Like a bowl of fresh salsa, a good dancer has the ability to spicy up any dull party or construction site. Build a skilled set of legs with today’s deal: for $99, you get four 30-minute private ballroom-dancing lessons for a couple or individual (a $190 value) and one group class (a $25 value) at Arts & Rhythm Ballroom Dance Studio in Metairie (a $215 total value).
The elegant steppers of Arts & Rhythm Ballroom Dance Studio teach students of all ages and skill levels to sway and swing. Owner Irene Torres and dance director Carmen Torres, together with other instructors, boast a wealth of ballroom dancing and teaching experience, as well as the ability to touch their toes to their eyes. The team shares the steps of a variety of styles, such as swing, tango, fox trot, waltz, rumba, cha cha, merengue, itchy lizard, and more in a safe, comfortable studio. The center's welcoming philosophy demands neither a partner nor previous dancing experience.
Arts & Rhythm students learn all the necessary skills, from musicality and leading and following to step patterns, partnering skills, interpretation and expression, and wolf evasion. Each resulting class marries an entertaining workout with a lively social event. Set in a new space paved with wood floors, twirlers stretch their legs in a mirrored ballroom to strains pumped through a professional sound system.
Private lessons are by appointment, and group classes are held Thursdays at 7 p.m.