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. Clients who arrive to lessons partner-less will be paired up with instructors to help assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout group lessons, instructors teach the foundations of 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. These lessons are then used as a foundation for clients to learn more intermediate and advanced moves.
Want something more than just a weekend out at the bars? Honolulu's Arthur Murray Dance Center offers the perfect theater to shake your weekend up.
Head on over to the in-house restaurant for a delectable meal.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This theater is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Learn how to tell a story with your body at Arthur Murray Dance Center — with so many great dance classes to choose from, you may very well seek out more than one style.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Just know that when you're ready for a lesson, Honolulu's Arthur Murray Dance Center is here to help you step up your dancing game.
Directors Emily Hodges and Stefan Kant both discovered salsa while attending college. They learned the art of salsa at several renowned New York dance schools, including Santo Rico Dance School, before both becoming teachers at Santo Rico. They have performed nationally and internationally, and now showcase their skills at Hawaii Salsa 101. Students with a desire to move effortlessly to the beat of the music or waves crashing onto a surfer's head can learn basic and advanced dance skills in a group or private setting. Social events on Thursday and Friday nights allows students to show off their newly acquired mambo, salsa, cha-cha, merengue, and bachata moves.
Murti Hower has been teaching yoga for more than 28 years, and in that time, he's made his mark on the local yoga community. Many of Oahu's yoga instructors were actually taught by Murti through his long-running teacher-training institute. Though he still helps prospective teachers find their voice, he and his wife, Larina Hawkins-Hower, also lead classes of their own at Maha Fusion Yoga. Their yoga classes cater to students of all experience levels. The studio also hosts private lessons and couples workshops in tantra partner yoga, as well as ecstatic-dance events, which celebrate freedom of movement.
PoleArity Studio makes fitness stylish. Classes are organized into four categories, and each one is rooted in dance and the performing arts. The Ethnic Dance category teaches dancers the whirling of Argentine tango, the joyous bounding of African dance, and the rhythmic shimmying of belly dance. Alternatively, during Tease workshops, students focus on sensual forms of dance such as twerking, lap dancing, and cabaret. Then there are the Aerial Arts classes, which range from pole dance to aerial hoops and silks, and the Fitness and Flexibility sessions, which include Zumba and yoga.