Michael Jackson perfected the effortless glide of the moonwalk only after years of practicing with rollyskates dipped in expeller-pressed olive oil. Hone your own moves with today’s Groupon: for $36, you get three group dance classes at DanceSport Academy in Ardmore (a $75 value). All new customers of DanceSport are entitled to a free private lesson where you will meet with an instructor to learn basic steps.
Scott Lazarov, owner of DanceSport Academy and a four-time U.S. and World Pro-Am champion dancer, has recruited a squadron of like-minded experts to educate dancers on the intricacies of the art. The warm, sun-filled studio's group lessons focus on Latin and ballroom dances, offering courses that hammer home fundamentals such as footwork, partnering, balance, and musicality. Try the ballroom-basics mix and learn to do the Viennese waltz with the grace of a gymnast on water skis, or grab a friend and zigzag your body to the rhythm in a Zumba class. The Latin-basics class will show you how to rumba, cha-cha, and contort your body to evade money-hungry turnstiles, and a beginner’s salsa class will teach you some fancy solo footwork. Check out the schedule online.
Busting a move you've never busted before—be it a foxtrot move, a tango 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.
If there is a major dance competition out there, Scott Lazarov has probably placed in it. Along with gracing the cover of Philadelphia Magazine and performing at the Academy of Music, the founder of DanceSport Academy has won four US and World Pro-Am championships and was named champion of US Salsa, Rising Star, and Grand National championships. At DanceSport, Scott and his fellow instructors teach dance as both a social outlet and a competitive art form, and break down complicated styles into simple steps. Private and group classes teach a foundation of balance, posture, and timing that can then be mapped onto styles as varied as mambo, swing, merengue, or the Viennese waltz. Serious students can also gear up for competitions through a comprehensive training approach that addresses choreography, costuming, and production of the oversized foam fingers given out to the judges.
1 Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003Get Directions