Excelling in the art of dance requires patience, swanlike grace, and a pair of feet strong enough to squeeze two lumps of coal until milk comes out. Massage coal-teats into a dance-bucket with today's Groupon: for $60, you get the ballroom-dance package (up to a $215 value) at Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville.
Allegro's ballroom-dance package consists of one dance class and two dance parties per month, plus four dance classes of your choice and admission to any two dance parties during the first month; this means you get access to a total of five classes and four parties in your first month, plus 30% off all classes and parties bought after using the monthly allotment. Parties and mixers are generally held on weekend nights, making it easy for working stiffs to get limber during the hours they're not contractually obligated to turn into pumpkins.
The class schedule offers copious class styles seven days a week, including Argentine tango, cha cha, Chinese tango, foxtrot, jive, rumba, salsa, waltz, and more. Allegro employs an arsenal of professional dance instructors to teach students of all skill levels proper dance movements and which pants provide the most aerodynamic pizzazz.
Yelpers give the Allegro Ballroom a four-star average:
- This place is really nice for tango dancing. It is clean, has a lovely atmosphere, large dance floor, lots of people willing to dance and complimentary wine. I went here a few times with a friend and even though we didn't know anyone, there were plenty of friendly leaders to ask us to dance. – Cassi J.
- Great teachers, and on thursdays there is a great dance party afterwards to show off what you have learned. – Whitney F.
Grace and self-confidence are learned skills at Allegro Ballroom. The nonprofit, volunteer-operated dance studio teaches students of all ages and skill levels how to master the footwork of various American and international ballroom dance styles. Instructors lead group and private classes in everything from Latino style dance such as the Salsa and the Bachata, to the Spanish style Bolero and the Kizomba of Angolan origins, meeting in one of the three ballroom practice spaces that range in size from 800 to 3,000 square feet. Whether visitors are looking for an introduction to the fundamentals of a particular dance or to take on a more in-depth study of a preferred style, the instructors are available to provide engaging and informative insight intended to help people navigate a dance floor with ease.