Ballroom dancing is an elegant sport, one that takes a type of discipline and technique not commonly shared with other genres of dance. A good partner can be hard to find, but a good dance studio is not with the right help and an idea of what you want out of a studio. Some offer great variety and some cater to all experience groups, but only a few will get you to the skill level of your choosing. Grab your dancing shoes and don’t forget a towel, as these studios are going to get you in ballroom dancing shape in no time.
27261 La Paz Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Londance in Laguna Niguel is designed to make things easy on first-time dancers. It offers a free dance lesson for all newbies, so do not fret if you do not have the right pair of shoes or know someone as committed or sheepish as you. Its 25 years of experience are worth your attention alone, as instructors who can inspire confidence and mold technique are hard to find. Ballroom relies heavily on fundamentals, so trust Londance to get you in rhythm soon enough.
OC Dance Studio
1132 E. Katella Ave. #A18
Orange, CA 92867
Weight loss and a healthy living are two primary motivations for dancing, and ballroom dancing helps accomplish both goals. Whether it is salsa, cha cha, foxtrot or a waltz, the OC Dance Studio has the skills to teach you the right moves. Its weight-loss classes offer a selection of music to dance the pounds away, especially if the thought of going to a gym scares you. The atmosphere is fun and supportive, something necessary to learning a new skill or sharpening up an old one.
17961 Sky Park Circle
Irvine, CA 92614
Every Monday and Saturday night is full of ballroom dancing at Atomic Ballroom in Irvine. Cover is about $5 on Mondays for a practice session to try out all of your new moves. Saturday is a little more advanced, with a higher cover charge and intermediate and advanced sessions planned. Atomic gives out snacks and always has a packed house with fun DJs. No alcohol and great music means you’ll be having a fun and safe time learning and practicing your ballroom skills.
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Bella Ballroom Dance Studio
4250 Scott Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Offering five styles of ballroom dance, Bella Ballroom gives step-by-step instructions on how to become whatever level ballroom dancer you want to be. It specializes in wedding dances, as well, so for those who want an extra pep in their first dance step, Bella has you covered. The studio has been winning awards since 2009 and instructor Jennelle gets rave reviews from former students. It’s only $20 to sign up for your first private lesson and a multi-lesson package will be available afterwards.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
1601 E. Lincoln Ave.
Orange, CA 92865
This dance company specializes in education, offering five full packages tailored to your progress and goals. The basic classes teach foot positioning and timing, with a splash of following/leading to make sure you don’t embarrass yourself if this is all you take away. Tougher programs teach specific technique and footwork, while the top-tier programs offer the skills needed to take your hobby to the next level. This studio can mold you into a performance-ready dancer, focusing on choreography and pizzazz not needed at the lower levels.
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