Formal dancing is enjoying resurgence now that Wild West ruffians are again firing six-shooters at our feet. Capture the zeitgeist in time for Valentine's Day with today's deal: for $35, you get six group dance lessons at Avant Garde Ballroom (up to a $94 value). You may take up to two types of classes and can split your six sessions between them however you like. Buy an extra Groupon to bring your dance partner, or come alone and meet one. Call ahead to schedule your first class.
Avant Garde's retinue of international instructors teaches more than 20 types of group classes at the Newport Beach studio. Whether you opt for the waltz, Argentine tango, jitterbug, cha-cha, street hustle, or one of the kids' classes, you'll have plenty of kick and spin space in which to unfurl your lean limbs and cloven hooves. Avant Garde features floating dance floors and 5,500 total square feet of dance space. While the floors don't actually float without the proper incantation, they do offer flexible support for hours of dancing unaccompanied by hours of leg and back pain. Check the schedule for a full list of class options.
If you feel like showing off your new skills, Avant Garde throws several social parties every week where you can Fred 'n' Ginger to a different dance style with each gathering. If you prefer to dance in your finest finery, you can pick up some polished shoes and heels at Avant Garde's dance apparel boutique (not included in Groupon).
Clients of Avant Garde Ballroom are too busy challenging break-dancers to tango competitions to write many reviews, but four Yelpers give the studio four stars:
- This is a great place to learn to dance. The prices are fair considering the quality of instruction and that it is in Newport Beach--not the low rent district. – Walter S.
- All the instructors are top notch ballroom competitors and are very experienced dancers…I only wish I had money to do it everyday...but for now, 2 days/week @ 45min each session is better than nothing. One day I'll compete, just one day… – Lan d.
Avant Garde Ballroom
A sea of spinning and twirling bodies can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround Avant Garde's dancing complex. But the shear size of the studio is not clear until you enter. Inside, more than 5,000 square feet of danceable space is spread across three dance floors, each equipped with floating floor material that helps prevent knee and back pain. These specialized floors are much appreciated by the studio's clients, who can be found shimmying and shaking during group, private, and workshop lessons.
More than 30 instructors lead these classes, providing ample attention to students of all levels as they learn various dance styles, from ballroom and latin to West Coast swing. Praised for their positive attitudes by OC Weekly, each teacher is knowledgeable in his or her dance specialty, including teaching fiancés wedding dances and children how to simultaneously chew gum and do The Hustle. Students can also take advantage of the studio's Strictly Ballroom Dance Apparel Boutique stocked with dance shoes and nightclub attire.