Dancing - Minneapolis, MN - Twin Cities Arthur Murray

Express your emotions, creativity and unique taste with a dance style tailored to your personality. If you think you can dance, you probably can! Say goodbye to your two left feet as you glide across the ballroom floor with moves that capture the essence of who you truly are. It’s great to know what each dance entails, and how they differ before starting. Here’s a look at several of our exciting styles you could choose from.


This contains vibrant sequences, rhythm changes and straccato movements. Once you are proficient, you should dance with flair and zest.

The fundamental pattern is the close, side or chasse basic. Take a rock step forward with the left leg and chasse to your left. Then take a rock step backward with your right leg, a chasse to the right, and repeat.


This slow polished classic dance sequence comprises lots of movement. Even with our bronze level program, you’ll notice how your foot control, legs, ankles and knees strengthen for the perfect flight. Music here has a 4/4 timing.


The epitome of fun, it’s light-hearted, packed with expression, and requires precision footwork and technique.

This style comprises an array of bouncy steps, with emphasis towards the end of each count.To start, place your feet together, hop on your right leg, raise your left knee, then step back on one.


Mambo is a fusion of Cuban and American dancing. The stirring Afro-Cuban beat of the Mambo allows you to develop your own feeling and expression. As a parent of the Cha Cha and Salsa, the Mambo is an exciting dance that includes crisp leg actions, and flirtatious interactions with your partner. Because Mambo is such a fun dance, good Mambo dancers are always in demand as partners. The wild exciting music and rhythmical body movements make the earthy Mambo irresistible.


Merengue is one of the simplest dances to learn. Its uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music and adapt to any partner. It combines one-step timing with Cuban Motion and is a help to all Latin dances. The march type beat sharpens timing and coordination, and the proper use of the accent will develop a clearer interpretation of musical rhythm. This fun and exciting dance is claimed to have been created by dancers in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


This upbeat light-hearted dance is a favorite with seasoned dancers. Agility and elegance is key here, and the basic step is a zig zag one. Try to dance this one to music a bit faster than the foxtrot. It you’re a novice, call us to book your sample lesson.


This Latin American dance style comprises lots of hip and leg movement, which makes it one of our most sensual sequences. Choose if you can interpret music easily, and have a strong sense of physical control.

This dance style comprises an elementary rhythm that is slow-quick-quick. The first step utilizes two beats, with the last two steps using just one. These are executed as a box step. There’s a lot of Cuban flavor here.


A street festival dance that originated in Brazil, the Samba combines Latin rhythms with a bouncing action. To achieve the true character of the Samba, a dancer must give it a happy, flirtatious and exuberant interpretation. Samba improves the flexibility of the body and helps achieve easy movement and lightness. The Samba rolling action teaches the body to be supple. 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.


The Swing is a spot dance with a carefree relaxed style and is easily mastered by most people. The various speeds are excellent training for quick footwork and good leading and 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 uses a buoyant, carefree movement. It’s a fun dance where improvisation is encouraged.


This captures the emotion, intimacy and strength between dancers. It’s a vibrant, challenging style with staccato sequences and an eight-count basic. This tango basic comprises two slow walks and a tango close.

Viennese Waltz

This exhilarating and enchanting classic from Vienna has pure restricted sequences. It can become demanding, as it requires perfection and grace. It contains two alternating sets of three steps, in succession.


Gracefully dance this one to romantic tunes, as you sway, rise and fall in perfect unison with your partner. This international ballroom style will teach you how to master balance and control. The sequence resembles a box, and it has a three-beat count.