Arjay discovered his dancing ability when he began dancing Hip Hop in High School, and teaching and choreographing dance production numbers. Arjay progressed to International Standard Ballroom and Latin when he joined his parents in their classes and lessons. Three months later, he began to compete in International Standard and Latin divisions with his Professional/Amateur partner, and teach and win First Places at progressively higher levels. After he met his then dance partner, Melissa Rutz, they competed in Amateur divisions with much success.
After a few years dancing the Ballroom/Latin circuit, Arjay discovered an interest in West Coast Swing at his local dance studios Metronome Ballroom (now Cheryl Burke Dance) and Two Left Feet. Instantly attracted to the music, dance community and the beauty of West Coast Swing, Arjay turned his focus and attention to perfecting his craft in the dance.
One of the fastest male dancers to climb the ranks to the Champions division, Arjay has developed a reputation for his unique teaching style, his innovative patterns and musicality. Arjay has won many awards in all dance divisions of the highest caliber; such as Strictly Swing division, Invitational and Champions Jack and Jill division, and both Classic and Showcase Divisions. He has also been a member of Shazam, a West Coast Swing team comprised of the world’s best Champion west coast swing dancers.