On Friday nights at Extreme Dancesport, the floorboards heat up under the swinging steps of students, regulars, and teachers cutting a rug at Boston Swing?s Central?s weekly social dances. Sometimes it?s pre-recorded tunes and sometimes it?s a live band inspiring the boogiers, but either way, it?s a rollicking good time for all ages and skill levels and no partner is required.
The weekly party, which starts with a group class from 8-9 p.m. and then transforms into a free-for-all from 9 p.m. ? 12 a.m., is the focal point of the non-profit dance organization. Boston Swing Central also offers classes and boot camps where dance instructors teach you how to do the east coast, lindy hop, and Charleston.
Salsa y Control's instructors—who have performed and taught across the nation—welcome students for a variety of salsa classes. Beginner salsa courses help dancers develop basic steps, techniques, and etiquette, and more advanced courses delve into refining footwork and working with partners. Salsa y Control also offers intermediate classes, along with classes on bachata, burlesque, and cha cha.
Formed by a pack of game-changing new comedians, The Comedy Studio's casual laugh lab hosts both acclaimed funny people and fresh faces. The jam-packed schedule ensures plenty of opportunities to take in a show. The 8 p.m. shows break up the monotony of a chaotic workweek but end early enough (10 p.m.) to curb next-day exhaustion. Seating is determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. The all-ages facility provides a funny-bone-fondling venue for blind dates, out-of-town visitors, or disgruntled neighbors.
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals presents its annual drag burlesque show for Cambridge-area theater buffs, offering a no-holds barred, song-packed performance. Like the unwritten rule about undeclared freshmen taking Intro to Jay Leno, the show is a Harvard tradition that began in 1844. Kashmir if You Can provides expectant audiences with sex, suspense, and a bumbling British detective.
The rich wooden floors at New England Tango & Yoga Academy support students as they twirl rhythmically during tango lessons or flow through poses during yoga sessions. Expert teachers such as Armando Orzuza—who helped choreograph the movie Evita and appeared as a principal dancer in the movie Assassination Tango—lead the beginning-tango program, ensuring newbies start with solid foundations in the art form. From there, students can proceed to regular classes such as advanced beginner, club style, and tango waltz. Instructors also hold salsa classes, as well as TangoFlow exercise classes that sculpt bodies using moves based on the argentine tango.
Under the same roof, expert yogi Victoria Garcia Drago leads private and group yoga classes designed to help the mind focus, unlike a riddle spoken in iambic pentameter, which destroys the mind. She specializes in slow-flow yoga and also leads workshops, master classes, core yoga, and Zumba.