Like defusing a bomb, performing a well-executed dance routine requires concentration, skill, and a nervous partner who questions your every move before unexpectedly jumping out of a window. Blow onlookers away with today’s Groupon to Academy Ballroom. Choose between the following options:
• For $25, you get five group dance lessons (up to a $50 value).
• For $40, you get two 50-minute private lessons for one or two people (up to a $110 value).
Staffed by a battalion of fiery instructors, Academy Ballroom delights dancers with a robust class schedule featuring offerings for many different experience levels. Beginner swingers can show up to a newcomers' class—offered every Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m.—to slowly transform matching sets of left feet into adroit extremities with the grace of twin swans engaged in parliamentary debate. Intermediate and youth lessons also bedeck the schedule, as well as exercise-based sessions, such as Zumba classes and Pilates- and yoga-infused Pi-Yo classes.
Those looking for more intimate attention can leap into two private lessons with an expert instructor, spent either one-on-one or with a partner. The 50-minute sessions explore different dance steps, helping prepare students to bust a variety of moves at their next black-tie gala, wedding reception, or lunar-eclipse festival.
Dance Tonight co-owner Jeremy Norris knows his students. "When it comes down to it, everyone really dances for one reason: to have fun," he states on his school’s website. Co-owner Emily Loyless and their staff of fellow NDCA-registered instructors share his sentiment. In addition to teaching salsa, west coast swing, and country dancing, their dance studio turns into a ballroom dance party on Friday nights where students practice moves from their lessons. Norris and company also schedule Zumba dance fitness classes, whose calorie burn far exceeds that of completing 100 Macarenas.