Circus bears untrained in the art of dance are often the least popular big-top attraction, falling somewhere between the bearded lady and a slice of stale rye bread on a pedestal. Ensure an appearance in the spotlight with today's Groupon: for $39, you get three private dance lessons and one group dance lesson at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Virginia Beach (a $315 value). All lessons can be taken solo or with a partner.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio's experienced instructors navigate couples and individual two-steppers through myriad dance disciplines. Three 40-minute private lessons indoctrinate students with dance classics such as the conversational fox trot, the disco-infused hustle, jump-jiving swing dancing, and the waltz, known as “the mother of all dances” because of its doting attention to making sure everyone’s shoes are safely tied. Latin-infused tutorials such as salsa and tango dial up tempos to improve leading or following skills in a fun, high-energy setting. Alongside the private lessons, dancers can sidle into one of the studio's scheduled 45-minute group lessons to get the kind of social practice that judgmental brooms and graceless vacuums just can’t provide.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when an entrepreneur, also coincidentally named Arthur Murray, began selling mail-order dance lessons. Over the course of the following century, the company grew and expanded internationally to become the cavorting juggernaut that it is today.
3707 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452