To dance is to assert to the world that you are alive, something that can otherwise only be proven with a series of complex trivia questions. Certify your sentience the fun way with today’s Groupon: for $48, you get one month of unlimited Bollywood dance and Zumba classes at Bollywood Groove, with locations on Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown and Dempster Street in Evanston (a $96 value).
A dancer all her life, Ajanta Chakraborty founded Bollywood Groove to bring infectious Indian rhythms to eager boogie beginners. Students work up a sweat practicing bhangra and Bollywood moves to the bouncy beats of the subcontinent’s most popular songs. Open to men and women of all levels of experience, the one-hour sessions charge bodies full of energy, preventing them from shutting down in the middle of sentences.
With a greater focus on the fitness benefits of dance, Zumba classes work movers and shakers into a frenzy of cardio partying, set instead to a soundtrack of Latin rhythms. During an hour of Zumba, students shimmy to fast and slow beats while mixing in resistance training—dropping pounds, building muscle, and training hearts to keep a steady-enough beat to justify firing deadweight tambourinists. Check out the schedule for dates and times.
In Bollywood films, India’s stars fall in love, sing about falling in love, and most importantly, dance while falling in love. Featured on ABC and NBC, Bollywood Groove teaches its students to replicate some of the genre’s moves, which blend semi-classical Indian dance, hip-hop, and bhangra, an energetic folk-dance style. Set to upbeat tunes, the class routines are also rigorous cardio workouts that work every muscle group, unlike dance classes in which students only learn to blink to the beat. In the kids’ classes, meanwhile, youngsters as young as aged 3 learn movement basics, as well as tidbits about India’s different regions, languages and cultures.