Dancing is the second-best way to let the body do the talking, just short of being born with a secondary belly-button mouth. Elegantly express yourself with today's Groupon: for $40, you get 10 group salsa lessons at Salsa Heat (an $80 value), valid at any of the studio's six area locations.
The dance pros at Salsa Heat artfully meld suave, hip-swinging moves with blood-pumping exercise in welcoming group lessons set to sumptuous latin tunes. Each of the six studios boasts different schedules, with a wide range of one-hour sessions to accommodate students of all experience levels. Ample floor space lends a safe harbor for bodies as they twist and dip, speaking the body language of an ice-cream cone. Participants sculpt their cores while pushing balance and coordination to tightrope-like levels, all under the watchful eye of a seasoned dance instructor full of helpful tips and a repertoire of sideline cheers. Students should arrive a few minutes before class equipped with comfy footwear in anticipation of learning new footwork and impromptu Flashdance-worthy solos.
When discussing his teaching philosophy with reporters from Central Florida Lifestyle, the owner of Salsa Heat quipped, "if you can walk, you can dance." He himself didn't know much about dancing when he took his first salsa class in the early 90's, but he caught on after just a few sessions, falling in love with the dance's energetic spins and rhythmic movements.
Today, a team of professional dance instructors teach salsa spins and footwork to students of all experience levels. Zumba and bachata classes provide tutoring in other Latin dance styles, and salsa classes for kids teach youngsters dance fundamentals that hone coordination and motor skills. Throughout the year, the staff hosts special events on their spacious dance floors, such as salsa socials, salsa Christmas parties, and salsa-infused celebrations of Robert Heinlein's birthday.