Before people learned to tip-toe around, everybody always knew exactly who was sneaking the pizza from the fridge at night. Appreciate even more skills of the pointed foot with today's Groupon: for $45, you get any five adult drop-in classes at BalletNova Center for Dance (a $90 value). Students receive a punch card good for any five adult classes, which are first-come, first-served and require reservations. Groupon purchasers also receive a 10% discount toward the purchase of a second class card.
Helmed by a venerated staff, including esteemed ballerina and artistic director Nancie Woods, BalletNova trains untutored legs to move gracefully with an extensive array of limb-limbering adult classes. With courses that cater to beginner and intermediate students, adults of any skill level can undergo nurturing, yet rigorous training inside six dance studios. Learn how to seductively saunter across a stage while evading walnut shells thrown by hostile nutcrackers in beginner ballet, a course that focuses on fundamentals such as alignment, posture, position, and terminology. Modern dance classes teach novice toe twinklers to break down traditional ballet conventions with expressionistic techniques that spawn from the spastic metronome of inner feelings. Other rug-cutting training sessions include jazz, tap, and hip-hop.
Drop-in dancers should arrive 15 minutes prior to class so they have ample time to check in and ensure that they don't miss out on learning advanced techniques, such as fish diving into the arms of fellow dancers or toe spinning rapidly enough to achieve tutu-propelled flight.
BalletNova Center for Dance
BalletNova's instructors jeté, pirouette, and shuffle into their teaching studios from backgrounds that include well known national and international training programs and performance companies. Held seven days a week, their friendly but challenging classes placed second in Washington City Paper's Best Dance Class 2010 Readers' Poll. Sessions span a wide range of terpsichorean territory, from classic ballet to hip-hop and tap to conditioning classes that grab techniques from Pilates, yoga, and aerobics. More than 650 casual and preprofessional movement enthusiasts build their skills in a 20,800-square-foot facility with two 864-square-foot studios, four larger studios, and a 20-cubic-foot studio for hiding out when the rhythm is going to get you.