It takes two to tango, which is why the Three Stooges pursued careers in quantum physics. Let your feet find their calling with today's Groupon: for $45, you get 11 drop-in dance classes at American Ballroom Dance Institute in Bothell (a $100 value).
Helmed by instructor and owner Andrea Noel Piercey, American Ballroom Dance Institute's crew of fleet feet guide students in rhythmic dances and elegant swirls, offering an alternative route to physical fitness and confidence. The 11 drop-in classes allow students to explore a panoply of dance styles, guided by friendly, professional instructors who abjure both dance-by-numbers mats and mannequins with carelessly assembled feet. No partners are necessary for the classes, which cover ballroom classics such as the Viennese waltz and the tango, as well as bopping social dances including the nightclub two-step and west coast swing. Hips can finally let loose with Latin dances such as the paso doble or samba, and country-minded two-steppers can hang their 10-gallon hats and matching tumbleweeds to vault through the polka and country waltz. Classes take place on Monday through Friday evenings, and students are encouraged to wear lightweight, smooth-soled shoes. See the FAQ for more information.
American Ballroom Dance Institute
The fast-paced steps of mambo, the seamless grace of waltzes, the improvisational stylings of west coast swing—American Ballroom Dance Institute embraces dance styles from across the world and helps students of all ages master the footwork and the showmanship of each one. The instructors break these styles into five basic categories: ballroom, latin, swing, social, and fitness. For each style, the institute offers separate classes specifically tailored to beginners as well as more experienced students. Private lessons and group classes build upon a particular style's fundamentals while helping attendees learn anything from the cha cha to the country-western two step with confidence. Additionally, the institute's Zumba sessions can provide an invigorating aerobic workout by setting basic, easy-to-follow choreography to energetic latin rhythms and engaging public-service announcements.