Dancing is a healthy way to physically connect to someone, preferable to giving them a painful bear hug or taping your head onto their body. Get cheek-to-cheek with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get eight weeks of group dance or music classes or four private, 30-minute music lessons at Astudia Dance World in Henderson (up to a $150 value).
Astudia Dance World’s dance and music directors share skills picked up over decades-long careers with a team of instructors to create encouraging lessons for inexperienced students. Dance classes cover a variety of styles, with ballet sessions that teach poise and grace through floor and barre work, and hip-hop lessons where students release energy and express themselves through movement. Aspiring musicians can work in groups for eight consecutive weeks or privately with an instructor during four weekly lessons to master the essentials of plucking guitar or bass strings, tapping complex rhythms on drumsets, or removing piano keys to replace missing Jenga blocks. Astudia generally caters their classes for children and teenagers, though there are select dance and guitar lessons for adults on the schedule.
Astudia Dance World
Astudia Dance World embraces all types of music—even kinds that haven't been written yet. Their Jam class trades order for on-the-spot creativity, encouraging students of any instrument to show up and practice the art of improvisation. It's a far cry from the more structured TRAC class (which stands for theory, reading, arranging, and composing), but both offerings celebrate creativity under the supervision of expert instructors.
Directed by Jane Maurer and William Blair, this team helps pupils of all ages explore the wide and varied world of music and dance. Their lessons cover classical styles such as jazz, tap, and ballet in addition to acrobatics, hip-hop, and musical theater, wherein every actor is required to carry a tuba. Meanwhile, instrument classes focus on the piano, guitar, or drums. All of these skills come together in recital performances, where parents can witness their children's progress and cheer them on.