It's hard to cut a rug properly. You have to measure room dimensions, don safety goggles, and use a proper pair of carpet shears. Today's Groupon will have you cutting the ballroom rug like a pro: for $25, you get four group classes (normally $15 per class), entry into four practice dance parties (free with group classes), and one private lesson ($89 value) at Columbus Dance Centre, a $149 total value. The studio is a foxtrot to the east of Columbus, in Gahanna.
Columbus Dance Centre is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the area, with 6,000 square feet of space dedicated to ballroom dancing across all styles. Depending on the day of the week, you might crush the waltz, tango with two, pounce on the fox trot, shake your rumba, dance the cha-cha, jive on swing, sample spicy salsa, or two-step meringue. In addition to ballroom moves, you might indulge in some jazz and hip-hop group instruction, or even dance aerobics. To keep your lessons fresh and motivate procrastinators, you must redeem all classes within one month of your first class, or risk your legs turning back into pumpkins. Check the schedule for the class lineup of the current month and upcoming months. Call ahead to schedule your classes.
Gift a Groupon to a willing partner or come solo (you'll be assigned a partner, just like in Men In Black). Bring a partner of any age—participants as young as three are known to tear it up while having a ball. Like foreign languages or Dora the Explorer plot arcs, dance moves may be more easily comprehended and mastered during impressionable ages.
Along with your four group classes, you'll get admission into Friday-night dance parties where you'll be able to try out newly acquired dancing feet and practice the art of asking strangers to dance (hint: definitely start with "So, you come here often?"). Also included with this Groupon is one private session with a professional instructor at Columbus Dance Centre. Refine group-learned moves while getting the answers to all of dance's important questions, such as where hammer time falls on a standard clock. One of the co-owners once coached the OSU dance team and currently coaches the Kenyon team. Other instructors are members of prestigious clubs such as the Imperial Ballroom Dance Society, so you know you'll be learning from certified lords of the dance.
Three reviewers compiled by Google Maps give Columbus Dance Centre five stars:
- My girlfriend and I have been looking for a place to learn how to dance for our wedding. Lucky us we found Columbus Dance Center in Gahanna. The teachers are unbelievable, Svetlana is wonderful and VERY professional dance instructor. The way she teach [sic] is unique and even beginners like us could get the right steps fast. – dance_king
Columbus Dance Centre
Founded by world-class duo Igor and Svetlana Iskhakov, Dance Centre is dedicated to the empowerment and physical fitness of the everyday person via the art of dance. The studio features both high-level instruction for budding Baryshnikovs as well as a host of beginner-friendly classes in a variety of dance styles. Group classes consisting of as few as five pupils practice basic steps within the Gahanna facility's grand 6,000 square feet of studio space, the perfect place for dancing and drag racing floor buffers. Igor and Svetlana also host regular practice parties for their students, which present festive opportunities to show off new skills in a no-pressure social setting or mingle with accomplished star students.