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Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social 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 certified instructors. 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.
7326 Mid Mall Drive
Rockford,
IL
US
Mary Lee's encouraging pop-and-lock experts instill the passion of rhythm and dance in students ages 5 to adult through weekly hip-hop classes. Each 45-minute lesson begins with warm-up exercises that stretch out limbs to prevent participants from pulling muscles. Dancing protégés then take to the floor and glean tips on performing modern hip-hop maneuvers such as the glide, the harlem shake, and the properly grounded electric slide. Students must come appropriately dressed in clean sneakers—no street shoes—and comfortable dance clothes devoid of zippers and buckles. Class times vary depending on the dancer's age, so check Mary Lee's class schedule to find the most convenient class.
1888 Daimler Road
Rockford,
IL
US
Madison's experiential comedy show takes place at the eastside Glass Nickel Pizza Company on Atwood Avenue and begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). The Monkey Business Institute features no sets, props, or scripts, which allows the hilarious ensemble to craft improv hilarity off the spur of their cufflinks. With decades of improvisational cosmonaut experience and interactive audience participation, each show is distinct and spontaneous. This simian comedy collective features improvisers such as Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda, who have received more than 70 million YouTube hits for viral video sensations such as "Chad Vader." Keep a third eye peeled for other local favorites Brad Knight, Jason Stephens, Sheila Robertson, and more.
2916 Atwood Ave
Madison,
WI
US
Budding artists of all ages can begin to imprint their creative legacies in two-hour printmaking workshops that consist of stamp-making and hands-on card-making with cards on colored paper stocks. Professional artist Aliza Rand draws on more than 10 years of teaching experience to guide small groups of students through the creative process, demonstrating how to whittle stamps with finesse and strap them securely to feet before using monkey bars to cross gooey fields of ink. Holiday-themed workshops spread the season’s cheer with step-by-step instructions for fashioning festive Christmas cards or stamps in the shapes of fir trees to remind Santa of home during his circumnavigational blimp ride.
223 East Mifflin Street
Madison,
WI
US
Come to Orpheum Theatre to grab an American classic with a side of fries. Serving the opposite of low-fat fare, Orpheum Theatre is perfect for people who want to indulge. Be sure to complete your meal at Orpheum Theatre with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Whether you have a large or small group, Orpheum Theatre can accommodate both. The restaurant features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm. Loud is an understatement when it comes to the decibel levels at this restaurant, so it's best to save conversation for another location. If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time. Drive to lunch or dinner at Orpheum Theatre and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street. At Orpheum Theatre, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside. A typical meal at Orpheum Theatre will set you back less than $30. Stop by for three square meals a day — Orpheum Theatre serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
216 State St
Madison,
WI
US
You won't be disappointed at Bartell Community Theatre in Madison, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Bartell Community Theatre's beautiful outdoor seating area. At Bartell Community Theatre, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties. Wear what you like when you dine at Bartell Community Theatre — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. At Bartell Community Theatre, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking. Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Bartell Community Theatre, too — meals there usually cost less than $15.
113 E Mifflin St
Madison,
WI
US
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