Without the social lubricant of ballroom dancing, ambitious young people would disrupt every social occasion with 65-minute solo renditions of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Discover a better way to impress the crowds with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get two 40-minute private lessons (a $125 value each) and one 45-minute group class (a $15 value) at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in North Canton (a $265 total value).
Cofounded by the eponymous dance icon in 1947, the nationwide Fred Astaire Dance Studio instills dancing gams with the subtle elegance of waltzes, fox trots, tangos, and other popular Latin and ballroom styles. At the North Canton Ballroom, Fred Astaire’s professional instructors transform even inexperienced dancers, or ones with cocoons for feet, into waltzing and tangoing social butterflies. Four-tiered programs of one-on-one instruction accommodate students’ individual strengths and interests—acquainting solo novices with the studio’s American-style dance curriculum, or fine-tuning an advanced couple’s swing technique for Count Rostov’s next ball. Meanwhile, a comprehensive schedule of group classes enables busy dancers to trip the light fantastic with fellow students without clumsily tripping on the light itself.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
With over 50 years of teaching experience the professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance 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 Salsa, Swing & alike, they teach students 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.