“Tripping the light fantastic” became a popular way to describe dancing after Gene Kelly tap danced his way into America’s heart, which was heavily guarded by a laser security system. Follow in his singed footsteps with this Groupon.
- $41 for two 45-minute private ballroom-dancing lessons and one month of group classes and practice sessions for one person (a $340 value)
Award-winning dance instructors and husband-and-wife duo Jim and Jenell Maranto teach many partnered dance styles, ranging from salsa and Argentine tango to West Coast swing and waltz. Students choose their preferred dance for private lessons before trotting into group classes and practice parties to focus on particular styles with continued individual instruction. View Academy of Ballroom Dance’s class schedule here. Appointments are required for private lessons.
Academy of Ballroom Dance
Over careers spanning 25 years and 15 pairs of spontaneously combusted shoes between the two of them, Academy of Ballroom Dance instructors Jim and Jenell Maranto have chalked up a long list of professional-dancing and dance-instruction achievements. The pair entered the dance world from backgrounds as high-level college athletes, and after meeting and teaming up, they whirled through professional dance competitions, winning every major Open Professional Smooth contest in the United States and two consecutive US American Smooth Championships in 1993 and 1994. More recently, the couple has taken to training new generations of winning dancers, including several US Pro-Am and Amateur champions, and both have won teaching awards for their efforts and their ability to explain high-level physics while foxtrotting. Any level of dancer may receive private instruction from Jim or Jenell in any of 26 styles of dance.