Before the invention of dance, leotard-clad individuals could only express their feelings about nutcrackers and swan-people through a series of complex frozen tableaux. Explore the possibilities of motion-filled self-expression with today’s Groupon: for $50 you get one private dance lesson and one group dance party at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (a $115 value) at either of its locations in Bartlett or Germantown.
The nimble-limbed, seasoned instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio help dancers of all skill levels discover their inner top hatted, white-tied, and tailed hoofer. Tailored to each pupil’s specific goals and abilities, the 45-minute private session (a $105 value) teaches terpsichores the nuts and bolts of the dance style of their choice, including rumba, bolero, tango, Viennese waltz, merengue, and lemon merengue. Lessons focus on couples dancing, but students need not bring along a sidekick or tuxedo-clad mop as the studios will provide partners for solo steppers. Sashay with confidence as professional prancers provide one-on-one attention and advice, leaving shoes ready to live out their white-suited, Travolta-fueled dreams. Friday-night group practice parties run from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and enable students to cut loose in a noncompetitive setting as they showcase their newly acquired rug-cutting prowess (a $10 value). Check out the Bartlett or Germantown class calendar for future practice-party dates.
Although Fred Astaire Dance Studio offers a $50 introductory special for new students, this Groupon is good for more advanced, comprehensive instruction in any dance or dances of your choice and is available to both new and former students.
DanceSmiths Ballroom Dance Studio
The consortium of professional instructors at DanceSmiths Ballroom Dance Studio shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.