At City Dance Studios, classes are tailored for students with various levels of experience to ensure everyone can enjoy the art of self-expression through movement. Lessons introduce students to a diverse array of dance styles ranging from classical ballet and jazz, to contemporary hip hop and exotic Bollywood, and West African. Each of the five spacious studios (they range from 900 to 2,400 square feet) are equipped with sprung hardwood or Marley floors and are surrounded by mirrors, so budding dancers can keep an eye on their form and keep pet parakeets occupied until the class has ended.
Aceituno Arts, a martial arts, dance, and music collective, invites neophytes and enthusiasts of all types to practice forms rich in tradition and full of health benefits. A Capoeira class will appeal to those sick of spinning in violent circles by themselves; enthusiastic instructors introduce newcomers to the myriad joys and traditions of the sport, which blends fighting, dancing, and music into an acrobatic martial smoothie. Wing Tsun Kung Fu, a pragmatic style of self-defense that exploits opponents' position and momentum, shows students how to turn the tables on any table-wielding opponents. Kemscrima-Doh teachings fuse armed and unarmed Chinese, Filipino, and Indonesian techniques in one unending slow-motion sequence. Or cut a proverbial rug with Argentinean tango or blues dance classes. Consult Aceituno Arts' schedule for dates; class length ranges from one to two hours. Biodanza and Tony Danza classes are not included in this Groupon.
Hone your hypnotic hip gestures within the style of belly dancing designed by the studio director, Carolena Nericcio. American Tribal Style Belly Dance provides a freeing physical experience driven by improvisational choreography and spontaneous group collaboration. You'll learn the basics of the art through slow movements and quick steps in a fun and inspirational setting. Bring your own zills (finger cymbals) or purchase a pair at the studio to enhance your performance with sonic lure. Emancipate yourself from the inhibitions that keep you locked in a cupboard. The fundamentals of complete stomach control will enable your abdomen to easily mimic ocean waves the next time you have to do an impression of the Atlantic in no-hands charades. Classes run on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until noon.
Entangle & Sway's encouraging instructors motivate ladies of all shapes and experience levels to discover confidence in their femininity while sculpting lean muscles in pole-dancing lessons. Within the strategically and romantically lit, windowless studio, gals can feel comfortable shimmying and twirling at any of the six poles in the noncompetitive, supportive environment. All ladies must begin their journeys to pole-dancing prowess in the Passage to Pole series, a five-week series that meets once a week to familiarize beginners with basic tricks and safety tips. Upon finishing the set, gals can embark on another series, including Pole Connection—which incorporates tantalizing floor work into pole routines while donning heels or snowshoes for an added challenge—or opt for drop-in classes. Drop-in classes grant the opportunity for students to explore varied aspects of pole dancing, perfecting techniques, integrating props, or conditioning muscles for powerful inversions. To celebrate occasions such as birthdays or bachelorette parties, ladies can bring along friends for instructor-led private parties, where they learn a personalized routine while enjoying time for playing around on the poles and posing for photos.
If you feel as sexy as a pair of non-sexy orthopedic shoes, transform yourself into a sexy pair of orthopedic shoes in time for Valentine's Day. For $24, today's Groupon gets you two pole-dancing classes at From Mind to Body (a $60 value), plus 10% off the purchase of one retail product on the studio's website. Both classes must be redeemed at the same location.
Harness the power of your curvaceous body to build confidence and muscle tone. Fun and inspirational teachers combine elements of ballet, yoga, and striptease (though you won't be shedding clothes in your class) to strengthen your core and keep you limber. As the seductress embedded deep within makes her way to the surface, you'll engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness and a confident saunter.
The staccato beat of conga drums rises over the deep voice of a bass guitar and the higher trills of the timbales and piano. Head dancer Evan Margolin and his bevy of experienced instructors lead students in classes that take beginners through basic footwork and salsa rhythms, with intermediate and advanced sessions offering salsa aficionados more challenging instruction. The social class structure—partners rotate throughout every session—creates a low-pressure learning environment and keeps dancers from scrambling to locate a partner or human-shaped tupperware container. The one-hour beginner classes are mostly filled with salsa novices and new dancers, and Dance SF's experienced and engaging local salsateers are patient and friendly when showing new students how to bust well-timed moves. During intermediate classes, which require six months or more of social dancing experience, students focus on timing and cross-body leads with turns. After some evening classes, new dancers are invited to join an all-night salsa party where they can put their new moves in practice. Students should wear comfortable clothing, which includes dancing shoes, but does not include rear-flapped onesie pajamas.