Dancing is a healthy way to physically connect to someone, preferable to giving them a painful bear hug or sewing your head onto their body. Get cheek-to-cheek with this Groupon.
- $24 for one month of unlimited salsa classes and four Sunday Dance Socials ($80 Value)
During 90-minute classes, certified dance instructors Pete Swingle and Carmen Ahmen lead students through salsa's hypnotic steps and hip swivels. Their intuitive teaching style accommodates students of any skill level as they set concrete and achievable goals for beginners and advanced dancers alike. At Sunday dance socials, guests can chat and rehearse their twirls in a relaxed party setting.
Salsa classes meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sunday dance socials begin with a class from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., then open the floor for casual dancing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Pete and Carmen's Salsa Dance Academy
Certified dance instructors Pete Swingle and Carmen Ahmen relish the challenge of curing extra left feet. They welcome total beginners to their salsa classes, where their patience and supportive attitudes help students feel comfortable enough to pull off the hip-swaying steps. In the interest of steadily progressing students to intermediate and advanced moves, they set up specific goals for each level, ranging from "step in time" to "twirl your partner without having to rely on shoes made of roombas.” They teach disciplines apart from salsa as well, including cha-cha, cumbia, and merengue.
Though learning show-stopping techniques is one of the core benefits of their lessons, Pete and Carmen also hope to reward protégés with the additional perks of dancing, including stress relief, improved muscle tone, and new friendships. Sunday dance socials focus on the latter ambition by gathering dancers for practice in a party setting, which sometimes features live percussion shows and music giveaways.