From the basics, right through to the advanced courses, our dedicated and passionate teachers help you to not only learn how to dance, but to learn to love it as much as they do!


Learning a new skill can be incredibly daunting. At Arthur Murray Crows Nest, we pride ourselves on creating an environment where our students feel comfortable. All of our teachers are approachable, helpful, and above all else, dedicated to making your experience as enjoyable as possible.

Our teachers are carefully selected and thoroughly trained in the Arthur Murray teaching method. You'll have a regular teacher who will be responsible for your progress. Periodically, you'll have exchange lessons with other teachers which will give you experience and patience in adapting to a variety of dance partners and dance styles.


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Caitlin has been dancing since she was just 9 years old and teaching since she was 18. In her time with Arthur Murray, she’s honed her skills both here at the Crows Nest studio and abroad, living in Chicago - where she learned most importantly, that deep dish pizza is not for the faint of heart. She’s travelled and performed all over the world but her favourite place to be is in the Studio, helping people to grow and embolden their lives through dancing.

Favourite dance?
It changes daily, but today it's Waltz because I'm feeling fancy.

Best tip for the experienced student?
Dancing is a practice, not perfection - go easy on yourself.

Best dance tip?
Take your dancing out of the ballroom - walk tall down the street, work your hips in supermarket aisles and always dance to buskers (and tip afterwards!).

Nathan grew up in New Zealand and started dancing around 25 years ago, taking ballet, jazz and latin american dance lessons. His life-long passion for dance was ignited when he discovered musical theatre and he has appeared in such shows as Westside Story and 42nd Street. He loves to teach and perform and uncover all the different ways people learn.

Best dance tip?
Take your time on the foundations.

Favourite dance?
Viennese Waltz and Rumba.

Best advice for new students?
Have fun... and never worry about what others think!


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Ilia grew up in Russia and has been dancing ballroom and latin dancing since he was 6 years old. With numerous international titles to his name, he began teaching at the Crows Nest Studio in 2016, a few short months after he made the move to Australia from Russia! He loves watching and playing different sports and is currently studying Management at Macquarie University.

Best tip for the experienced student?
There's always something new and exciting to learn or work on.

Favourite dance?
Tango and Foxtrot.

Best Arthur Murray memory?
The first event I participated in, the Medal Ball, July 2016.

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Varsha was first introduced to Indian Classical at a very young age and grew up learning jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical... and yes Bollywood too... it's just part of being an Indian! Dancing is part of Varsha's core and her favourite form of expression. She even choreographed her first routine at the age of 12 and became a professional trainer at the age of 19 when she was offered a position in Shiamak Davar's dance troupe and school.

Best dance tip?
Don't think, just feel.

When did you start dancing?
My first lesson was at age 4, but I'm sure I was dancing before I was walking!

Best Arthur Murray memory?
Winning All Stars to become the Top Teacher of Australasia in my first year.


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Jessica has been twinkling her toes and shaking her hips for as long as she can remember. However, it wasn’t until later in life, when she discovered salsa, that her passion for dancing was forever cemented. She soon discovered bachata, brazilian zouk & kizomba and has dedicated her time to travelling around the world and learning from the best. Jessica's passion for dance is absolutely contagious!

Favourite dance?
I tend to be drawn to the Latin club dances, but whatever is playing on the dance floor – I’m there!

Best dance tip?
Breathe! You’ll notice how much of a difference it can make to your dancing.

Is there anything you’ve learned that was unexpected?
How repetition makes us become more ‘natural dancers’… you don’t even notice the progress happen!

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Giulio grew up in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy where he pursued his love of ballet from a very young age. He was exposed to all different styles of dancing growing up, including classical, modern and contemporary but he's never strayed far from his love of timba cubana. Back home in Italy, he even brought home a gold medal competing in the Italian Federation Of Dancesport in the Caribbean Championships category! He has since lived and worked in London, but now calls Australia home.

Favourite song to dance to?
Maykel Blanco, El Bembe.

Best piece of advice for the experienced dancer?
Patience... patience is key!

If you weren't a dancer, what would you be doing?
Jockey/Equestrian (show riding).


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Amanda started dancing ballet at the age of 3 right up until the age of 21. It was at this stage she decided to try something new and move to Australia. Here she learned jazz, contemporary and many of the latin dances

Favourite dance?
Bachata & Bolero.

Favourite dance movie?
Shall We Dance.

Best Arthur Murray memory?
So many great memories, but I think the highlight was winning Top Specialist Teacher in Australia and getting the opportunity to go to Las Vegas for Superama!

Best piece of advice for the experienced dancer?
We always have something to learn and it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been dancing, you can always go back and do the basic steps with better technique - every single time.

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Simon has been dancing around ballroom floors since the age of 11. He started out learning international standard ballroom and it’s his love and passion for dancing that continues to inspire him and the students he teaches.

Favourite dance movie?
Moulin Rouge.

Favourite dance?
Tango.

Favourite song to dance to?
El Tango De Roxanne (Moulin Rouge, of course!)

Best piece of advice for new students?
Posture… posture… posture! And stop looking down at the floor!!

Best piece of advice for the experienced dancer?
Posture (this never goes away)! And… perseverance and fun are the keys to getting the most out of your dancing.

Best dance tip?
You can achieve anything at all… if you practice.


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Lucia has been dancing up a storm since she was just 7 years old. She started out learning hip hop and break dancing and despite only being with Arthur Murray (overseas) for 5 years, she is an accomplished and professional teacher who loves to see her students grow.

Favourite dance?
Cha Cha, Argentine Tango & Mambo.

Best Arthur Murray memory?
Oooooh I don’t know because I have so many beautiful Arthur Murray memories! The first day when I entered the Studio; my first Showcase; my first DOR with students and my first exam!

Best piece of advice for beginners?
Have fun! Listen to your heart and always believe in your own ability.

Best piece of advice for the experienced dancer?
Have fun! This is for everyone, no matter your ability. Never stop challenging yourself.

If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be doing?
Production design, dressmaker, drummer in a band, graphic designer, life coach.