Dancing is the best way to wordlessly express inner emotions, next to painting self-portraits or becoming a mime. Refine nonverbal skills with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a Valentine’s Day couples dance-lesson package at Beyond Ballroom (a $262 total value). The package includes:
- Three private lessons (a $79 value each)
- One group session (a $25 value)<p>
Veteran dance pro Wesley Crocker draws on 20 years of experience to school novice students in ballroom basics and help those with already-budding skills finesse their craft. Beyond Ballroom’s ample studio space allows rug cutters plenty of room to dip and twirl their way through lessons. While couples learn to fluently speak with the body language of a roller coaster, they can also tone legs and improve core strength and balance. Private sessions hone couple’s technique with individualized attention from instructors, keeping duos in step as they sashay through the motions of Latin and ballroom dances. To build upon the foundations laid in private sessions, guests then graduate to Beyond Ballroom’s intimate group classes where they’ll learn to trot and twirl in a communal atmosphere. Group sessions contain 10 or fewer couples and are scheduled depending on demand, so ambitious toe soloists should call to book lessons well in advance of airport-security-line performance gigs.
In his 20 years of experience, professional ballroom dancer Wesley Crocker has matched steps with champions. He has trained under seven-time ballroom world champions Bruno and Luann Collins, American-Rhythm champion Susie Thompson, and U.S. champion Cher Rutherford. Even with all of the high marks on his resumé, the title he covets most is "teacher."
Wesley hopes to translate his extensive background into lessons for students of all skill levels, which mainly focus on ballroom, Latin, and cabaret steps. He works to accommodate groups, couples, and individuals with a blend of private and public classes. Through his tutelage, he hopes to keep the art of dance alive and kicking as well as expose people to a more fun and effective way to fuse music with exercise than bench-pressing a flute.