Fred Astaire Dance Studios' highly experienced instructors instill the subtle elegance of waltzes, fox trots, and tangos into dancing gams. Private introductory lessons school feet in a choice of over 20 styles during sessions, as individuals or couples learn the basics of ballroom dance, dance-floor etiquette, and surgical options available for second left feet. Aside from private sessions, group classes encourage amateur dancers to test out their skills with fellow frolickers during 45 minutes of sashaying and socializing. By the end of their introductory education, students whirl and waltz through the studio's spacious dancing environment with more confidence than the Lord of the Dance at an Irish nightclub.
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 other classmates as the 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.
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance with today's Groupon: five group dance or fitness classes for $35 at Dance FX Studios (a $75 value). Experienced dancers and feeble-footed amateurs alike will benefit from a creative environment free of painful dental procedures. Or take advantage of fitness fun to shape your body into a rhombus.Hour 3: The other dancers revere you. Your nametag falls off, but everyone knows your nickname: “The Guy Who Was Acquitted of Trespassing Earlier in the Year.”
With its grand facilities,
array of class styles, and a fleet of experienced instructors, every lesson at Stars Ballroom is as fun as it is educational. Lessons span an exhaustive selection of ballroom genres, including the foxtrot, tango, and West Coast swing, which is similar to regular swing but requires shoes made of sourdough bread. Classes also cover a variety of teaching styles, whether you're prepping
for a wedding dance, perfecting steps you've been working on, or starting to compete.