Like navigating busy mall crowds, ballroom dancing requires dexterous steps, precise turns, and the occasional discreet elbow. Hone choreographed combat with today's Groupon: for $25, you get five group dance lessons at Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio (a $75 value).
The tap-touting instructors at the Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio help students liberate inner rhythms via a variety of formal and shuffling steps. Piloted by graceful instructors, the 45-minute group classes cater to first-time dancers by introducing essential ballroom skills such as basic routines, artful dips, and when to use turn signals to safely trade partners. A lead teacher keeps the session running smoothly, guiding the class while staff members circulate, offering individual help. Each week, students may learn how to synchronize shimmying hips and shoulders with a cha-cha lesson, practice swing moves, or rehearse the fox trot before determining if a rose smells as sweet if called another name through the clenched teeth of a tango partner.
Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio
At her first ballroom-dance lesson, DeeLynn Fields learned, "If you can spell, you can dance." Working through tango steps, she stopped and unpacked t-a-n-g-o. By seeing the word for its individual parts, she reasoned that she could do the same with the dance. Soon after mastering each step, Fields felt them flow together, and a smile bloomed across her face.
That moment—when a student begins to grasp a dance and cracks a smirk—is what Fields lives for and now endeavors to cultivate at Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio. She and her fellow instructors teach beginning and intermediate-level dancers both smooth and Latin forms of ballroom dance, including tango, foxtrot, and other dance forms named after military lingo, and the team's expertise has garnered multiple awards, including a Best of Silicon Valley award from San Jose Mercury News in 2013 and 2015.