After taking home a trophy from the prestigious Ohio Star Ball, award-winning ballroom dancer John Gividen paired up with Kristi Quinn—a trained ballet, jazz, and tap dancer—to help others twirl confidently with other light trippers. At Dance with Grace, they helm a team of National Dance Council of America–certified instructors who dance guests of all skill levels toward proficiency in international and American styles of dance, including the Viennese waltz, paso doble, jive, and West Coast swing. Instructors customize each lesson while concentrating on partnering skills, instead of rote footwork, leaving students with the ability to seamlessly drift between partners and dance styles. They also help couples prepare for their wedding dance so they can confidently perform elegant twirls and effortlessly pull off their first couples kick line.
After traveling the globe performing and racking up awards, world-champion dancer Brian Barakauskas returned to his native Louisville to pay homage to the city where he first learned to dance. At his studio, Dance Louisville, Barakauskas and his staff of professional instructors tap into their extensive dance backgrounds to help students reach their own dance goals, whether they want to compete professionally or simply learn a new salsa routine for an upcoming boardroom presentation. Pupils flit across a 2,400-square-foot floating dance floor during both private and group lessons as well as wedding-dance rehearsals.
Bravo Dance Studio teaches all manner of social and competitive dance styles, from ballroom and Latin to swing. Whether you want to engage in the quest for demi-celebrity-dom by being featured on Dancing with the Minor Reality-Show Contestants, or you just want to twist your second left foot into its proper position, Bravo is an excellent place to begin the journey. With today’s Groupon tucked into your crinoline, you’ll have full access to two half-hour private lessons and one group class. Bring a partner to prepare for that dance-marathon wedding in June, or fly solo and let the instructor be your guide.