Similar to defusing a bomb, a well-executed dance routine requires concentration, skill, and a nervous partner that questions your every move before unexpectedly jumping out of a window. Blow onlookers away with explosive dance moves thanks to today’s Groupon: for $10, you get six beginner group classes at Hot Club of Durham (up to a $75 value).
At Hot Club of Durham, fledgling Fred Astaires can join a horde of hopped-up hepcats and hone the Charleston, East Coast, Lindy Hop, or the Balboa, a Californian creation derived from the Charleston. In beginner Charleston, you'll learn the dance that spawned all swing dances. Start with 1920s style, an upbeat and easy-to-learn routine, before moving onto the 1930s style, which combines the kicks and graceful elbow swirls of Hollywood's Golden Age with the speed and force of a Dust Bowl mote. Beginner East Coast teaches the best-known swing-dance style by covering the basics and then adding some sweet moves on top. Beginner Lindy Hop is recommended for students who have taken Charleston and East Coast classes, as its trademark swing-out and lindy-circle moves require the deft coordination of a feral turducken.
Held in the Trotter Building in Durham's Central Park District, Hot Club offers a welcoming learning environment run by friendly, experienced instructors, and a portion of the facility's proceeds benefit local charities, including SEEDS, Durham Literacy Center, and Durham Food Bank. A variety of class times and a convenient online calendar accommodate students shuttling back and forth between the yarn store and meetings of Knitters Anonymous. Stop by Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight for a swing-dance party with a live DJ ($7, not included in this Groupon).
Old North Durham
410 W Geer St.
Durham, North Carolina 27701Get Directions