As competitive ballroom dancers and coaches of the ballroom dance team at Ohio State University, Alex Thomas and Josh Tilford believe any person can reach their dance goals in the right program. Together, they own and run Dance Tonight, whose network includes group and private instruction of myriad dance styles such as waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, and swing. Lessons can help even the slowest at foot become confident in their step as they absorb basic dance knowledge, prepare for special events, or escalate to amateur ballroom competitor status. The adult instruction is also supplemented by an extensive children's program, directed by professional instructor Danielle Moor.
You can hear heels click-clicking in time with the music during each group lesson at Fred Astaire studio. The same wood floor here transforms into a gathering place for the school’s dancers when the studio hosts its regular dance parties. On those nights, students come to practice the moves they learned in class, be they social or ballroom dancers. Instructors also teach private dance classes so you can brush up on moves before a wedding or perform jury duty as a mime.
Armed with 21 years of training in various athletic disciplines and multiple certifications through organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Jason Yun helps clients to mow down calories. With his assistant coaches Rick Locke, Bob Benden, and Bob Carleton, he bolsters the physical prowess and mental focus of students during multi-week boot camps. In addition to the camp, he teaches advanced classes such as Kettlebell Khaos or the blazingly fast-paced YunFit. In the latter, Yun shouts out a series of cardio and strength-training commands such as “pushup,” “squat,” or “go home and make a wheatgrass smoothie.”
You see that special someone heading toward you across the room, and your anticipation builds to butterfly-bursting levels. “May I have this dance?” they ask. Thankfully the dance is the chicken dance, which all human beings learn in the womb. Had the dance been of the more challenging variety, you may have been stuck in fantasy limbo without today’s Groupon. For $15, you’ll get four ballroom dance classes ($20) and one private lesson ($25) at Emerald City Ballroom Dance Club ($45 total value), located a few fox trots from downtown Columbus in Dublin. Your Groupon is good for one dancer, so partners should pick up two. The basic moves of ballroom dancing are easily learned in a single afternoon, but their ultimate mastery can take weeks of practice. These moves include the sweep, the whalebone bustle, the glasgow haircut, and of course, the broken arrow."
The professional instructors at The Dance Extension help students to discover their fancy feet, whether they are planted firmly on the ground for a tap performance or gracefully dangling midair from a trapeze. During the one-hour sessions, professional trapeze artists show aspiring air swingers how to fly upside down and perform a summersault or a birdcage, in addition to myriad other techniques and maneuvers.
At Salsa by Todd, veteran instructor Todd the Salsa Guy leads patrons through sultry steps as they build their fitness abilities and hone their Latin-dance techniques. During weekly group salsa classes, students pair up to master beginner- and intermediate-level routines replete with hip swiveling, partnered twirls, and choreographed piggyback rides. Todd's private lessons reveal the secrets of salsa and Latin styles such as bachata and merengue, accelerating the learning process with personalized attention. Neither class style requires previous dance experience, and the studio welcomes students who arrive solo, in dancing duos, or backed up by a posse of imaginary friends.