Without dance, people could only hum along to the "Macarena," and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with today’s Groupon at the Fred Astaire West Side Dance Studio. Choose from the following options:
- For $32, you get an introductory dance-lesson package (a $75 value). This package includes:
- Two 30-minute private dance lessons
- One 90-minute practice lesson or party
- For $49, you get one 50-minute private lesson in a dance style of your choice, and a practice lesson or party (a $125 value).
- For $79, you get two 50-minute private lessons in a dance style of your choice, and a practice lesson or party (a $250 value).
The Fred Astaire West Side Dance Studio's talented teaching staff wields decades of experience in professional dance, competition, and coaching to guide students' footfalls in graceful patterns across the ballroom floor. Attend alone to learn hip-to-hip with a coach, or bring a partner to receive couples' instruction. The 30-minute introductory sessions acquaint attendees with a broad variety of styles and instruction, from the classic foxtrot to the more avant garde two-and-a-half-step. Classic prances unveil their rhythmic secrets in 50-minute private lessons, which can be tailored to focus on one of 18 dance types, to rehearse wedding dances, or to simply broaden a student's repertoire. Practice parties (held one Friday per month, from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.) invite pupils, teachers, and guests to the floor to mix and match partners and utterly devastate rugs in social rehearsals, complete with drinks and snacks.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios
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 fire walking.
Upper West Side
174 W 72nd St.
Manhattan, New York 10023