When Dancing With the Stars' contestants Emmitt Smith, Mark Cuban, Michael Irvin, and Jake Pavelka needed a place to sharpen their rug-cutting capabilities, Cheryl Burke told them to look no further than Studio 22. Studio 22's talented instructors even performed on Dancing With the Stars in October of 2012. Founded by internationally ranked Latin dancing couple Sergey Korshunov and Michelle Hafle, the studio lassos a stable of instructors handpicked from the highest levels of professional competition. Their group classes and private lessons give beginners and seasoned dancers alike the opportunity to polish their performance in styles as diverse as Argentine tango, salsa, ballroom, swing, and country and western.
The 6,200-square-foot studio accommodates classes of every size with its rich wooden floors, wall-length mirrors, and plush leather seating with which to rest feet between exercises and build forts whenever the instructor leaves the room. Studio 22 also hosts weekly dance parties that give students a chance to take new partners for a twirl in convivial, BYOB soirées.
Like a rift in the space-time continuum, the brand-new Venetian Cinemas transports its clientele simultaneously to the past and the future. With architecture that pays homage to the ancient Venetians and Romans, the façade beckons passersby with towering cast-stone columns, enticing them through the doors and into the lobby, where vaulted hallways and more columns with Corinthian capitals sweep them along to the auditoriums. Four screens engross the eyes and ears while more than 800 stuffed leather seats cradle the body, and cuisine from the cinemas' restaurant delights the remaining senses for a complete entertainment experience akin to the famous Roman-gladiator chili cook-offs.
In front of the viewers, granite countertops hold a service button that, when pressed, beckons servers to take orders from the menu. Substantial gourmet offerings such as pizza topped with fresh mozzarella or tacos dressed with green-chili-roasted pork top plates and ready stomachs for belly laughs. While still in their seats, their eyes drawn to the on-screen drama on the wall-to-wall curved screens and their ears bathed in the waves of a 40,000-watt sound system, viewers can order cocktails, microbrews, or margaritas from a fully stocked bar. After the movie, staff members clean up, letting patrons leave their glasses, plates, and ketchup-scrawled plot summaries behind.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with instructors during private lessons and other classmates for group lessons as instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
At Hip Hop Heels, high-heeled shoes aren't dainty accessories, but fierce dancing tools. Owner Geena Ngaaje encourages her students to don comfortable heeled boots for her signature classes, thereby increasing the workout for their lower bodies and injecting the choreography with style. Geena and her team practice a combination of hip-hop, street, and burlesque dance, often channeling the moxie of celebrities such as Beyoncé and Ciara. They also pull from personal experience as performers—their resumés list back-up gigs with the Black Eyed Peas, LL Cool J, and Pitbull.
Their sessions aren't geared entirely toward stars on the rise, however. Whether they're demonstrating sensual hip rolls during Pumps and Grinds or the seductive shimmies of Cabaret, they cater to women of all experience levels, from first-timers to fellow pros and animated characters that are drawn to dance. They also host workshops for beginners, which focus on becoming confident in heels. Private parties allow guests to choose their preferred dance style for a customized lesson, and special-event workshops cover entire routines, including holiday-themed performances set to "Santa Baby."
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Retreat into the dark, comforting womb of the movie theater and nourish yourself with entertainment. Today's Groupon gets you two tickets to any movie at Studio Movie Grill, Dallas's movie theater–restaurant for $5. Ticket prices normally range from $5.75 for children to $9.50 for adults on weekends. Studio Movie Grill supplies all the comforts of watching a movie at home, except with table service, more food options, comfortable chairs that are comfier, and a much larger screen. Grab this Groupon and give your home butler and personal projectionist the night off, or buy two and invite them along.
Studio Movie Grill offers full table service during the feature; just arrive a few minutes early to place your order before the show begins. Take a look at the Studio Movie Grill's bountiful menu of hearty offerings: burgers ($9.49–$11.99), chicken sandwiches ($9.49–$10.49), quesadillas ($8.99–$10.99), salads ($8.49–$11.99), and more. The Grill also houses a full bar; your attentive, yet unobtrusive server will grace your table with the tipple of your choice, be it a vodka cocktail, a glass of red, or a 60-oz. pitcher of Dos Equis ($15.99) to make Transformers 2 go down a little easier.
Redeem your Groupon at one of five Studio Movie Grill locations: Addison, Arlington, Royal Lane, Lewisville, or Plano. Buy tickets for any upcoming show, make a date with your boxing coach, and head over to the Studio Movie Grill for dinner and a show.
Studio Movie Grill satisfies the food and entertainment yearnings of critics on Yahoo! Local and Citysearch; both give it four stars:
- Great night out with my family. Took my parents to the Studio for dinner and a movie. We also enjoyed the drinks! Food was delicious...Service was good, not obtrusive, but available when you needed. – colleyvillemomoftwins, Yahoo! Local
- Great food served in stadium seating makes this a fun outing. The movie theater part is top notch and food is good too. – drldallas, Citysearch
- Date night: Its [sic] great to go on a date to.The food is so good we had the sampler. – Michelle, Yahoo! Local