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Ballroom Dance Lessons

Ballroom Dance Style

Rather than one particular style of dance, Ballroom dancing is an umbrella term for a number of partnered dances, including the Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango. Similar in style, these dances share a number of characteristics. With gliding, graceful moves and a distinctive smooth flowing motion, ballroom dance is a popular dance at competition level across the globe.

A celebrated style of dance, Ballroom is a great choice for those wishing to increase their fitness level, while bringing some sophistication and grace into their lives. At Arthur Murray we have Ballroom lessons to suit every skill level from beginners, through to experienced dancers. We offer lessons for couples and singles alike. With Arthur Murray, you will meet new friends and start a healthy lifestyle when you book your complimentary dance lesson!

History of Ballroom Dancing

Appearing in historic texts as early as the sixteen century, ballroom dancing has had a long, splendid, and sometimes controversial history.

Originating from the Latin word ‘Ballare’ which means ‘to dance’, ballroom dancing had a reputation as a dance reserved for the most privileged of society. Its refinery and grace were seen as beautiful and “appropriate” compared with the sensuality and energy of other “less savoury” dances of the times which were popular with the lower classes.

However, when it first gained popularity, the closed hold and closeness of the partners, with the man’s arm resting around the woman’s waist, was seen by the privileged of society as completely scandalous. Eventually the dance was adopted by the upper classes, boundaries separating the classes eroded, and ballroom dancing became a much loved dance style across the world.

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Ballroom Dancing Music

The type of music you will hear when Ballroom dancing depends largely on the type of dance you are learning. The songs that you dance the Waltz to will differ slightly from those you play when learning the Tango. Their only similarities lie in their graceful melodies and soothing tones.

Here are our Top Ten Ballroom Dancing songs:

  1. Too Close for Comfort – Natalie Cole
  2. Fascinating Rhythm – Ella Fitzgerald
  3. Moondance – Van Morrison
  4. Bus Stop – Hans Zimmer
  5. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  6. I Love Being With You – Queen Latifah
  7. A Love Idea – Mark Knopfler
  8. Ocean Waltz – Sting
  9. Hooray for Hollywood – Nancy Sinatra
  10. Guys and Dolls – Sammy Davis Jr.

How to get Started Learning Ballroom Dancing

If you’re interested in learning Ballroom dancing, we’ll start you on the basics of the Fox Trot, which is a great starting point for this beautiful, elegant dance form. By learning the Fox Trot first, you’ll be equipped with the foundations for all other ballroom styles.

With its distinctive flowing motions, Ballroom dancing is a favourite for all age groups. At Arthur Murray we offer a range of options for people interested in learning more about this simple and graceful dance style.

Whether you’re a couple or single, an absolute beginner or an advanced dancer, we create custom lesson plans that suit your personality and schedule.

Start Ballroom dancing from as early as tonight!

Ballroom Classes in Sydney


No matter your skill level, we have a Ballroom class to suit you. Choose a location convenient to you (Sydney CBD, Bondi, Crows Nest), where we’ve been teaching Ballroom classes for more than 50 years. Our dedicated group of instructors will teach you not only to dance, but also to love ballroom.

Visit one of our Sydney dance studios by taking an advantage of our complimentary free lesson offer for all new dancers.

Hours of Operation

Sydney CBD
Monday to Friday – 12:45pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Sydney CBD: 02 8320 4030

Crows Nest
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Crows Nest: 02 8320 4033

Bondi Junction
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Bondi Junction: 02 8320 4036

Monday to Friday – 1:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Parramatta: (02) 02 8320 4039

Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17