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118 A North Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville

One or Four 40-Minute Private Lessons with One or Two Group Classes at Ballroom Center (Up to 60% Off)

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Highlights

Experienced instructors lead ballroom dance lessons in a variety of styles including waltz, salsa, tango, and foxtrot

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Lynnetop reviewer helpful reviewer
15 ratings10 reviews
April 29, 2019
Joseph was our instructor and he was great. Didn't make us feel like we had 2 left feet. May decide to continue on to intermediate we liked it so much,
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Vish
6 ratings3 reviews
July 29, 2018
We worked with Joseph and it was a delightful experience.
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Elizabettop reviewer
16 ratings8 reviews
December 21, 2017
Professional and great studio.
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Hannah
1 ratings1 reviews
August 3, 2016
The center each time was so professional and welcoming! Our instructor was so patient, pleasant, and friendly. We would completely recommend ballroom center to anyone!
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Diana
6 ratings2 reviews
May 24, 2016
We used this groupon to stat our wedding dance lessons. I was a lot of fun, we really enjoyed it.
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Savannah
1 ratings1 reviews
April 2, 2016
Wonderful people. Had a great time
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Donna
2 ratings1 reviews
October 4, 2015
wear comfy shoes!

About This Deal

Choice of:

  • One 40-Minute Private Lesson and One Group Class
  • Four 40-Minute Private Lessons and Two Group Classes
  • Four 40-Minute Junior Private Lessons (Ages 5–17)

Private lessons can accommodate one or two people.

Leading and Following: Staying in Tune with Your Partner

Before you and a partner hit the floor, you’ll need to decide who will lead. Learn why dancing is more than a game of “Follow the Leader” in Groupon’s study of the concept.

A truly great dancer can lead a partner through a waltz on a crowded floor without smashing any toes or shattering any monocles—even if that partner has never waltzed before. The lead dancer (traditionally, but not always, the male of a male-female partnership) is charged with sending nonverbal cues to his partner through subtle movements of his hands and arms. This task can be incredibly nuanced, as the lead dancer must simultaneously keep time with the music, plan out his next steps, and navigate around other dancers. This is not to say that the other partner is entirely passive. Richard Powers, a dance instructor at Stanford University, asserts in his Thoughts on Dance that “the follow role is mentally and physically active,” just as aware of her surroundings and her partner’s movements as the lead. Each partner must constantly adjust their movements to match the other’s, and a good lead will never exert too much force if his partner does not catch his cues or know how to read his semaphore flags. “Clear leading is the physical equivalent of quiet, perfect diction, not shouting,” writes Powers.

This equality-minded philosophy of social dance gained widespread acceptance after the gender-role upheavals of the 20th century, but it isn’t a new phenomenon. Many 19th century men were emphatic about respecting the autonomy of their dance partners, with famed dancer Charles Durang noting in 1847 that “Gentlemen ought always to be attentive to their partners, and they should move in unison with their every step and attitude.” That sentiment makes a striking contrast with that of a 1930 writer who argued that “No matter what her views on suffrage and feminism may be, it is a woman’s duty to let the man lead on the ballroom floor. (…) He is the pace-maker; she is his shadow.” These attitudes about female submission on the dance floor persisted well through the 1950s, when the rise of the feminist movement began to reshape attitudes throughout society. Today, many dancers of any gender feel it’s important to learn to lead and to follow in order to become a well-rounded, attentive partner.

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