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 today’s Groupon: for $20, you get two 40-minute private lessons and admission to one social dance party at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (up to a $210 value) in Red Bank.
Specializing in social ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a national studio owned by luminaries such as New York's Yuriy and Alexandra Datsyk, 1993 Ukrainian Ballroom Dance champions, and Ukraine's representatives to the World Standard Championships. Certified in ballroom, Latin, and social dance, the studio's instructors nurture dance fevers with private lessons tailored to each dancer's skill level and specific goals. During the 40-minute lessons, students can learn how to move their flesh bags to dances including the foxtrot, the waltz, and the gravity-defying robot gallop.
After learning the basics of ballroom and Latin dance, feet-beaters can join one of the studio's two-hour social dance parties, held Fridays at 7:30 p.m., in which students show off new skills while gaining valuable practice for dance-offs sure to happen at upcoming weddings, bar mitzvahs, or traffic-court dates. Fred Astaire Dance Studio suggests dancers come to lessons and to the dance party wearing comfortable, supple attire and a pair of leather-soled shoes.
Though Fred Astaire Dance Studio sometimes offers discounts online, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Dance directors Christina Penatello and Ken Hansen have trained underneath champions such as Dancing With the Stars contestant Louis Van Amstel, whose new dance fitness classes, LaBlast, has become a staple of the studio’s schedule. LaBlast classes share schedule space with instruction in cha cha, tango, swing, and other social dances. To sample the studio’s wares, budding dancers can follow in instructors’ rhythmic footsteps during 30-minute introductory sessions, which traverse various modalities with a speed-teaching method. As part of the renowned Fred Astaire franchise, instructors also host social dance parties and choreograph wedding dances for couples who want their first dance to look as effortless as tossing a flaming bouquet.