On the Mat Sports International offers martial arts training and fitness classes within the same facility, providing multiple ways for students to
bolster physical health and self-confidence. Krav maga and tae kwon do lessons instill the values of self-control and perseverance, while also showing children and adults how to protect themselves by using practical defensive techniques. Barre classes, meanwhile, use ballet-inspired stretches that build long, lean muscles and improve balance and coordination, while cardio kickboxing gets students' pulses racing as they perform kicks, jabs, and self-levitations in fast-paced sequences.
The founders of Tango Mercurio chose their non-profit's name carefully. Mercury symbolizes connection, which is what they hope to foster both between paired dancers and within their local community. The arts education organization believes that tango dancing transcends boundaries of class, ethnicity, and generation, and therefore can facilitate greater cultural understanding and social cohesion. So in addition to group and private lessons, the studio offers outreach programs and supports the all-volunteer Community Tango Orchestra.
No matter what type of class a student enrolls in, what level they are studying at, or what outreach program they're lucky enough to access, the Tango Mercurio curriculum covers core principles: body awareness, technical proficiency, expressiveness, and, of course, connection. This connection between partners is important because it is both conducive to improvisation and creative expression, and also allows for larger, collaborative expression as a community, something the founders believe is essential to the overall health and stability of societies.
A panel of certified instructors is ready and waiting to instruct students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Bring a partner to your duo of private lessons, or fly solo and dance with your instructor and a knowing smirk. In either case, you'll leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of your choosing. These lessons are ideal for a range of potential students, from the disgruntled pedestrian looking to never get served again to the fledgling fitness-seeker looking for a fun new way to get shipshape. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few new swing steps for your personal repertoire. Whether you're an experienced dancer hoping to brush up on certain techniques or you have two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands, the lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio offer bountiful, dance-based benefits.
Boogie in Bethesda's intimate, fun environment, with big windows that flood in natural light, creates a comfy venue for all ages to dust off old shoes, learn new techniques, and meet other beginning toe-tappers. Your Groupon is good for one easy and engaging introductory West Coast Swing lesson. Step on the floating wood floor for a two-part, 90-minute group tutorial, where an experienced instructor will teach basic moves that meld elements of Lindy Hop with methods from contemporary jazz, hip-hop, Latin, and ballroom dance. Come locked arm-in-arm with a mate or alone with appendage unhinged.
When Debra Sternberg first caught sight of Tom Koerner at the Doc Scantlin dance in 1987, she was smitten by his enthusiastic jitterbug. Though the duo's subsequent amorous relationship lasted only a year, their swing-dance partnership has lasted for decades. Together, they have jitterbugged and lindy hopped into the top spots in contests that include the 1994 UK Lindy Hop Championships, the 1998 Virginia State Open, and the 2010 National Living Legends of Swing Award.
Today, Tom and Debra pass on their expertise and passion at Gottaswing, their dance school that has expanded into eight locations throughout the United States. Each week, more than 500 students lay the six- and eight-count foundations for the jitterbug and lindy hop. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes meet six nights a week at various studios and dance clubs throughout the DC area, each equipped with a dance floor where students and a woman who looks suspiciously like Amelia Earhart can let loose . Four nights a week, the school invites students to join fellow classmates at events to dance along with DJ-curated tunes and live music.
Drawing from his career as a nationally ranked junior and as a tennis star at Towson University (NCAA Division 1), Nitin Deodhar, a United States Professional Tennis Association instructor, passes on his orb-smashing savvy at Bethesda Tennis Academy. Scored to the rhythms of shuffling shoes and baseline rallies, Nitin and his staff impart their on-court wisdom during private lessons and clinics for both juniors and adults. Their curriculum ranges from sessions that focus on techniques and strategy, including playing doubles and bribing the ref, to sessions that focus more on cardio.
To accommodate its bustling slate of private and group instruction, Bethesda Tennis Academy makes use of three different locations: Seven Locks Swim & Tennis Club, Old Georgetown Swim and Tennis Club, and Carderock Springs Swim and Tennis Club.