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Adult Dance Classes in the Bay Area

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Areté [Ahr-i-tey] in its basic sense, means excellence of any kind

At Areté Dance Center, we specialize in being a sanctuary for adults wanting to learn to dance in a safe and comfortable environment. 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. We train everyone and all levels, from absolute beginners to professional level dancers. Learn to dance in a friendly atmosphere, where staff and students alike are eager to help. Our studio is based in Los Altos, conveniently located in the heart of the Bay Area.


Social Partner Dancing

We teach Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Jive, and more in our ballroom dance program.


The genre of ballroom dance is unique, as it is the only form of dance which contains true lead and follow between two people.


Adult Ballet

Our adult ballet classes teach a variety of different styles, from classical to contemporary ballet, with a focus on technique, choreography, and musicality.


We have classes suitable for all levels, even those who have never taken ballet before.

Competitive Ballroom & Latin

Our teachers can help you prepare for competitions. Competing is a great way to show off the skills you've learned and test yourself against dancers from other studios.



Learning to dance for your wedding is fun, engaging and can be a pursuit to share long after your wedding day. We make your dance lessons comfortable while we create a dance that looks natural and smooth.


Fitness Classes

Join our professional dance staff for something a little different: fitness classes! We offer both a Zumba-style dance fitness cardio class as well as strength/stretch.

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Youth Program

We offer private lessons for your child or teen to work one-on-one with one of our qualified ballroom dance instructors. Our youth instructors have been competing since age 5 and focus on teaching children of all ages.


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