What You'll Get
History's crystal ball has shown that dance bursts through class barriers, obliterates cultural differences, and releases the tension between rival street clowns. Learn to speak this universal language with today's deal: for $35, you get two 30-minute private lessons and two 45-minute group lessons from Dance Asylum, at the studio in Costa Mesa (a $200 value).
With today's Groupon tucked into your petticoats, visit Dance Asylum's 4,300-square-foot ballroom and Latin-dance studio and partake in dance lessons that, despite the studio's name, do not involve straight jackets. Whether you're an experienced dancer who just needs to baste his or her chops or a wobbly neophyte untrained in the ways of flank and hoof, the experienced staff of professional instructors will provide valuable help. Versed in over 20 dance styles, from the rumba and cha-cha to the jitterbug, waltz, and hip-hop, they'll teach ideal moves for upcoming weddings, club hops, and prom reenactments. During private lessons (typically $90 per session), you can pick any style of dance and begin learning routines tailored to your expectations. You can also drop into nearly any group class (normally $5 for the first class, $15 for additional classes), with the exception of the "special series" group classes. Several classes, including Bollywood Cardio and East Coast Swing, require pre-registration, so be sure to check the schedule before dropping in. Call ahead to schedule private lessons.
Busting a move you've never busted before—be it a ballroom waltz, a jazzy hustle, 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. Dance Asylum's facility contains two 1,300-square-foot hardwood dance floors and one smaller, 600-square-foot dance floor, also made of solid wood, tailor made for social shuffling. Plentiful mirrors provide ample opportunity for checking bodily alignment, while burgundy walls provide an extra dash of spice to the already vivid atmosphere.
Not valid toward "special series" group classes.
- I've been taking salsa lessons from here for about 3 months. They do a great job...This studio is good because it feels more like private lessons even when taking group lessons. – Vincent J., Yelp
- And if you're not into ballroom, check out the Saturday morning hip-hop workout...classes. They're upbeat, great for learning technique and getting a good workout, and incredibly kick-back. – Nicole L., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 8, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. New clients only. Private lessons by appointment only. Non-transferable. No cash or credit back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Dance Asylum
Dance Asylum’s name takes on a different meaning in each class—though the smooth, graceful movements of a foxtrot or a waltz can act as a sort of refuge from the outside world, the pulsating beats that fuel salsa and rumba classes can just as easily send dancers into fits of frenzy. With more than a dozen styles to choose from, students will have their hands full and their feet darting in all directions as they navigate a schedule that includes classes in the hustle, samba, two-step, and other dances gathered from ballrooms and nightclubs around the world.
Though classes may change according to contemporary trends—jazz, express pole dancing, and even aerial arts are some of the current offerings—the studio’s one constant is a staff comprised of professionally trained dancers with certifications and years of experience. These instructors rely on positive reinforcement during private and group lessons, boosting self-esteem by teaming up dancers of similar levels and forcing students to kiss their own reflections in the studio’s wall-length mirror. Once students' confidence reaches its peak, they can glide next door to the dancewear boutique and suit up in a brand-new tutu or feathery skirt.