Without dance, people could only hum along to "Macarena," and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get five group dance classes at ATOMIC Ballroom, with locations in Irvine and Placentia (a $75 value).
ATOMIC Ballroom's trained instructors lead group classes designed to fill inquiring noggins of all skill levels with the know-how to tango, waltz, and lindy hop across the dance floor. Students can sashay through ATOMIC's cornucopia of dance styles, including more than a dozen different swing styles, ballroom routines, and approaches to the Groucho Marx walk. Rug cutters bolster romantic moves in the 45-minute Beginners Salsa class or hone swing skills with 45 minutes of Advanced West Coast Swing. Five group classes can be used for five sessions of one style or mixed and matched to sharpen a multitude of fancy steps, improving chances of winning dance battles against multiple United Nations representatives. Groupon holders can check ATOMIC's calendar to see when classes are scheduled throughout the week.
Shesha Marvin was nervous as he gazed out on the dance floor, certain that his pounding heart could even be heard over the booming music. He had always been uneasy on his feet, choosing to lurk by the punch bowl at parties rather than asking girls for a dance—but now, at last, was a chance to overcome his fear. He took a deep breath and stepped out onto the floor, where he was immediately swept away in a rush of lively beats and glimmering lights.
After than fateful night, Shesha was hooked. He began dancing six nights a week at local clubs and, eventually, in Disneyland shows, favoring the lindy-hop and swing styles. He traveled the world to compete in international championships, even performing live on Dancing with the Stars. Today, Shesha brings his years of passion and expertise to his own dance studio, Atomic Ballroom.
Atop the hardwood floors of his spacious studio, Shesha and his instructors lead students of all experience levels through the steps, twirls, and transitions of the East Coast swing, the American fox trot, and the Argentine tango. The instructors can even help couples choreograph a dance for their wedding while providing expert advice on how to sashay gracefully in heels or how to twirl the bride without destroying the reception hall with F5-level winds. Every night of the week, they host a group dance party—from Sunday night tango to Saturday night Ballroom, and belly dance throughout the week.