Dance with Joy Studios owner Rachel Lidskog strives to imbue her classes with the happiness she feels when dancing. Rachel has competed or taught in Argentina, Cuba, Holland, and Spain, among other countries, and her philosophy of uplifting people through dance is supported by the values of teamwork, creativity, and responsibility.
Along with a crew of professional instructors, she whisks fledgling hoofers around two hardwood-floor ballrooms, infusing their feet with the basics of Latin, country, and ballroom dance. She and her team identify private lessons, group classes or special workshops, and weekly dance parties as the best ways to learn to dance, superior even to dropping a family of ants into your overalls. They also organize wedding-dance lessons to ensure nuptial celebrations progress smoothly and cheerfully.
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After venturing into the fringe dance worlds of the scarf dance and the sticky-maple-candy dance as a result of last year's resolution, send your dancing toes to the pole with this year's. Today's deal gets you into a 90-minute intro to pole dancing class at Diva Den Studio for $15 (a $30 value). To find your perfect schedule, visit the site and pre-register online, but you must be 18 years of age or older with a valid ID before you're allowed to shimmy.
Diva Den Studio is the largest pole-dancing studio in the Northwest. With more disciplined (and certainly slimmer) poles than the Parthenon, Diva's instructors will provide an intense aerobic workout that flexes your severely atrophied inner sexy. Introductory classes are designed for small groups (classes are always limited to 11 students) to provide personalized attention and an emphasis on pole safety. Harness the power of your curvaceous body to build confidence and muscle tone in your core, back, shoulders, and legs. As the seductress buried deep within saunters her way to the surface, you'll engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness and a confident strut.
Don't let your trusty pet's pole skills exceed your own. Diva Den will shift your self-image from cute Koala to fiery, feisty, and fully in charge. To help justify your recent decision to replace your living-room furniture with metal poles, buy a few extra for friends.
Dive Den Studio has received waves of happy customer testimonials, including:
- An amazing presentation & great at teaching the moves themselves! Individual attention was given & received in a productive positive manner – Juliet
- Each one of the instructors have been so friendly and supportive. You guys all have a way of making me feel so confident – R.
- I really enjoyed the class & instruction, it was both fun & friendly – Anonymous Diva
Discover why one of the largest Argentine tango festivals in North America comes to PDX every year with today's deal: one dance class for two at Viscount Dance Studios for $12. Drop-in classes normally cost $14, making this deal better than a two-for-one—don't be shy about bringing a dance partner so you both can outdance your downstairs neighbors.Lance “The Baron” Hardtop: A former member of a top-secret military commando unit, The Baron officially “died” in 1993. After encountering a mysterious artifact in the jungle, Lance and his crew were hunted by an animal-like predator that some believe isn’t of this world. Lance now teaches Samba at Seven every Tuesday.Arturo “Camacho” Ortega: A one-time member of a classified government super-soldier program, Camacho survived a deadly jungle encounter with a predatory beast whose advanced weapons and invisibility cloak still seem not of this world. Camacho hung up his prototype chain guns and now teaches Line Dancing for Couples on Sunday evenings.Darren “Mouse” Mizewski: In a past life, Mouse was a government scientist for the OGA. Stranded with a group of mercenaries in the jungle, Mouse survived by realizing that whatever was tracking them was using an infrared spectrum not of this world. Driven insane by sights that scientists aren’t supposed to see, he gave up making weapons and now teaches Urban Step for The Catatonically Paralyzed.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Prove your feet's dancing-foot mettle or build upon your small-but-confident little toe's dancing mettle with today's Groupon. For $15, you get two open dance classes at BodyVox dance center (a $30 value). The open dance classes include an education in contemporary dance, focused stretching, open ballet, pointe, beginning modern dance, and contemporary ballet. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Since its inception more than 10 years ago, The Portland Ballet has already sent students off to successful careers at prestigious ballet companies, including American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Artistic director Nancy Davis helms an expert staff that follows a specialized curriculum designed to guide students with classes and additional programs with guest instructors that have included Evelyn Cisneros (the former principal ballerina with the San Francisco Ballet) and Marianna Tcherkassky (the former principal ballerina with American Ballet Theatre).
The Portland Ballet accepts students as young as 3 and nurtures their talents through a program that includes creative ballet, curriculum ballet, and a men’s ballet program taught by all-male instructors. Teachers also lead classes for adults and teach alternate dance styles such as jazz and modern. Students get the chance to perform twice a year and can audition for The Portland Ballet’s youth company, which performs repertory pieces and workshops with guest instructors.
The Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy provides a safe, creative, and positive space for children to challenge themselves, develop physical fitness and self-discipline, and work out more than 90% of their wiggles. A family membership (one time fee of $25) allows you to register any family member for any of the myriad classes and programs offered at Westside. Dance classes are available for toddlers, adults, and all movers and shakers in between (1–2 hours a week; $60–$120 a month). Enroll budding Baryshnikovs in toddler ballet or preteen movebusters in hip-hop, and view the ensuing rhythms at the annual dance recital. Westside offers gymnastics classes tailored to boys and girls of all flexibility and experience levels in a 12,000-square-foot gym filled with USA Gymnastics–certified equipment (1–2 hours a week; $63–$126 a month). See the schedule for full dance and gymnastics class listings.