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Make friends through dance group class and social dance!

Moving cities or even across town can be daunting at any age, but as adults, we don’t have the benefit of being thrown head-first into the automatic friend maker they call school.

As an adult, we have to make an effort to make friends, but it can feel stilted and sometimes uncomfortable, almost like you’re forcing yourself on someone else if you don’t have something to bond over. That’s where dancing comes in…

Social dancing is a great way to make friends, not just in class but outside of the studio too. In class, it’s easy to make friends – you’ll be partnered with someone and you’ll get talking while you learn the steps. Hopefully, you’ll find other things in common and you may find yourself with a new friend or two who you can invite to post-dance drinks or dinner.

Many adult dance students cite the physical nature of dance and the support of fellow students in getting certain steps right as the reason that friendships are forged quickly.

There are also friendly competitions, dance meetup groups and even salsa bars where you can increase your chances of finding a new friend or two through extending yourself on the dance floor. Most studios host internal competitions or advertise others around your city that you can visit both as a spectator or entrant.

Most studios host internal competitions or advertise others around your city that you can visit both as a spectator or entrant.

As a bonus, partnered dancing such as the waltz or tango are also said to improve your self-confidence through the practising of new steps with a partner, and as your partner may be different every week, you’ll find ways to adapt and become comfortable with new people quickly.

But what about outside of the studio? How do you make friends if you’re not even at dance class or a dance meetup? Having a hobby like dancing gives you something to talk about to potential new friends at work or various social events, as people tend to gravitate towards others who have their own independent interests and hobbies.

The great thing about dance though, is that you don’t need to be new to town to want to expand yourself both on the dance floor and socially. Join a dance studio near your home or work and discover a whole new world of people who were already in your backyard!


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