Peter Araiza

Peter Araiza

5.0 (1)
1 employee
14 years in business

About this pro

Peter has been teaching Latin Social dance for over a decade. His passion has allowed him to teach Nationally and Internationally. His focus is to give students the tools necessary to be able to dance with anyone. Please visit Peter’s website and social media for more information.

For private lessons please call 562.481.9665

I enjoy connecting with new people. Giving them the confidence and tools they need to be successful on the dance floor is a passion of mine. I also love sharing my experience and knowledge for the dance and it's culture. 

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Long Beach, CA 90807
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  • Arla Lewis

    Just because someone knows how to do something well, that does not mean they can teach it to others. That is definitely not the case with Peter. He is a consummate dancer, and knows how to break down the steps and timing to the smallest degree necessary for his students to be successful. He is always pleasant and patient. He focuses not just on patterns but also on technique. You can know all the steps but if your technique is sloppy, you will not look good, and you will not be an enjoyable partner to dance with.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The very first thing is to access what level a student is. After, I figure out what type of learner they are. The very first thing a student will learn are the basic steps, followed by connection. Once a student begins to understand their balance and body flow then we put the steps together with lead and follow techniques. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons normally go for $100 for a single 60-Minute Session or $300 for (4) 60-Minute Sessions. Appointments are based on availability. I do my best to accommodate the best I can. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started learning how to social dance when I was 18 years old. I took various classes under different instructors. I though I knew what I was doing until I was out of the country at a Salsa Club and I was not able to dance with anyone. Frustrated with my experience, I came back from my trip and started focusing on lead/follow techniques instead of fancy patterns. I was able to take basic everyday actions and relate them to my dancing in one shape or another. At that time I auditioned for a dance company called Contra Tiempo. Through intense training with them I performed nationally with them. It was shortly after that I begin to teach and share my knowledge. I began my teaching experience in Long Beach, California at various locations. About a year later I was hired to teach at a performing arts school in Puerto Rico. While living their I gained a strong appreciation for the culture and a further understanding of my craft. Upon my return I co-founded a dance company called, The LA Influence. Through that experience I trained over fifty dancers in various forms including; Salsa, Bachata and Ruede de Casino (Cuban Style Salsa). The company stayed open for five years. I soon after began touring nationally and internationally teaching at various events. Over the past 10+ years of teaching I was able to touch the lives of hundreds of students. Presently, my focus is now teaching one on one lessons as well as teach within the College Social Dance Community within California. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Though most of my experience has been teaching Adults, I have taught children in the past while instructing at Waldo Gonzalez School of the Performing Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In May of 2019 I had the honor of performing with a student at a Hospital Charity Function. My student whom had never danced prior, had to dance in front of 300 people. It was an emotional event because she was dancing in memory of her best friend who unfortunately lost her battle with cancer. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Best advice I can give to any student is, find an instructor you like. You are spending hours of your time with them. Find the right match for you. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why do you want to dance? What do you hope to get out of this experiance?