What You'll Get
Modern pole dancing was invented by fitness activists after the "shipmast mambo" craze of the 1620s led to several untimely splinter-deaths. Shimmy up something smoother with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a four-class introduction to pole dancing series at Free Movement Zone in the University District (an $87.60 value). Customers can also purchase a fifth class at 10% off the regular price.
Free Movement Zone is a co-ed pole-dancing studio that teaches non-erotic static and spinning pole dancing, focusing completely on strength, styled movements, and vertical dance. Studio owner and instructor Robert Orr leads small classes (12 students/session), bringing flexibility and acrobatic moves to those ready for a new workout or simply interested in feeling what flags feel like.
During a one-hour Very Beginning class, pole-huggers learn the foundations of grip and rotation, as well as the movements that work best on the bolted-down static pole and those that pair well with a spinning pole, which spins as the dancer spins. In the next three sessions, dancers can try their hands at a simple routine and practice inversions, training limbs to hold steady and bodies to move as gracefully as a perfectly calibrated tornado. To add musical motivation to the routine, pole dancers can bring in a favorite song to play on Free Movement Zone's iPod-compatible sound system.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. Must be 18 or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.