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Live dance: the ultimate inspiration for any dance student

Live Dance
If you remember the Friends episode The One with the Fake Monica, you’ll know the phrase, “You don’t observe a dance class, you dance a dance class!” That passion is true of any form of dance, but contrary to the tyrant teacher’s statement in the sitcom, you can always be inspired through watching dance shows.

Why see live dance?

You may love one of the classic dance movies, such as Dirty Dancing or Strictly Ballroom, or be addicted to the reality TV shows Dancing with the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance, but nothing beats the thrill of a live dance performance. You want to be able to feel the beat of the music vibrating in your bones, hear the panting of the dancer’s breath, see the sweat glisten on their body – that’s when you know how hard they are working and you can really appreciate the beauty and drama of the art.

What shows?

Any form of live dance should be exciting enough to inspire you, whether that’s watching professionals in a ballroom competition, admiring the chorus in a musical, seeing a dance troupe in a street act or even witnessing a flashmob.

Whatever show you see, look for the universal focus of attention, as well as the individual stylising, because no two people will move the same regardless of identical choreography. Spot the differences in the performance, and use it to find your own interpretation of the moves when you dance.

Where to go?

Sydney has more opportunities to watch live dance than there are days of the week, no matter what your budget. Whether you want to see the variety of dance troupes performing regularly at the Riverside Theatres, Sydney Theatre and Seymour Centre, or prefer something a little more surreal with the Bollywood Authentic Indian Dance Sydney Harbour Cruise, there’s something for everyone.

Melbourne also offers a wide variety of live dance shows, from seeing a classical ballet company at the Palais Theatre, diverse home-grown ballet repertoires at Southbank, the unique Assuit and Tie Belly Dance Club at Wonderland Spiegeltent, the annual Latin festival at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre or the history of Chinese culture in Shen Yun at The Arts Centre.

In Adelaide the Rockit Performing Arts group are active with a variety of street dances and special needs classes, or you could always appear in a flash mob at the dance pad during the Adelaide Fringe. The large Adelaide Festival Centre is a perfect venue for full-scale productions, and of course the Wonderland Ballroom offers a great calendar of competitions and socials alike. If you just can’t resist a bit of Hollywood glamour, you can always catch a show at the open air cinema at Botanic Park, where they have previously played Swayze’s star turn in Dirty Dancing.

You dance a dance class

Once you’re inspired, take that passion into the classroom, at Arthur Murray our dance instructors feel it too and will help you translate your enthusiasm into interpreting the set steps to carve your own niche as a dancer.


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 well.read 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 hobby.read more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17