Warrior's Dance is unique in that it blends martial arts, movement, and athleticism into a form that challenges your complete body and mind...

Rafael Otto
Tucson, Arizona

The first day of class, I discovered new muscle groups moving in unison. As class progressed, I began to shed those rigid layers...

Darrin Seidel
Tucson, Arizona

David’s style is eclectic and unique; it refuses to end up in a fixed routine of movements that get repeated in every class… indeed every class is different, though related, and it is impossible to get bored...

Tamir Weiner
Tucson, Arizona

As an older and very active athlete of many years, I am grateful to have found in Warrior's Dance a certain softer approach to conditioning that is allowing me to stay very strong and age with such grace and dignity...

Maralyn Goldstein
Tucson, Arizona

I highly recommend Warrior's Dance for anyone interested in self-development on a higher plane of mastery...

Dan Biel
Tucson, Arizona

I have taught and practiced yoga for many years, and recently began Warrior's Dance. I immediately noticed results that I never experienced from yoga...

Barbara Kittel
Tucson, Arizona

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David Lader’s Warrior’s Dance – A Celebration of Movement

David Lader began developing Warrior’s Dance in 1995 at The Dojang, A Martial Arts Community in Tucson. This was Mr. Lader’s fifth martial arts establishment – his previous schools were located in New York, Vermont, and Ohio respectively. Currently a 5th Degree Tae Kwon Do Master and head instructor of the Warrior’s Dance School in Tucson, Mr. Lader’s original inspiration for Warrior’s Dance derived from his need to develop a safer, gentler, and more mindful warm-up routine for his own aging body – traditional Tae Kwon Do had already begun taking a serious toll on him by his early 30’s.

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This is a still from the first Warrior’s Dance Video shot in March of 2013.

David Lader – More than a martial arts instructor

Through the years, Lader’s training included yoga, ballet, and various other martial arts, including Hapkido, Tai Chi, Hsing-I, and Pa Kua. He also went on to become a Certified Group and Individual Trainer through the American Council on Exercise in his late 30’s. Putting his knowledge of biomechanics, martial arts, and dance together seemed an obvious course for Lader.

Having had a lifelong passion for music and creative movement, it was only natural for David to develop Warrior’s Dance. At the age of 50, he is still actively creating, moving, dancing, and teaching his innovative approach to martial arts. David Lader and his wife Asa currently live in Tucson with their children Linnea and Noah.


We invite you to browse the Warrior’s Dance website, as well as to contact David Lader directly if you’re interested in learning more or signing up.