Ablaze Ballroom

4200 N Access Rd, Chattanooga

Up to 87% Off Wedding Choreography Session or 2 Private Lessons, 2 Group Classes & Party Pass–Ablaze Ballroom

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Professional dance instruction from studio that specializes in social, wedding, and Latin dances

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30 ratings16 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
October 16, 2019
Denise made our first dance lesson fun and easy but giving clear instructions for what we could manage. Highly recommended.
5 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
February 21, 2019
Denise is great!
3 ratings3 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
July 10, 2018
Denise is the best. She is an amazing instructor and able to teach with clarity which was important to me and my Fiance because we had no experience dancing going in.
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 7, 2018
The best experience ever! Put together the perfect first dance routine for my Wife and I in a matter of just a few lessons and it all went off without a hitch. Highly recommended!
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3 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
August 31, 2016
Denise was awesome, and we got a lot out of just one session with her!
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About This Deal

Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for one 60-minute wedding choreography session for two ($75 value)
  • $19 for two 30-minute private lessons, two group classes, and one party pass for one ( $150 value)

Leading and Following: Staying in Tune with Your Partner

Before you and a partner hit the floor, you’ll need to decide who will lead. Learn why dancing is more than a game of “Follow the Leader” in Groupon’s study of the concept.

A truly great dancer can lead a partner through a waltz on a crowded floor without smashing any toes or shattering any monocles—even if that partner has never waltzed before. The lead dancer (traditionally, but not always, the male of a male-female partnership) is charged with sending nonverbal cues to his partner through subtle movements of his hands and arms. This task can be incredibly nuanced, as the lead dancer must simultaneously keep time with the music, plan out his next steps, and navigate around other dancers. This is not to say that the other partner is entirely passive. Richard Powers, a dance instructor at Stanford University, asserts in his Thoughts on Dance that “the follow role is mentally and physically active,” just as aware of her surroundings and her partner’s movements as the lead. Each partner must constantly adjust their movements to match the other’s, and a good lead will never exert too much force if his partner does not catch his cues or know how to read his semaphore flags. “Clear leading is the physical equivalent of quiet, perfect diction, not shouting,” writes Powers.

This equality-minded philosophy of social dance gained widespread acceptance after the gender-role upheavals of the 20th century, but it isn’t a new phenomenon. Many 19th century men were emphatic about respecting the autonomy of their dance partners, with famed dancer Charles Durang noting in 1847 that “Gentlemen ought always to be attentive to their partners, and they should move in unison with their every step and attitude.” That sentiment makes a striking contrast with that of a 1930 writer who argued that “No matter what her views on suffrage and feminism may be, it is a woman’s duty to let the man lead on the ballroom floor. […] He is the pace-maker; she is his shadow.” These attitudes about female submission on the dance floor persisted well through the 1950s, when the rise of the feminist movement began to reshape attitudes throughout society. Today, many dancers of any gender feel it’s important to learn to lead and to follow in order to become a well-rounded, attentive partner.

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