A dance class can teach anyone to move gracefully through upcoming wedding ceremonies, high-school social functions, and swarming bee attacks. Prepare yourself for the inevitable with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a six-week introductory dance course at Joy of Motion Dance Center for the May 9–June 19 spring session (a $99 value). Different courses are offered at the three studio locations in DC and Bethesda. Classes meet once a week for six weeks.
A nonprofit arts organization founded on the belief that dance is for everyone, Joy of Motion offers lessons for all ages and abilities in more styles of dance than you can point a pirouetted toe at. Joy of Motion’s skilled instructors have taught and performed all over the world, often as dancers, and will help students stretch their physical and artistic limits in appreciation for and performance of a choice dance style, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, break dancing, belly dancing, and more. The studio's website lists class descriptions and specific times and locations for each of the 11 skill-cementing courses, so rhythm builders can plan their tap classes around already scheduled diamond heists.
Ballet lets students swan dive into tutu culture by learning basic positions and exercises, and the steps developed in Introduction to Jazz can wow crowds at weddings and classy children's birthday parties. Those seeking to practice twisting techniques can try their feet at Funk and Soul, where they'll learn to pop, strut, and boogaloo. Joy of Motion recommends registering for classes ahead of time, as some fill up faster; all students must register on or before May 15.
Joy of Motion Dance Center
Since 1976 Joy of Motion Dance Center, a nonprofit arts organization, has strapped on its ballet flats to kick down the doors that traditionally bar people from learning dance. Since then, it’s won two Mayor’s Arts Awards, one for Excellence in Service to the Arts, and the other for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. In 10 studio spaces across three different locations, instructors teach adult and youth programs, and lead an outreach initiative that gives disadvantaged kids the chance to learn dance with free classes or merit-based scholarships. Additionally, the center holds performances and showcases where students and patrons get a taste of professional performance without having to become zombies.