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Sydney Social Dancing

What’s not to love about Sydney’s social dancing scene?

You can hear the primal bachata rhythm as you wait to get your ID checked. Your feet tap impatiently to the beat. Let me in. You’re itching to leave your self-consciousness at the door, next to the burly security guard.

Everyone seems to have the same idea tonight. The line shortens after an eternity, as a number of sweaty bodies leave the club looking satisfied. Finally, it’s your turn.

The music beckons and your hips take on a life of their own as you enter the dimly lit room. You throw in a few shoulder shimmies for good measure and then it happens – a bold stranger catches your eye, sashays over and twirls you around with enough swagger to make Ricky Martin look like an amateur.

Oh, my.

Why did you wait so long to try this?

You feel as though you’ve been initiated into a secret world, as you discover the throbbing heartbeat of your city’s nightlife – where the essence of Latin dancing comes alive.


Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Dancing is intertwined into our ancient history – pre-dating verbal communication and even cave art. It’s no wonder that we’re drawn to this vital form of expression. Nothing compares to the contagious energy on a dance floor, when everyone is in their element – abandoning their inhibitions and connecting with each other in such a raw way.

If you’ve never ventured into a club when Latin Dancing night is on, it could be fair to say you haven’t fully lived.

Luckily there’s no shortage of clubs in Sydney hosting regular Latin nights, if you want to commandeer some friends, or even go by yourself.

A few Sydney clubs with muy bueno Latin dancing vibes:

The Argyle – Salsa Wednesdays

Every Wednesday night, from 8:30pm

The Argyle, 18 Argyle St, The Rocks

Maloney’s Hotel – every Wednesday night

81 Goulburn St Sydney

The Establishment – every Tuesday night

252 George St Sydney

La Gozadera – Latin dancing every second Saturday (first and third week of the month)

Ashfield RSL

374 Liverpool Rd Ashfield

The Port – Salsa Sundays

Harbourside Shopping Centre, 2-10 Darling Dr, Sydney


Refine your technique with dance classes

If you’re feeling self-conscious about your two left feet, please remember that most people enjoy social dancing for the sake of having fun, rather than showing off their technique.

Part of the magic is to let go of your inhibitions and pretend that nobody’s watching.

But if you want to lift your game and master some impressive moves, why not take professional classes at Arthur Murray? The first lesson is free!

We teach ballroom, latin, swing, waltz, salsa, cha cha, tango, merengue, foxtrot and rumba.

Our studios are based in Sydney CBD, Bondi Junction, Crows Nest and Parramatta, so choose a location that’s most convenient for you.

A few classes could be enough to get you onto the dance floor without the need for any liquid courage, or coaxing from friends! What’s not to love about that?

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