watching will get you more relaxed and let you practise moves without being worried about looking stupid. Gradually moving to the music and adding flair will become more natural, and you’ll think less about adding in extra style

4. Watch people and learn to move in the same way

You might like one person’s arms, and another person’s body movement. It can be a simple as the way someone carries themselves. Watch and learn, then work out how to make your body do the same movements naturally

5. Listen to the music

Certain music calls for different types of movement. Slow tracks suggests more flowing moves, while faster tracks might need sharper more staccato placement of hands.

6. Work off your partner

Mirroring movements works really well and a lot of being in a partnership is like that. If you’re dancing with someone who fills the music beautifully, or hits breaks with a certain move, try doing the same. Watch what they do when they break away (in salsa, solo ‘shines’ are popular, but can still be thrown into modern jive), and mimic parts of what they do.

7. Examine how you dance

Video yourself dancing, or ask others what they think you could improve on. Ask people who’ll give a fair assessment and pointers, and have a good dancing background. For example, people have said to me I look stylish dancing. I don’t feel like I am, but I’d like to think I glide my steps rather than stomping, I’ll throw in the occasional body roll and have a bit of a shoulder move and the occasional head roll or hair flick. I try and make it look natural and effortless.

But compared to others there’s a lot more I could do. Watching yourself dance can be hard, but only then will you see if you are a ‘wooden’ dancer, if you stomp a lot, or flail your arms around in a mess.

8. Choose one point of the body to work on at a time

There’s no point throwing in everything at once, try building up different styling options. Learn some arms or hand styling and placement. Or work on a body roll or moving the shoulders or hips. Try subtle through to more obvious movements.

9. Take other dance classes

Lots of modern jivers have done or take other dance classes and bring what they learn there into their modern jive. Many of the moves are also taking steps from other styles – salsa, mambo, tango, swing. If you learn a more technical dance genre, they’ll teach their own styling and you can bring that to your modern jive.

Ultimately, I really believe that to become a stylish dancer, first you want to become one. Secondly it’s all about confidence.

In Puerto Rico, where there’s music playing, there are probably people dancing.

If you love to dance, you’ll love Puerto Rico. Any day of the week you’ll find a bar or a club full of people moving to the beat — whether it’s a live band, a DJ spinning, or a jukebox blasting. Salsa, merengue, reggaetón, bachata, and cha-cha, are styles of music and dancing most people may recognize. Locally, people also dance plena and bomba.

If you want to learn some moves, consider taking a dance class during your visit to the island. If you’re good at picking up dance styles, then head straight to a party and have some friendly locals show you how it’s done. Either way, you’re going to have a great time!

How to find your own dancing style

Puerto Rico is a perfect place to practice your dancing!

Salsa

Salsa is the style of dancing most people associate with Puerto Rico and there is no shortage of places offering salsa nights, and some have free classes. For those just coming to the island for a short visit, there are a number of places where you can learn to dance in one night.

Piso Viejo on Calle Loíza has Salsa Thursdays, and from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. they offer free classes followed by a live orchestra playing salsa hits so you can show off what you learned.

Also, there are independent tour guides you can find through Viator or Airbnb Experiences that also offer inexpensive one-day salsa classes. Tour company Get Shopped even offers a Rum, Mixology, and Salsa tour which ends with a salsa lesson after a few drinks around Old San Juan.

If you want to see some serious salsa performances, plan your trip during the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress, which gathers some of the most impressive salsa dancers from around the world. Or, if you want to spend a whole day dancing come for El Día Nacional de la Zalsa (National Zalsa Day; the Z is in reference to radio station Z-93, the event’s organizer).

If you’re going to be spending some time in Puerto Rico, then it’s worthwhile to take some basic classes at one of the dance schools. Cambio en Clave is extremely popular and can take you from basic to show-off in a couple of months. Plus, students go out dancing after the class to try out the new moves they’ve learned. Arthur Murray Dance Studio also teaches Latin ballroom styles including salsa, merengue, chachachá, and bachata, as well as tango, milonga, paso doble, and other styles. DanzaActiva offers salsa classes for adults as well as flamenco, sevillana, and bomba.

Here’s a selection of the top Puerto Rican salsa songs and singers so you can practice your steps:

How to find your own dancing style

Big skirts and bold colors are part of bomba and plena dancing attire.

Bomba y Plena

Bomba is an Afro-Puerto Rican style of traditional music and dance that’s had a resurgence over the past few years. Several schools are now teaching bomba drumming and dancing to new generations, while venues like La Terraza de Bonanza in Santurce, Café Borikén in Río Piedras, and La Vergüenza in Old San Juan offer weekly bomba nights with live percussion, singing, and dancing. This style of dance is interactive, with the musicians taking cues from the dancers rather than the other way around.

Plena on the other hand is folk music, with both Spanish and African roots and some influence from bomba. The music is played on hand drums of different sizes, called panderetas; güiros, which is a gourd with indentations that’s scraped rhythmically (somehow it works); and often other instruments like maracas, guitar, cuatro (a small Puerto Rican guitar), congas, trumpet, and accordion.

To learn either or both styles of dance you can take lessons at Escuela de Bomba y Plena Rafael Cepeda Atiles or at Escuela de Bomba y Plena Doña Caridad Brenes de Cepeda. Along with formal classes, both schools offer monthly events that include performances by the students and offer the public an opportunity to learn about the cultural significance of these dance and music styles.

How to find your own dancing style

The nightlife in Puerto Rico is booming with places to go dancing.

Other Styles of Dancing

While you’re out, you’ll probably hear other styles of Latin music like merengue, cha-cha, and bachata, which are also highly danceable.

Merengue is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic and consists of a basic two-step performed in a waltz-position. In Puerto Rico its typical to side step and incorporate elaborate twists and turns to make it more fun.

Cha-cha is a spinoff of mambo and is named for the scraping noise of the dancer’s feet on the dance floor. It consists of three quick steps, the cha-cha-chá, followed by two slower steps.

Bachata is another style of Dominican music and dance. Here the steps are short, with two side steps followed by tapping your toes to the back, then two side steps to the other side and a tap step.

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floor work, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.
Pioneers of contemporary dance include Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. These contemporary dancers all believed that dancers should have freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings.
Contemporary Dance can be energetic as well a good muscular workout making it fantastic for any age or ability to do.

Jazz

Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic.
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. Jazz dance is fun, and easy to learn and the constant movement provides a great way of keeping fit for any age or ability.

Modern

Modern dance is a dance style that centres on a dancer’s own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing. Turning against the structured techniques, costumes and shoes of ballet, these dancers favoured a more relaxed, free style of dancing.
Modern dance encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. It is not unusual for choreographers to invent new steps for their routines, instead of following the structured technique of ballet.
Another characteristic of modern dance is the deliberate use of gravity. Whereas classical ballet strives to be light and airy on the feet, modern dance often use the body weight to enhance movement. Unlike the classical ballet stance of an upright, erect body, Modern dance often leans, twists and deliberately falls to the floor.
Modern dance is a great way for any age or ability to enjoy dancing without having to worry about strict technique, or classical posture. Even if your new to dance, or have been dancing all of your life, Modern does wonders for the physique, confidence and definitely puts a spring in your step

Urban / Street Dance

Urban / Street dance, is a fusion of various dance forms mixing together.
Elements from old school, hip hop, popping, locking and buoying (breakdance) to elements of jazz, contemporary and commercial dance making it a very fast, physical , funky and exciting form of dance. Originally Urban / Street evolved outside of dance studios in any available open space such as streets, parks, school grounds, raves, and nightclubs. They are often improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and the other dancers.
Any age and ability can be an amazing street dancer with patience, passion and practice. Sometimes it will be very challenging and hard work but guaranteed you will improve your fitness and self confidence.

Contemporary Ballet

Contemporary ballet is a form of dance influenced by both classical ballet and modern dance. It employs the fundamental technique and body control (using abdominal strength) principles of classical ballet but permits a greater range of movement than classical ballet and may not adhere to the strict body lines or turnout that permeate classical ballet technique. Many of its concepts come from the ideas and innovations of 20th century modern dance, including floor work and turn-in of the legs. This ballet style is often performed barefoot.
Classical Ballet requires years of training to learn and master, whereas contemporary Ballet is open to all abilities from beginners to experts and offers a fun, fresh and innovative way to keep fit, toned and healthy.

This highly intensive degree prepares commercial dancers for the world stage in a practical, studio based learning environment. Led by staff/faculty from across the world with a wealth of professional experience, students work alongside their international peers on an interdisciplinary campus honing their technique and performance skills through a number of major commercial dance projects.

Summary of BA (Hons) Commercial Dance Programme

Programme Title BA (Hons) Commercial Dance
Programme Length 3 academic years full time
Programme Leader Anthony Trahearn
Validated by Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Credit Value 360 UK credits, equivalent to 180 ECTS
Language of Tuition English
Start Date September 19th, 2022

Entry Criteria Successful audition, IELTs 6.5 or equivalent, and the national university entry academic qualification of your country equivalent to 104 UK Tariff points or 24 points from an international Baccalaureate. Mature applicants without recognised university entry level academic qualifications are assessed on their experience to date.
Audition Process One-stage audition
Annual Tuition Fees Annual Registration Fee: €500, IAB Health Clinic: €80, Tuition Fee: EU/EEA/UK €10400 / International €14700

Degree Structure

Year 1 (Level 4) – Building technique, craft skills and learning new knowledge

The first-year work is focused on learning the basic techniques that sit at the heart of all high-level dance performance. Practical teaching will be in groups following a timetable of classes in a variety of dance styles – commercial dance, jazz dance, ballet, tap and contemporary dance with classes also in choreography, acting, singing, fitness and health. Professional Studies explores the business side of the industry. Building your skills, confidence, willingness to learn and experiment and developing physical, mental and emotional resilience is all important in this year.

Year 2 (Level 5) – Application of technique and performance skills

The second year of study is centred on personal development, learning through performance and improving technique. Specialist Skills are introduced focusing on the two elements of the aerial arts – hoop and silks, an invaluable skill-set for any commercial dancer to be able to add to their CV. More time is spent on rehearsal and stage productions, on campus and beyond. Staff will ask for greater self-reflection on the quality of the work you produce, and challenge you to bring more of your own ideas to the table.

Year 3 (Level 6) – Prepare yourself for Employment

During year three the focus on your individuality as a performer grows stronger. This is when your own style begins to assert itself, with opportunities to develop your own ideas and devise or interpret work in ways that play to your strengths. Collaborations with other artists and institutions from Barcelona give you the opportunity to network and learn from the rich culture and local arts scene. This is in addition to the guest choreographers invited from Europe and the wider world to create new work with you specifically for your level 6 public performances.

Regular audition technique classes will keep you sharp and ready to compete at a professional level. There will be more rehearsals, full-scale productions and performance events. Industry partners, agents and international talent spotters will be on the guest list to watch you work in the annual showcase event. This is graduation year, and you will continue to gather the knowledge and try out the skills you need to successfully manage a career as a performer.

The historical, contextual and business strand at Level 4 and Level 5 culminates here in Level 6 through the Research Project module. You work autonomously with individual tutorial guidance to discuss your ideas for the project and your exploratory work as it develops. You explore through practical activity and theoretical research a question or line of enquiry that you are interested in bringing the practice through to completion so that you can reflect and critically analyse your findings in an extended essay.

This is a question we get asked a lot. Firstly, before we delve into our answer, there are many interpretations of what that answer is, this is our take.

Here's how we see and understand it from the 19 years of experience running a successful dance school , from the vast training we've had, the street dance pioneers we've met and the views of some respected advocates of the genre today that we communicate with.

Is street dance the same as hip hop?

"Street dance is not the same as hip hop dance directly"

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What is street dance?

Street dance is an umbrella term for a large number of social dance styles, Hip Hop dance is one of them, however 'hip hop' is not solely a dance style – it's a culture (more on this in a moment) . What are 'social dance styles' I hear you asking? These are styles, with many accompanying steps, created organically from a culture, a moment in time, a way of life, by the natural social interaction between people.

What is hip hop dance? Hip hop is a culture, not a dance style on its own , however dance is a huge part of the culture as well as music, graffiti and so on. So when we say we offer 'hip hop dance classes' what we mean is we will teach you our knowledge of the dance, and associated music, part of the culture, and do our best to pay homage to the culture, its origins and pioneers along the way in our dance classes, here at Hip Hop Pop.

At our Hip Hop Pop dance schools in Harlow and Bishops Stortford we teach 'street dance' , which as we said, is an umbrella term for social dance styles and dance steps. Street dance styles, other than hip hop, within the street dance umbrella that we teach in our classes here at Hip Hop Pop are: House, Locking, Popping, Breaking, Krump and more, all of which come from different eras, backgrounds, locations and cultures, we do our upmost to respect their origins in our delivery during our street dance classes.

We focus on the dance element of hip hop culture here at our Hip Hop Pop dance schools classes, and we vary the delivery of other street dance styles into our street dance classes too.

When it comes to the Choreography element of our street dance classes, routines we teach are influenced by these social street styles and their dance steps, then produced with originality; our individual invention of a 'street dance fusion' you could call it, full of creativity , expression and intention.

In summary, it's not a case of street dance vs hip hop, hip hop (dance element) is a part of street dance

"There you go, that's the serious stuff on the table – now let's get into the juicy, fun, active stuff, getting yourself and/or your child to a street dance class at our Dance School in Harlow or Dance School in Bishops Stortford"

There are many different styles of dance, each one with its own set of skills, music and style. Many dancers start out taking several different dance classes, learning an overview of a handful of types of dance before specializing in one area, as they get older. Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular styles of dance.

How to find your own dancing style

Contemporary

This style of dance incorporates lyrical, modern, ballet and jazz. Contemporary dance is all about connecting the mind and the body through dance movements. It is typically done barefoot and there is a heavy emphasis on strong controlled legwork. This style often allows the dancer creative freedom, and can be danced to a variety of different music.

Ballet

Ballet is often referred to as the backbone of dance. The fundamentals used in ballet are often used throughout all other styles of dance as well. There are three main classifications: classical ballet, neoclassical ballet and contemporary ballet. This style of dance is used to tell a story. It relies heavily on technique and requires an enormous about of diligence and dedication to perfect. Ballet is typically danced to classical music and is done wearing slippers or pointe shoes.

Jazz

This type of dance is very fun and energetic. It is typically paired with upbeat music such as hip-hop or show tunes to add a theatrical flare. Jazz dancers often have more freedom to express their own individual personality through their dance performances. These dances usually have quick footsteps, lots of leaps and turns and unique moves.

Tap

Tap dance is probably best known for the type of shoes the dancers wear. Tap dancers wear special shoes with metal taps on the soles that allows them to create their own drum like rhythmic patterns and sound while they dance. Although a majority of the focus in this dance is on the feet, jazz dancers use their upper bodies and arms a lot to blend the movements of their routine.

Hip-hop

Hip-hop is a style of dance that evolved from hip-hop culture and is typically danced to of course, hip hop music. Breakdancing is the most well known type of hip-hop dance, but other styles include krumping, popping and locking. This style of dance is probably the most different from the other forms. It is generally very energetic and allows the dancer to have freedom of movement within the routine and incorporate their personalities.

Ballroom

Ballroom dances are done with a partner, almost always a man and a woman. For this reason, it is known as the social dance, because of the interaction between the two dance partners. There are several popular types of ballroom dances including the Cha Cha, foxtrot, jive, lindy hop, mambo, paso doble, quickstep, rumba, samba, tango, Vietnamese waltz, and the waltz.

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Get ready to hit the dance floor! Dancing is a whole-body workout that’s actually fun.

It’s good for your heart, it makes you stronger, and it can help with balance and coordination.

A 30-minute dance class burns between 130 and 250 calories, about the same as jogging.

Sign up for a class. Your teacher will lead you through a series of choreographed steps. The focus might be on the footwork, but the series of leaps, turns, shimmies, and cha-chas engage the entire body.

There are lots of options. With dance-inspired workouts ranging from ballroom and ballet to hip hop and club dance classes, you’ll never be bored!

Intensity Level: Medium

The intensity depends on the type of dance you choose. Fast-moving dance styles like hip hop and salsa are more intense than slower dances like the tango or waltz. All of them will use your whole body and will challenge your brain as you learn the choreography and form.

Areas It Targets

Core: Yes. Depending on the type of dance you choose, some of the steps/moves will engage the core muscles.

Arms: Yes. Although most dances focus on your lower body, you’re also using your arms.

Legs: Yes. The choreography will have you doing moves that work your lower body, including your quads and hamstrings.

Glutes: Yes. Hip hop dancing and ballet include moves that engage the glutes.

Back: Yes. Dance uses your core muscles, including those in your back.

Flexibility: Yes. Most dance-inspired workouts include moves that improve flexibility.

Aerobic: Yes. Dancing raises your heart rate. The more up-tempo the dance style, the better it is for your heart.

Strength: Yes. You won’t be lifting weights, but your body weight counts, helping to build muscle strength.

Sport: No. You can enter dance competitions, but dance can be purely social or artistic.

Low-Impact: Yes. Dancing can be a high-or low-impact workout depending on the style of dancing.

What Else Should I Know?

Cost: Free if you already know how, or the cost of classes if you want lessons at a studio.

Good for beginners? Yes. There are dance classes aimed at beginners. If you’re just starting out, give yourself time to learn the moves. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen eventually!

Outdoors: No. Most dance classes are taught in studios.

At home: Yes. You can dance anywhere.

Equipment required? It depends. Some classes will require specific shoes; for others (like hip hop) all you need are sneakers.

What Physical Therapist Ross Brakeville Says:

Depending on the style, you can improve your heart health, joint mobility, strength, balance/coordination, and an overall sense of well-being, making dance good for most everyone. If you can’t afford classes, try a dance workout DVD or follow an online video at home.

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, take note of how you feel before, during, and after dancing. If you’re not feeling right or it takes more than a few minutes to get back to “normal,” check with your doctor before continuing.

Is It Good for Me If I Have a Health Condition?

Dancing is a fantastic activity if you have medical conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

Dancing more intensely, for a longer time, is more of a workout for your heart. You can choose the dance style and intensity level that meets your needs. Your doctor can let you know what’s OK.

If you have an injury, let it heal before you start dancing. If you have other physical limitations, you may have more options than you think. Integrated, or inclusive dance, introduced in the 1960s, is for people with physical and mental limitations. There are dance companies that include dancers in wheelchairs, for instance.

Dancing is a great way to keep fit during pregnancy, especially if you were a dancer before getting pregnant. Be careful with your balance during the second and third trimester, when pregnancy can add stress to your back. Ask your doctor about doing pelvic floor exercises like Kegels and core activities to improve your abs, low back, and hip strength as a complement to your dance training.

Sources

American Council on Exercise: “What are the benefits of dance-inspired workouts?”

American Council on Exercise: “So You Think You Can Dance? Well, Now You Can.”

IDEA Health and Fitness Association: “Sample Class: Dance Inspired Cardio.”

People dance for a variety of reasons: for fun, recreation and for health. Dance can be social or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial or competitive.

Dancing is a great way to be more active and offers a wide range of physical and mental benefits. Dance styles range from ballroom and jazz ballet to hip-hop and belly dancing – you’re sure to find a style that suits you.

However, the range of body movements, repetition and speed of movement can put you at risk of an injury, particularly if you are new and learning unfamiliar steps. You can help reduce your risk of injury by being aware of some of these risk factors.

Reducing the risk of dance injuries

You can reduce your risk of injury when dancing if you follow some simple guidelines. Some tips include:

  • See your doctor for a check-up if you have a medical condition, are overweight, are over 40 years of age or haven’t exercised regularly for a long time.
  • If you have a pre-existing problem or injury especially to the foot, ankle or lower back, consult your doctor before starting.
  • Choose a dance style that is appropriate for you. Have a basic awareness of your own body and of your own personal limits and boundaries. For example, high impact dance styles that involve jumping and vigorous movements are not appropriate for a person with arthritis.
  • Warm up thoroughly before you start dancing and include stretches. This is important in preparing the body for dancing.
  • Cool down after a dance session and stretch again.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after dancing.
  • Wear layers of clothing that you can take off as your body warms up.
  • Wear professionally fitted shoes appropriate to your style of dance. Proper dance shoes distribute load, absorb impact, and support your foot.
  • Don’t push yourself too far or too fast, especially if you are a beginner.
  • Concentrate on correct posture and your dance technique. The way a dancer connects one movement to another must be technically correct so as not to twist the body incorrectly, or strain a muscle.
  • Talk with your dance instructor if you have a problem or injury. They may be able to modify the move and teach you a variation to reduce the risk factors.
  • Sit down and watch, sometimes you can learn more from watching than actually doing something for the first time.
  • Make sure you take sufficient rest between dance sessions, especially if you are new to dancing or are not very fit. This will help minimise muscle soreness or stiffness.

Dance injury risk factors

Some of the factors that can increase your risk of dance injury include:

A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement. Ballet is considered the foundation of all dance. All of ATJ’s Ballet classes are taught by teachers who hold their certification with the Cecchetti Council of America. Please visit www.cecchetti.org for more info

POINTE

Dancing on pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard–toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from the director is required before students begin taking pointe classes. Prerequisite: Passing of Grade 2 Cecchetti Ballet Exam or special permission

The rhythm and movement of tap, created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes, transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies.

CREATIVE MOVEMENT for the young child

Foster a love of movement in your child with this fun and energetic dance form. Lessons consider students’ attention spans and keeps them happily engaged while learning to translate music to movement.

HIP HOP

Hip-hop is a dance style, usually danced to hip-hop music, that evolved from the hip-hop culture. Hip-hop includes various moves such as breaking, popping, locking and krumping, and even house dance. Improvisation and personal interpretation are essential to hip-hop dancing. Often hip hop is referred to as a “street” style of dance based on music videos. It is a less technical and high energy style of dance that is often done in street clothes and sneakers.

Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Acting, vocals and broadway jazz movement techniques are brought together and performed to songs from popular musicals.

LYRICAL

A slow, expressive type of dance that incorporates ballet technique. This dance style’s main goal is to interpret the lyrics of the song through movement.

CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

Modern and contemporary dance is a dance style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings. Modern and contemporary dance was created as a rebellion against classical ballet, emphasizing creativity in choreography and performance.

HIP HOP & TRICKS (A.K.A. BREAKDANCE)

A hip hop class with more of a focus on breakdance moves and tricks.

A dance form that combines acrobatics/gymnastics with dance.

AERIAL ACRO

A dance form that combines acrobatics with dance and includes a prop higher than the waist that spins or rotates in any direction. Examples: aerial hoop, silks, spinning hoop

Studying commercial dance in the Pace School of Performing arts, you’ll be a part of one of the few dance programs in the country that truly opens doors to the industry. Students not only train in ballet, jazz, theater dance, hip hop, modern, tap, contemporary, aerial arts, and other dance styles, but also take acting, vocal music, other electives to broaden their experience and marketability as a dancer.

Individualized Dancer Training

  • Focus on dance styles and techniques relevant to you as an individual performer.
  • Develop impactful mentorship and job opportunities through meaningful exposure to the “gatekeepers” in the entertainment industry.
  • Choose from one of three concentrations: performance, choreography, or pedagogy.

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Our curriculum is designed to bridge the gap from classical dance technique to the professional world of commercial dance.

Add Opportunities and Experiences

Access to current industry professionals is a cornerstone of the Commercial Dance, BFA program. As a student, you’ll have multiple performance opportunities in student-driven shows as well as mainstage productions. Mainstage productions feature faculty and guest artist works, everything from new world premieres to noted repertory from major contemporary companies. Past companies include Paul Taylor (Company B), Jose Limon (Psalm), and residencies with Jessica Lang Dance, 10 Hairy Legs, and others. Additionally, numerous guest artists have created pieces in all genres of dance for the annual productions, Dance sPace (Fall) and Dance Out Loud (Spring). They include: Andy Blankenbuehler, Mandy Moore, Josh Bergasse, Jason Samuels Smith, Al Blackstone, Anthony Morigerato, Bo Park, Chloe Arnold, and Ephrat Asherie.

“Our BFA in Commercial Dance major is a comprehensive, all-genre-inclusive program preparing you for success in the entertainment industry in New York City and Los Angeles. Our unique courses will give you an edge in the commercial world of dance. You will be able to practice your audition, performance, and choreography skills for major guest choreographers and our world-renowned faculty.”—Rhonda Miller, Head of the BFA in Commercial Dance Program

Choose Your Career

As a commercial dance major, you’ll be fully prepared for a career in entertainment, and you’ll be able to access professional opportunities even before you graduate. Students gain additional “real-world” experience and many sign with agencies during the program or shortly after graduation.

Career Options

Where Graduates Are Employed

  • Broadway
  • National tours
  • Television and film
  • Backup dancer
  • Dance company member
  • Choreographer

What You Need to Know

Please note that the application deadline for fall admission into this program is December 15 and an audition must be scheduled by January 15.

Are you inspired by the music videos of artists like Usher, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Ne-Yo? Do you want to add some cool moves to your club dancing repertoire or are looking for a fun workout that will teach you how to move to your favourite music? Our beginners street dance classes are the right choice for you!

If you are an absolute beginner to street dancing and are a little worried about taking those first steps, these are the classes for you.

Our classes are for adults only.

Worried about missing a class from your course? Get in touch and we can suggest some catch-up class options!

Courses Timetable

Evening classes starting as early as 6.30pm or as late as 7.30pm and weekend midday classes. Class locations included: Soho (Oxford Circus), City and London Bridge.

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Class Description

Classes designed with absolute beginners in mind.

Our street dance classes are tailored for people with no or little previous experience in dancing or street and hip-hop styles and are lead by our friendly and professional dance instructors who will warm you up, teach you basic street dance moves and grooves and at will then combine them in a routine you can practice and perform at the end of the class.

Each week you will be developing rhythm, coordination, confidence and will add more detail so that you are able to put your own attitude into the moves.

Our street dance courses are structured and goal orientated to ensure you develop and add new skills to your dance in each course.

I’m taking Ryan’s beginners’ class on Mondays and I’m enjoying it. You can practice the moves many times as the choreography is building up. Ryan provides plenty of feedback for you to improve and you get a video later in the week, so you can keep practising. This is a great way to work out and learn street dance.

The focus of Learn & Master Ballroom Dance is on couple’s dances. You will learn Smooth and Rhythm ballroom dances that will take you from a beginning dancer to a comfortable, graceful dancer with complete confidence on the dance floor.

You’ll learn .

Swing

There are many styles of Swing, such as Lindy Hop, Jive, Shag, Charleston, and West Coast Swing, to name a few. Each of these dances has its own unique footwork, timing, musical style, and interpretation. The Swing style you will learn in Learn & Master Ballroom Dance is one of the most popular and exciting—East Coast Swing.

Foxtrot

A smooth progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor, the Foxtrot has an easy-going, fluid, comfortable style. You’ll also notice a jazzy characteristic to Foxtrot, like what you might envision when you hear the names Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or when you hear a classic Frank Sinatra song.

Waltz

The Waltz is characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. It is graceful and elegant, with dancers gliding around the floor almost effortlessly. The Waltz was first developed in Vienna.

Cha Cha

The Cha Cha is an exciting Latin dance best known for its lively and playfully cheeky character, syncopated footwork, and quick rotating Cuban motion. This dance’s count, “one-two-three, cha cha cha!” has made it famous around the world. Explore the distinctive and exciting rhythms and moves of this dance.

Rumba

Rumba is a dance of Cuban origin, combining complex footwork with pronounced hip movement. Rumba is characterized by its sensual and romantic feel and has been called the dance of love. You will see much use of the hips and a variety of quick and slow movements.

People dance to all types of music, which makes all forms of couples dancing popular. No matter what your taste in music, there is a particular dance that fits your favorite tunes! Everyone is doing it. Young and old. Single and married. Join the fun!

Tango

Tango is a dance with a quick staccato feel, striking foot action, and dramatic snapping turns of the head.

How to find your own dancing style

Whether you are preparing for a special event, looking for a new hobby, or want to impress your friends, the Arthur Murray Dance Centers in Princeton and Montclair, NJ are here with expert instructors to get you out on the dance floor. Our instruction is customized to meet you at your dance level and help you reach your goals.

Dance Styles

Dance is a form of expression through movement and here at the Arthur Murray Dance Centers you are sure to find the styles that perfectly fit each and every sentiment. We will take you beyond the fundamentals and help you master the Smooth, Rhythm, Swing, Country or Specialty dances.

Smooth/Standard Dances

These are considered the ‘classic ballroom dances’ and are characterized by sweeping, graceful movements, complimented by strong stance of elegance and poise. This style of dance includes the Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep. Although these are considered the classic dances, they are by no means out-of-date and continue to be favorites on the dance floor.

Rhythm/Latin Dances

The Rhythm or Latin dance style remains truly popular due to the resurgence of partnership dancing in nightclubs. Characterized by compact, rhythmical movements, these dances can be enjoyed no matter how much, or how little space you might find on the dance floor. The speed and flavor of the music dictates the dance in this category which includes the Rumba, Samba, Bolero, Merengue, Mambo and Cha Cha, as well as the contemporary favorites – Bachata and Salsa. The Latin dances are an excellent choice for dancers looking to stand out in their local nightclubs, or at festivals or parties.

Swing Dances

Over the years and across the country, there have been over one hundred ‘dialects’ of Swing. Jitterbug and Lindy Hop, West Coast and Hustle, just to name a few; these fun, energetic dances have developed over the decades alongside American music. No matter if you love Big Band or Jazz, Rock or Disco, the Swing style of dancing allows the dancer to incorporate the rhythms of the music with the freedom of personal expression.

Country Western Dances

Country dancing is alive and well! Country Western nightclubs have traditionally been known for their spacious dance floors since everyone who goes, goes to dance! This dance style includes Two-Step, Three-Step, Country Western Waltz, Texas Two-Step, Shuffle and Triple (also known as the Polka). These dances share a lot in common with their Ballroom and Swing counterparts, which allows a good dancer to learn multiple styles at the same time.

Specialty Dances

The styles of the Specialty dances are a varied as the dances in this category, including Nightclub Two-Step, Argentine Tango, Milonga, Tango Vals, Zouk, and Samba de Gafieira. These dances draw from the other styles as well as from a variety of cultures and time periods to bring new flavors to the world of dance. The professionals here at the Arthur Murray Dance Centers are always broadening their dance knowledge as new dances become popular or old ones regain popularity.

Ballroom Dancing Classes

Ballroom dancing classes have seen an upsurge with the broadcast of shows such as “Dancing With the Stars.” These partner dances were forgotten about by many, but their newfound popularity has people clamoring for lessons. Arthur Murray Dance Studio has operated for Over 100 years with the mission of teaching the world to dance. Our dance studio instructors are carefully selected to help you achieve your goals in a fun, friendly environment. Call us today if you are ready to get started!

Types of Ballroom Dance Classes

Many people think of couples dancing as ballroom dancing. While the lines have been blurred a bit in modern times, typical ballroom dancing is more selective in the actual dances it incorporates. Most often, the term ballroom dancing refers to the 10 dances incorporated within the Standard Ballroom set. This includes the Slow Waltz and Viennese waltz, as well as the Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Paso doble, and Jive.

Many American dance studios also incorporate the East Coast Swing, Bolero, and Mambo. Each type of dance is set apart by the amount of bars per minute and the signature dance movements of the style. For instance, the Tango is danced 31–33 bars per minute in 4/4 time, while the Samba is 50–52 bars per minute in 2/4 time.

At Arthur Murray Dance Studio, we specialize in teaching the East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Foxtrot, as well as three types of waltzes. The waltzes featured in our ballroom dancing classes are the Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, and Country Western Waltz. These dances are great basics to perform at your wedding and can also serve as a base for more competitive dancers, or those who want to take their ballroom dance classes to the next level.

Convenient Locations

With studios in Princeton and Montclair, Arthur Murray Dance Studio is able to meet to your schedule. Visit our listing of events to learn more about our ballroom dancing classes and special pricing for the location closest to you!

Call today or get started immediately with our introductory special. We can’t wait to introduce you to our wonderful program of ballroom dance classes!

How to find your own dancing style

Here at Pump, we believe in dancing for the love of it.

We run hip hop, jazz and contemporary dance classes for all ages and abilities. You’ll also find us teaching workshops and performing at anything from the Fringe Festival to Rugby Sevens, A Very Welly Christmas to stages at Disneyland!

Our team of talented coaches are some of Wellington’s top performers. We make sure that every class is inspiring and challenging for our dance fam.

We are 100% devoted to encouraging a love of dance, whether through competitive achievements or purely for pleasure.

Highlights

2021
This year Pump celebrates our 20th anniversary!
Our end of year show is going to be a fully original story, all about the villains of fairy tales retelling the stories how they really happened. It is called Once Upon a Twisted Tale and it’s all happening on Sunday 5th December.
Esteem won a PACANZ nomination which allows them to compete in the prestigious PACANZ competition later on this year.
Artemis placed second, Basil troupe placed third with their fierce and fabulous routines at the ABTC competitions. We also had several duos and trios place first, second and third in their own categories at ABTC.
We started the cutest Junior level 1 hip hop class for littlies in Eastbourne who were ready for that next step up from the Preschool Pump class.
For the first time ever, we ran two different showcases in the same afternoon, to allow all dancers to get onstage in term one. It was a celebration of all the talent at Pump and every class put on an incredible performance.
Infinite Dance Crew and friends held five sold out shows called Iconic, which celebrated women in artwork.
Pump hosted hip hop and commercial workshops with Shyvon Campbell, previously of the Royal Family, which brought so many new dancers into our space and helped us to connect with our community even more.

2020
We started off the year with a bang, preparing for competitions, showcases and more. Then Covid-19 and the lockdown came upon us so we switched to Online Classes. Our amazing tutors adapted to teaching via Zoom, pre-recorded lessons and Instagram Live. We got through the lockdown thanks to all the good vibes we got from our students, the parents and fellow dancers. We sure are glad to be back in the studio though!
Suddenly competition season was upon us and our crews and troupes took out placings in all categories. The best part was seeing everyone get up on stage and do their thing, despite the first half of the year being so interrupted.
Fortunately, Wellington remained at Level One Covid threat, which meant we could put on our show, Alice in Wonderland, in The Opera House. The enthusiasm of the audience and dancers alike, was palpable and it was clear that we all needed a great event like this to celebrate getting to the end of 2020!

2019
We released Pump Portraits, where we offer Portrait or Dance shoots as a unique way for our dancers and their families to capture and celebrate their dance journey at Pump.
We opened our Junior Teacher Training Programme up to intermediate age dancers as well as teens and trained thirty-eight keen young dancers as hip hop tutors.
We ran three end of term showcases, involving all Pump dancers, giving everyone a chance to be onstage.
Due to overwhelming demand, we started Preschool Pump and Baby Boogie classes, meaning our tiniest movers and groovers now have a weekly dance class to call their own.
200 of our dancers performed shows and workshops on both major stages at Welly Christmas as well as the parade.
Onyx, Sassy, Sassy Sisters and Esteem all qualified and made it into the finals at the NZ Schools Hip Hop Competition Nationals in Queenstown and brought back Silver medals in three divisions.
We created a junior and an adult mega crew, to compete and perform as representatives of our studio.

2018
We created a Junior Teacher Training Programme and within the first course, trained twenty young people as hip hop, jazz and contemporary tutors.
Every Pump student took part in an end of term showcase, giving a taste of their in class action.
Da Chillies, Artemis, Glitter and Luna took out 1st place in the various dance divisions of United comp.
Intensity, a brand new junior hip hop crew, got into the finals of Hip Hop Unite.
Luna received a special choreography award at the Onstage Dance Competition.
We released a beautiful new line of Pump clothing, including hoodies, long sleeve tops and tees.

2017
Pump dancers surprised a visiting tour group at Te Papa with a Bruno Mars flashmob.
We announce our eco-friendly goal to be paperless this year.
Sassy and Kingdom crews qualified for the National SDNZ competition in April.
Pump dancers raised over $1000 for Youthline Wellington with their Battle It Out Showcase.
Onyx, Artemis, Flair and Violet won 1st Place in their divisions at UNITED Competition.
Esteem came 1st, Sassy 2nd and Artemis 3rd at NZ Schools Hip Hop Competition.
Pump teachers, students & friends of the studio collaborated to put on a choose-your-own-adventure style show, called The Grand Reopening of Ms Bordeaux’s Antique Store.
A Very Welly Christmas was a chance for 150+ Pump dancers to perform flashmobs, stage shows and run workshops for the public.

2016
Infinite Dance Crew was voted the Ultimate Winner of the Projektion competition in Wellington.
Sassy Dance Crew won 1st Place at the NZCAF Nationals in Dunedin.
Over 150 Pump dancers performed on the city streets as part of A Very Welly Christmas.
Platinum Dance Crew won 1st Place at UNITED Dance Competition in Porirua.

2015
Pump students toured LA, took workshops and performed at Disneyland.
Infinite Dance Crew took out 3rd Place at the World of Dance Championship in Wellington.
Infinite represented New Zealand in the World Championships in Los Angeles, USA.
Sassy Dance Crew were awarded Overall Winner of NZCAF.
Pump tutors taught and performed with a 1400 person flashmob in Civic Square, Wellington.
Kingdom Crew were the winners of the Junior Section at NZCAF Regionals in Wellington.
Kingdom were awarded Most Innovative Choreography at NZCAF Nationals.

2014
Pump got a puppy, named Beau.
Esteem Dance Crew took out 2nd Place at Battlegrounds Competition in Auckland.
Phoenix, Sassy and Esteem crews competed at SDNZ Nationals in Auckland.
Libby George, director, was awarded a Contribution to Street Dance award.
SDNZ Nationals judges awarded Most Promising Crew to Esteem.
Esteem, Sassy and Fearless won 1st, 2nd and 3rd at SDNZ Regionals in Wellington.
Over 140 Pump dancers of all ages, performed the Wellington Christmas Parade.
Pump took five teams of dancers to Nelson to compete in the Shakedown Competition.
We opened a new studio in Khandallah and our dance family grew!

2013
Infinite Dance Crew won 1st Place at the Hip Hop Unite World Championship in Serbia.
For the third year in a row, Infinite were the adult winners of Hip Hop Unite Nationals in NZ.

2012
Infinite Dance Crew won 3rd at the Hip Hop Unite World Championships in The Netherlands.