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Across three studios equipped with wooden dance-floors, Mary Lorraine's Dance Center's experienced instructors teach children and adults the intricate steps of a variety of dance styles. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop, and the center also offers pom, stretch, and strengthen. And to accommodate both recreational and competitive students, the center offers two levels of courses: those that emphasize a fun environment and encourage dance-related knock knock jokes and those that are intensive and focus on career training and competitive elements.

5330 S 136th St
Omaha,
NE
US

The Holland Performing Arts Center insulates empty stomachs during the two hours before and one hour after any game of the College World Series, grilling up Guckenheimer hot dogs in its tented concessions stand. Chips accompany each bite with a pleasant crunching that drowns out the buzzing of bee-beards, while an icy soda covered in condensation droplets washes down mustard residue, leaving the throat clear for game-time cheers. The concessions tent is located in the All Star Village, approximately six city blocks from the stadium and just a few blocks from optional game parking and accommodations.

1200 Douglas St
Omaha,
NE
US

An Omaha theater fixture since the 1920s, the Omaha Community Playhouse flash-cooks acting chops with acting and stage performance classes taught by committed, experienced instructors. Beginners and experienced performers can take part in a variety of adult and youth courses, including acting, improv, musical-theater dance, youth acting, and speaking in iambic pentameter at work. Learn new skills or revisit old passions at weekly classes that last six weeks, with new courses starting on April 18, 2011. The creative drama/movement class offers youngsters acting games coupled with creative movement interventions, and culminates with a showcase of the skills learned in both areas. Classes are first come, first served, and you can go online for detailed class descriptions or to register for an upcoming course.

6915 Cass St
Omaha,
NE
US

David Gray's soothing folk-rock sounds and heartfelt lyrics have serenaded fans for nearly 20 years, earning the artist accolades and chart-topping hits in the United States and U.K. Gravelly voiced Gray mixes poetic introspection with ethereal guitar melodies to create songs that plumb soulful depths like existential octopuses. On his successful Lost and Found tour, Gray will supercharge his signature acoustics with live-performance electricity, performing a bevy of songs including numbers from his recent album Foundling. Groupon-holding spectators will sate aural appetites from level 3 seats—located in the outer banks of the orchestra and loge levels and in parts of the balcony—of the historical Orpheum Theater, with quadruple tier seating that provides ample views of every note as they flutter away from the stage and into the embrace of a nearby eardrums.

409 S 16th St
Omaha,
NE
US

Founded in 2003 by Derek and Rachelle Pasqualetto, Simply Ballroom gives students over 3,000 square feet of sprung wood floor space in which to learn practical dance skills that can be used to sweep job interviewers and Supreme Court justices off their feet. During two 40-minute private lessons (new clients get one complimentary lesson, $65 value for each additional), a professional dance instructor will introduce each customer to a wide range of dance styles—including the waltz, tango, cha cha, rumba, salsa, mambo, and end zone shuffle. By dancing with a knowledgeable human being rather than a complicated PowerPoint presentation, students are guaranteed to receive helpful pointers and attentive, one-on-one care. Once students settle on a style or two they like, they'll have a full month of unlimited group classes ($60 value) to fine-tune them with fellow dancers at their skill level—in the process receiving a core-strengthening workout, improving coordination, and developing a tolerance for centrifugal G-force that comes in handy during space travel. Finally, students will get to socialize and show off their fancified footwork during a two-hour practice party ($10 value) in a nightclub environment, where they can build confidence for real-life social dances, as well as enjoy an excuse to wear sequined cape skirts and ruffled pirate shirts outside of their shift at the DMV.

2679 Farnam St
Omaha,
NE
US

The Basement Dance & Yoga Studio celebrates bodies in motion, whether they are peacefully poised in a meditative yoga pose or joyfully abandoned in a hip-hop pop-and-lock. Instructor of hip-hop classes Janel Scott, a fourth-generation dance instructor with a pedigree that pirouettes back to Chicago's 1920s vaudeville scene, preaches an active learning style, focusing on sound fundamentals and promoting an energetic atmosphere. Adult Hip Hop 101 schools beat-bound bodies in the funky ways of popping, locking, gliding, waving, and Chi-town footwork, which originated in the tradition of using slick choreography to bribe an alderman into settling your parking ticket. The ladies-only Night Club Hip Hop coaches a jazz-funk hip-hop style reminiscent of the "Single Ladies" routine. Although some of the sass-infused routines will be learned in high heels, others can only be performed in diamond-studded rain boots.

2705 N Main St
Elkhorn,
NE
US