Even if you do make good on your New Year’s resolution to travel back in time and avert World War II, you’ll still need something to do there when you get bored. Today’s Groupon will teach you to swing splendid danceful swings with three Monday-night swing-dancing classes at Charm City Swing for $10 (a $30 value). A syncopated step and triple-step at Charm City is the best reason to go out on a Monday night, according to Baltimore Magazine. No partner is necessary, so you can leave that clumsy dance-golem you created at home.
Charm City’s Monday group classes start out with a one-hour ongoing beginner class to stop you from accidentally kicking anyone’s eyeglasses into the punch. You’ll learn the basics, then learn a new move every week. After your lesson, polish your footwork and refine your rhythm during an open dance session with your classmates and other local swing dancers.
Swing dancing has many forms (Lindy Hop, Balboa, St. Louis Shag, Lhasa Apso, etc.) so you’ll never run out of moves to try as long as the tempo changes. Busting a move you've never busted before—be it a Lindy Hop move, a East Coast Swing move, or a well-coordinated move to a nicer part of town, away from that mouthy opossum that keeps opening your mail—is a great way to get exercise, learn a new skill, and meet new and graceful friends. Click here to learn some basic steps.
Charm City’s instructors are friendly, experienced dancers who love to help anyone learn to Jitterbug. Founders Dorry Segev and Sommer Gentry are international whirlers who placed in the American Lindy Hop Championships in 2006 and won the 2002 UK Championships. Click here to see them perform. They met and fell for each other while dancing—you might have similar luck with today’s Groupon.
- Looking back on the dance lesson, it was much better than I'd expected. I'd love to take another class and learn some more moves– and I'm not one who likes taking dance lessons. But I'm looking forward to the next chance I get to flash my newfound moves with [my girlfriend] on the dance floor. It was a Monday night well-spent. – Sam Sessa, Baltimore Sun
Most Charm City Swingers have yet to swing themselves toward a computer to write reviews, but one Google Maps user gives the lessons five stars:
- Been dancing with them for over 4 years. Amazing bunch of people. – Jason, Google Maps