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Learn to Dance during COVID-19


Outdoor Lessons

Under current Santa Clara County guidance, we recently opened up outdoor private dance lessons!  Masks and social distancing are required.

Join us at one of these locations:

  • Behind our studio in Los Altos (outdoor dance floor under shady awning with music)

  • In your own backyard!

In-Studio Private Lessons (Coming soon!)

As soon as we're able to, we'll be pleased to offer indoor private lessons in our beautiful 1,800 square foot dance studio in Los Altos. We'll be limiting the space to 1-2 private lessons at a time and will require masks and social distancing.

For now, we encourage you to take advantage of our outdoor or online lesson options.

Online Private Lessons and Group Classes

We're currently offering both group classes and private lessons virtually - now you can stay fit and learn to dance in the comfort of your own home! Online classes and private lessons are both taught virtually through Zoom video conferencing. Learn ballroom and Latin dance, ballet, and swing, or stay healthy at home with Pilates, Zumba, LaBlast, and toning.

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

About Areté Dance Center

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. Learn to dance in a friendly atmosphere, where staff and students alike are eager to help.

A Comprehensive System:

Areté Dance Center takes pride in our unique and comprehensive system to turn anyone into a dancer, step-by-step. Inspired by the teachings of Walter Laird and Ray Rivers and our own coaches, Dima and Olga Sukachov, we'll guide you from our Introduction to Ballroom series up to Level 1, Level 2, and beyond through the fundamental building blocks of dance technique and musicality. Whether you want to dance socially or competitively, the system is the same. 

We have a clean and beautiful facility located in the Bay Area in Los Altos, a convenient drive from Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, and beyond. We love our in-studio community! Beyond our level-based group classes, we offer many opportunities for our community to come together and dance: from our Friday night social parties with a different theme every week, to weekly rounds where students can practice all they've learned to competition-style music, and more.

Because of our systematic and intuitive approach to teaching ballroom dance to people of all experience levels, we are uniquely positioned to offer a complete online education as well.


Introduction to Ballroom (In Person)

Online Private Lessons & Group Classes

NOTE: This service is temporarily on pause due to COVID-19

How Would You Like to Learn to Dance?


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. This class is good for all levels, even those who have never taken ballet before.

Competitive Ballroom & Latin

Our teachers can help you prepare for performances and 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.


Student Testimonials

- Ashwin S.

Folk Dancing

Arete Dance Center is a wonderful dance studio with true professionals who really care about their students. I always enjoyed going there for a weekly classes. Since the pandemic started they have started to offer classes and Zoom and these classes are a life saver! Every night I stand in front the computer with my dance gear on and for one hour I am filled with joy trying to do ballroom/swing/line dancing/latin with the wonderful instructors at ADC. I have found one thing that works for me to manage the overall stress with the shelter in place. I could not recommend Arete Dance Center more.

Arete Dance Center is just the best dance studio I have ever been to - I have lived all over the world and danced in France, Sweden, UK and the US. But never have encountered a better, professional yet friendly set of instructors. HIGHLY recommended.

- Helen P.

Dancing in Red

It’s been two years since I started taking ballroom classes at ADC. I had no dance experience prior to starting but thought it would be something fun to try for a few months. I started just taking the weekly intro to ballroom class, and am now taking private lessons, group classes, and practicing a ton on top of that. It was never my intent starting out to become this serious about dance, and I think if I’d gone anywhere else to learn I would’ve given it the first few months and called it a day. But the place and people and experience at ADC are now a huge part of my life. All the instructors I’ve worked with have technical background and skill, but also the ability to instill this in students in a way that is both digestible and fun - I think the latter is more difficult to find in a teacher, and it’s also the reason I push myself to practice/learn/grow as much as I do. Kris, who owns the studio and teaches many of the group classes, is absolutely the nicest person. She genuinely cares about/loves her students in a way that creates the studio’s whole atmosphere. ADC truly feels like a family to me, and I couldn’t imagine doing what I’m doing anywhere else.

- Sarah M.

Elegant Dancers

Areté Dance Studio is the best dance studio I know of in the Bay Area. It was recommended to me by a dance teacher because it was said to really stress the fundamentals of dance. But when I started going to Areté, I encountered so much more: not only are the staff and teachers extremely knowledgeable, they are also professional, friendly, and responsive to student concerns, and they cultivate an authentic sense of family -- it is a dance family. What contributes to this, additionally, are the other students who are always open to chat, extend some of their own dance tips, or just a sympathetic ear. I highly recommend Areté to anyone interested in learning dance, whether you are new to dance or have many years of experience to your name.

- Ashwin S.

A great place to learn how to dance! Friendly community and patient instructors that make learning fun!

- Rita P.




979 Fremont Avenue

Los Altos, CA 94024


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The place where adults from Los Altos, San Jose, Mountain View, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Milpitas, Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park, and the rest of the Bay Area learn to dance ballroom and ballet!