Ritz Ballroom guides feet through the varied steps of ballroom and Latin dances in a series of group and private lessons. Led by experienced sashayers, a quintet of 45-minute group classes inaugurates students to each dance's basics, letting patrons get the feel for specific steps, learn proper dancing etiquette, and quickly identify which partners are secretly concealing performance-enhancing roller skates. Up to 20 students glide through the mirrored studio at a time, committing steps to muscle memory while getting hearts and smiles pumping. During the private lesson, dance instructors spend 45 minutes providing one-on-one coaching through troublesome steps and personalize the lesson to target specific weaknesses and improve overall technique. Friday-evening dance parties bolster dance-floor confidence with a studio-wide get-down, allowing the newly fleet-footed to show off their skills and mingle with fellow steppers to a backdrop of popular tunes or a baseline of spontaneous tappers.
A block from the beach where waves roll in in steady beats, Paramount Ballroom is keeping rhythms of its own. Accredited instructors lead classes in Latin and ballroom dances, letting students set their own pace during waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, and swing classes. Although private lessons are available, group lessons allow 10 to 15 students plenty of partner practice. The studio also transforms into a dance club where students can mingle and practice moves in a lively environment free of intimidation.
Inspired by the strong sense of family he experienced in dance studios growing up, John Harris opened Sultry Swing Dance Studio to provide his own students with a warm, welcoming place to bond while boogying. With today's Groupon, anyone, from the rhythmically inept to the competitively inclined, can schedule an hour-long private lesson ($75) with John or Mary Jane Harris, 2006's Florida State West Coast Swing Dance Champions. Backed with 19 years of shared instructor experience and vast technical knowledge, they'll provide individualized instruction to show you (and your partner, if your bring one) how to add spice to your salsa or flavor to your foxtrot, all while having fun, zapping calories, and avoiding viaducts.