Excelling in the art of dance requires patience, swan-like grace, and a pair of feet strong enough to squeeze two lumps of coal until milk comes out. Massage coal teats into a dance bucket with today's Groupon: for $30, you get four salsa classes and one drop-in yoga class at Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre (a $70 value).
The teachers at Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre build skills, muscles, and confidence with motley courses in yoga, dance, meditation, and fitness. In this introduction to the hip-swivelling arts, students focus on salsa fundamentals including footwork, turns, and body movements. Over the course of the four-class session (held Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m.), the centre’s able instructor demonstrates and supervises salsa building blocks such as right and reverse turns, lead-turn combinations, and cross-body lead with turns. Once students are able to manoeuver around the dance floor, the teacher folds in multiple spins and turn-pattern combinations and the almost unfairly flashy styling known as checks, wraps, rainbows, and shines. After showing off new moves in public for the first time, drop in for a yoga class of any level to relax shaken booties and arms worn out from Tito Puente–inspired air-drum solos.
Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre
Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre houses three studios, where instructors teach dance, yoga, and various fitness classes. Surrounded by exposed brick walls, students learn to salsa and tango during dance classes. Expert yogis lead classes such as Hatha yoga, yoga for runners, and stroller yoga. Aside from classes, the staff also practices Ayurvedic and Thai yoga massage.