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8660 Central Avenue, Montclair

One or Two Private Dance Lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Up to 85% Off)

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Dance instructors teach a variety of ballroom styles including waltz, swing, Argentine tango, and salsa

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8 ratings8 reviews
November 27, 2019
Was a great 45 minute salsa lesson, studio is really nice and instructors are knowledgeable.
1 ratings1 reviews
September 3, 2020
It was truly the best experience I've ever had learning how to dance with my boyfriend who's never danced before. The private lesson with Arthur made my boyfriend go from doing the activity for me, to actually enjoying dancing for himself. Thank you Arthur!!!
1 ratings1 reviews
May 18, 2019
Tasteful, exciting, and FUN! Can’t wait to come back with friends and family! Today we celebrated 7 years of love my wife and I. this was just the perfect event. Arthur is a master at his craft and the proof is in the pudding. Had us start out with easy steps and it smoothly translated into some of the more advance moves. If you are considering this in any way JUST DO IT!! ❤️
20 ratings13 reviews
May 9, 2019
Art was great! My husband has never danced, but we’re going back for more. Thanks!!!
1 ratings1 reviews
October 26, 2018
Great atmosphere! Experienced friendly teachers! I don’t have anything negative to say. My husband and I were very happy with the classes. We learned more than we expected to!
2 ratings2 reviews
September 19, 2018
Ari was amazing! Made the whole process extremely comfortable and taught us some great tools for our first dance. Made the whole process very simple for beginners.
2 ratings2 reviews
September 1, 2018
Getting married and thought it would be nice to make our first dance extra special. Kathryn and her team taught us moves that we were not aware of capable pulling off. It was fun learning some coordinating moves.
8 ratings4 reviews
August 4, 2018
It was a nice experience, but too expensive, I think.
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About This Deal

Leading and Following: Staying in Tune with Your Partner

Before you and a partner hit the floor, you’ll need to decide who will lead. Learn why dancing is more than a game of “Follow the Leader” in Groupon’s study of the concept.

A truly great dancer can lead a partner through a waltz on a crowded floor without smashing any toes or shattering any monocles—even if that partner has never waltzed before. The lead dancer (traditionally, but not always, the male of a male-female partnership) is charged with sending nonverbal cues to his partner through subtle movements of his hands and arms. This task can be incredibly nuanced, as the lead dancer must simultaneously keep time with the music, plan out his next steps, and navigate around other dancers. This is not to say that the other partner is entirely passive. Richard Powers, a dance instructor at Stanford University, asserts in his Thoughts on Dance that “the follow role is mentally and physically active,” just as aware of her surroundings and her partner’s movements as the lead. Each partner must constantly adjust their movements to match the other’s, and a good lead will never exert too much force if his partner does not catch his cues or know how to read his semaphore flags. “Clear leading is the physical equivalent of quiet, perfect diction, not shouting,” writes Powers.

This equality-minded philosophy of social dance gained widespread acceptance after the gender-role upheavals of the 20th century, but it isn’t a new phenomenon. Many 19th century men were emphatic about respecting the autonomy of their dance partners, with famed dancer Charles Durang noting in 1847 that “Gentlemen ought always to be attentive to their partners, and they should move in unison with their every step and attitude.” That sentiment makes a striking contrast with that of a 1930 writer who argued that “No matter what her views on suffrage and feminism may be, it is a woman’s duty to let the man lead on the ballroom floor. He is the pace-maker; she is his shadow.” These attitudes about female submission on the dance floor persisted well through the 1950s, when the rise of the feminist movement began to reshape attitudes throughout society. Today, many dancers of any gender feel it’s important to learn to lead and to follow in order to become a well-rounded, attentive partner.

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About Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years.

Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.