Like a good staring contest, dance is simultaneously an art form, great exercise, and a nonviolent way to settle an argument. Satisfy your Saturday-night fever with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two private dance lessons, one group class, and a practice party at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, valid at three studio locations: Orange, Trumbull, and Old Saybrook (a $225 value).
Cofounded by legendary dancer and movie star Fred Astaire, Fred Astaire Dance Studios offer instruction on a variety of dances, from ballroom to Latin, from swing to salsa. The instructors represent an international perspective on the art of dance and bring a diverse abundance of specialties and experience. Since there are as many learning styles as there are kinds of hip thrusts, the two 45-minute private dance lessons with a professional dancing diva give you and your optional partner the personalized attention needed to achieve your grooving goals. Students can focus their lessons on any dance style of their choosing—salsa, tango, fox trot, waltz, cha-cha, swing, Argentine tango, and wedding-reception-worthy choreography. The group class provides a great follow-up exercise to your one-on-one, offering the opportunity to dance with a plethora of partners and practice the steps learned from the private lessons.
All of the hard work pays off during the practice party, a mock ballroom event that allows students an opportunity to practice their leading and following skills in a social setting. Like the group class, you'll have the chance to twirl and dip with as many willing shakers as you please, but in a more relaxed atmosphere. Mingle with fellow students, show off your newly found confidence on the dance floor, or take footnotes on the moves of a Kevin Bacon lookalike.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
The consortium of 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 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 Charleston. Patrons can learn 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.