Dance Classes in Portland
Arthur Murray School of Dance brings fitness, fun, poise, and a touch of elegance to Portland through ballroom dance.
Our Portland dance studio trains:
Add an energizing social activity,
get to know your partner better, or
prepare for dancing at a special event
Ballroom Dance Competitors
Polish your technique,
add to your repertoire as a
competitive ballroom dancer
39 New London Turnpike Glastonbury, CT 06033
Just minutes from Portland
Our Glastonbury Arthur Murray School of Dance is in the heart of Glastonbury inside the Glen Lochen Mall. We are easily accessible to residents of Glastonbury, located around the Corner from Whole Foods and a few minutes away from Chick-Fil-A.
Our Studio is on New London Turnpike, Inside the Glen Lochen Mall next to MIn Ghung Japanese restaurant.
Groups, Couples and individuals of all levels ability are welcome. We are easily accessible to residents of Wethersfield, South Glastonbury, Colchester, Marlborough, Hebron, Cromwell, Rocky Hill, East Hartford, Portland, Manchester and Hartford.
Weddings and Special Events
Are you learning or choreographing a group dance number for a special event? We’ll help you with choreography and get your whole group confidently dancing their part.
We also help nervous grooms and brides get ready for a ballroom number or first dance. Arthur Murray Studios have always been the go-to for wedding dance lessons. We can show you why.
You’ll learn to dance in a comfortable atmosphere, to your maximum technical proficiency.
Lessons are structured to fit schedules, to get you ready for the big day. Join us at our Portland studio.
Dance Styles for Casual Practice or Dancesport
Your first steps as a dancer should be to find the style of dance that speaks to you.
Finding the right dance style inspires self-expression.
You’ll find that you move more naturally to particular types of music and movement.
Some examples of the styles and dance classes offered at our Portland studio are below.
You’ll find Latin ballroom dancing as well as some distinctly US American styles.
BOLERO DANCE LESSONS
The sweeping, slow tempo of the bolero is the main source of its beauty. It is romantic, emotional, deliberate. There are no foot flicks. Instead, drama is produced by articulating the sweeping rhythms and simply feeling the music. It works well with music that laments, whether it’s a beautiful Spanish guitar or a love song by Whitney Houston or The Cure.
CHA-CHA-CHÀ DANCE LESSONS
“And-a cha, cha, cha!” That’s just one of the rhythms of this Cuban-born dance. Staccato movements on a steady 4/4 beat. Beginners start by learning to dance on the beat. As skill level progresses, it’s possible to layer more complex patterns and personal flourishes into the steps. The cha-cha is fun and full of personality.
COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE LESSONS
Country songs both traditional and modern inspire the glides, steps, taps, and turns. It’s hard to go wrong with this unique style, with or without cowboy boots.
FOXTROT DANCE LESSONS
The Foxtrot is a study in rhythm, figures, and positions. The style is classic and rhythmic, danced to big band or those great ‘50s rock’n’roll records (though the dance has been around since the ‘10s, ‘20s, and ‘30s). History buffs might enjoy this little fact: our fearless founder Arthur Murray is credited with standardizing the style so that it could be taught.
HUSTLE DANCE LESSONS
Inspired by classic disco of the ‘70s, the Hustle still finds its soul on the dance floor. These days, the music can be electronica, hip hop, or even post-punk with that underlying disco beat. Turns, spins, and wraps are featured heavily in this dance style.
MAMBO DANCE LESSONS
From the Mambo came the Cha-Cha and Salsa styles. The Afro-Cuban beat of the Mambo inspires high energy and flirtatious partnering. What was that dance that Johnny taught Baby in Dirty Dancing? That’s right – the Mambo.
MERENGUE DANCE LESSONS
The Merengue is a style of Dominican dance and music. Dancers keep a steady marching beat and articulate from the core of the body, drawing patterns along the floor.
QUICKSTEP DANCE LESSONS
The Quickstep is just like it sounds – upbeat with brisk footwork. Dancers must look elegant and agile. You’ll need to bring high energy and attention to detail for this light-hearted style.
RUMBA DANCE LESSONS
“Rumba” is an umbrella term for several flavors of music from different regions around the world, but the ballroom Rhumba is based on Afro-Cuban rhythms. The style uses Cuban Motion and steps are similar to the cha-cha, but at a slower pace.
SALSA DANCE LESSONS
Salsa is a spicy nightclub favorite that combines traditional Latin steps with improvised movements. It’s a sexy evolution of the Cha-Cha and Mambo.
SAMBA DANCE LESSONS
The high energy and soul of Brazil is encapsulated in the Samba. It was on full display during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics opening ceremonies, and its many regional variants can be seen at the yearly Carnival (Carnaval do Brasil). This is a sexy dance that attracts confidence. And even if you don’t come with confidence, you’ll certainly leave with some.
SWING DANCE LESSONS
“Swing” can include styles like the Lindy Hop, Balboa, and the Charleston. The essential character is jazzy and vigorous. No matter the style or speed it’s danced at, swing dancing is contagiously fun.
VIENNESE WALTZ DANCE LESSONS
Gracefully danced at an exhilarating tempo, this is not the slow 1-2-3 that you might expect when you hear “waltz.” This is the Viennese variant, where a fast pace meets poise. This waltz is your opportunity to embody “grace under pressure”!
TANGO DANCE LESSONS
The tango is yearning and intricate, danced in an embrace. Danced best to sultry or emotional music with a strong beat, this tango is all about partner dynamics. Partners must learn to be sensitive to each other’s steps. Improvisation. Emotion. Unspoken communication. These are the characteristics that bring a tango to life.
Portland is where most of the brownstones in Connecticut and New York City – a familiar sight throughout the cities – got their brownstone in the 17th century. It was Portland’s first big industry. Residents enjoy the small-town feel of Portland while having easy accesss to Boston and New York. The area is loved by retirees and families, and no wonder! Portland abounds with historical sites, parks, orchards, and nature. Planning a wedding? Wedding dance lessons and beginner ballroom dance lessons can be found at Arthur Murray Glastonbury!
All of our instructors are skilled dancers who are there to grow your confidence. That means tailoring dance lessons to each individual. Our goal is to guide you toward good technique and always nurturing a positive atmosphere.