Like defusing a bomb, a well-executed dance routine requires concentration, skill, and a nervous partner who questions your every move before unexpectedly jumping out of a window. Blow onlookers away with explosive dance moves thanks to today's Groupon: for $12, you get a one-year membership for swing classes to Danceintime (a $25 value). The regal rug-cutters at Danceintime keep the fires of the Big Band era blazing with Monday-night swing lessons. Originally derived from the lindy hop, Danceintime's west coast swing classes combine classic footwork with a variety of music selections, catering to hot-stepping jitterbuggers and slow-footed novices alike. Dancers are free to seek their fortunes as solo swingers or bring partners for an evening of dance-floor exercise that helps raise heart rates, burn calories, and settle slow-simmering Scrabble disputes with flair.
In order to get a group photo with every student from their weekly classes, the instructors at Danceintime have to use a panoramic lens. Numerous excited pairs and singles fill the dance floor at the Wichita Moose Lodge on Monday evenings, moving along to lively music that shifts between blues, country, oldies, rock ‘n’ roll, and swing. Partners are not required for the classes, and there are sessions geared toward beginners and more advanced students. The scene grows extra festive around holidays, such as Halloween (when students are encouraged to come in costume) and Christmas (when students must perform all moves inside of a chimney).