Arete Dance Center

Arete Dance Center

5.0 (2)
2 hires on
6 employees
10 years in business

About this pro

We offer artistic, thorough dance instruction for adults who aim for excellence. From our beginning ballroom dance lessons to our adult ballet classes we create strong movement skills and nurture the creative element in each person we work with. 

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Los Altos, CA 94024
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2 Reviews


  • Anne

    Amazing studio! Staff is very professional and super friendly. Here, you find a second family to teach you dance in a welcoming environment. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for excellence and fun at the same time!

  • Isaac Aguilar

    I’ve been attending the group classes and receiving private lessons at Arete since December of 2016 and I’ve been very happy. The group classes have been very delightful! Those who attend are super friendly and the instructors are very welcoming and professional; they make walking through the doors and taking the classes a very pleasant and fun experience. The dancing is equally as enjoyable as the people, the instructor’s knowledge and passion for dance comes through with the techniques and patterns that are taught in class; and in short time had me dancing outside of class. On top of the group classes I take private Ballroom and Latin lessons. The lessons have been invaluable in my pursuit in becoming a better and more confident dancer. The instructors dive into the techniques and patterns learned in class along with ones they don’t go over in class. My timing, footwork, frame and even the character of my dancing has improved dramatically in the short time I’ve been taking private lessons. Oh, and as icing on the cake on Friday night’s they have a social dancing event where the first hour is spent which will add spice to the dances taught in the group classes. Overall, I would recommend Arete to anyone who wants to learn to dance socially in a fun and friendly environment and to those who want to take their dancing beyond just social.

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

We recommend you begin with the Intro to Ballroom class every Wednesday night 7:45-8:45 pm.  Classes begin the first Wednesday of each month.  The cost is $60 per person for the series of four classes. Pre-registration is required and you can do that on our website. 

We have an "Intro To Ballroom for 2 left feet" class as well which is Monday evenings at 6:15-7 pm. This also begins the first week of the month and requires pre-registration. Same material but at a slower pace!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Our instructors have deep backgrounds in ballroom, latin and classical ballet training.  Our instructors have been teaching anywhere from 2 to 20 years.

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

Yes, the Intro to Ballroom class costs $60 per person and includes 4 classes.  Begin the first Wednesday of the month from 7:45-8:45 pm.

What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with hundreds, if not thousands, of beginners as well as advanced dancers and professionals.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Our Popsicle Classic in house team match competition!

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

Choose a reputable school that is close by you (so you will continue to make it happen) that feels welcoming and serves your needs.