Dancing is the best way to wordlessly express inner emotions, next to painting self-portraits or becoming a mime. Refine nonverbal skills with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a five-lesson introductory dance package, including three private lessons and two group lessons, at Beyond Ballroom (a $277 total value).
Veteran dance pro Wesley Crocker draws on 20 years of experience to school novice students in ballroom basics and help those with already-budding skills finesse their craft. Beyond Ballroom’s ample studio space allows rug-cutters plenty of room to dip and twirl their way through three one-hour private lessons (a $237 value) and two one-hour group lessons (a $40 value). While learning to fluently speak with the body language of a rollycoaster, students can tone legs and improve core strength and balance. Beyond Ballroom schedules classes depending on demand, so ambitious toe soloists should call to book lessons well in advance of airport-security-line performance gigs.
In his 20 years of experience, professional ballroom dancer Wesley Crocker has matched steps with champions. He has trained under seven-time ballroom world champions Bruno and Luann Collins, American-Rhythm champion Susie Thompson, and U.S. champion Cher Rutherford. Even with all of the high marks on his resumé, the title he covets most is "teacher."
Wesley hopes to translate his extensive background into lessons for students of all skill levels, which mainly focus on ballroom, Latin, and cabaret steps. He works to accommodate groups, couples, and individuals with a blend of private and public classes. Through his tutelage, he hopes to keep the art of dance alive and kicking as well as expose people to a more fun and effective way to fuse music with exercise than bench-pressing a flute.
1900 N University St.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72207