A block from the beach where waves roll in in steady beats, Paramount Ballroom is keeping rhythms of its own. Accredited instructors lead classes in Latin and ballroom dances, letting students set their own pace during waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, and swing classes. Although private lessons are available, group lessons allow 10 to 15 students plenty of partner practice. The studio also transforms into a dance club where students can mingle and practice moves in a lively environment free of intimidation.
The stylists at Magic Beauty Hair Spa Dance have to be especially mindful when applying hair extensions—there's always a chance that their clients will test them by twirling in the next room. That's because the combination salon and studio complements its cosmetic treatments with cardio-dance workouts. The dual approach bolsters confidence on two levels, flattering physiques with spa services and melting calories with upbeat Zumba, ballroom, and belly-dancing classes. From expert hair colorists to seasoned dance instructors, each staff member brings his or her expertise to bear on the health and beauty menu. The versatile venue also rents out its reception hall for occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and independent workshops.
For the past 17 years, Kevin Marone and Charles Morely have been engaging their community with a passion for dance. In that time, they have cultivated a team of expert instructors who fill Crystal Ballroom’s sprawling wooden dance floor with students of all ages and skill levels. Dance coaches teach private and group lessons, host dinner-and-dancing socials, and even instruct students preparing for competition. Their wide range of expertise ensures that rug-cutters can focus on any style they may be looking for, from tango and waltz to East Coast swing and foxtrot.
Inspired by the strong sense of family he experienced in dance studios growing up, John Harris opened Sultry Swing Dance Studio to provide his own students with a warm, welcoming place to bond while boogying. With today's Groupon, anyone, from the rhythmically inept to the competitively inclined, can schedule an hour-long private lesson ($75) with John or Mary Jane Harris, 2006's Florida State West Coast Swing Dance Champions. Backed with 19 years of shared instructor experience and vast technical knowledge, they'll provide individualized instruction to show you (and your partner, if your bring one) how to add spice to your salsa or flavor to your foxtrot, all while having fun, zapping calories, and avoiding viaducts.
At The Plaza Ballroom, owner Ann Groves and her troupe of instructors teach classic ballroom dances such as the tango and fox trot. Their studio hosts classes throughout the week, including ones geared toward beginners. To complement the lessons, dancers can attend The Plaza's Saturday night dance parties or one of its special events, such as a kids' dance camp that is set in the woods where the macarena was invented.
Step N Dance founder Tony Duarte began dancing as a child in Nicaragua. Soon after moving to Miami at age 16, he developed an interest in styles ranging from the waltz to the hustle. With the new discovery of so many new steps came a passionate love of one particular style, however, and Duarte soon mastered the art of salsa. Over his career, Duarte’s skills have been seen on PBS, Univision, and every time he crosses the street. Classes at his own studio lean strongly towards salsa and other Latin styles, each enlivened with a smattering of jazz, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban influences.
Dance Unlimited's graceful gurus nurture students' passion for rhythm and movement, schooling soft-shoers of all experience levels in a positive atmosphere. Taught by Dr. Nicole Rothman, the aerobic-dance hybrid Zumba class (Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) makes hearts race to the tunes and rhythms of Latin music, like a dog-sled team driven by a Mariachi band. The Ballroom/Latin class (Wednesdays, 8:15 p.m.–9:15 p.m.) alternates instruction on salsa, samba, tango, and cha-cha with swing, waltz, and other footwork favorites. Couples are welcome, but for those not living buddy-cop fantasies, a partner isn't necessary. Groupon customers are free to take all six of their lessons in a single category, or mix, match, and even take both on the same night. Bring appropriate floor-pounding footwear and call ahead to reserve your spot.