Excelling in the art of dance requires patience, swan-like grace, and a pair of feet strong enough to squeeze two lumps of coal until milk comes out. Massage coal teats into a dance bucket with today's Groupon: for $35, you get four one-hour group dance classes, two 30-minute private dance lessons, and one two-hour practice party at State Of The Arts Dance Studio (up to a $160 total value) in Lakewood. Today's deal may be redeemed by an individual or a couple and does not include the one-time registration fee ($30/individual, $40/couple).
State Of The Arts' experienced instructors help dancers of all levels improve technique and build a foundation on which personal style can flourish. Dancers pair private tutelage with four ballroom, Latin-, or swing-dance classes taught throughout the summer. Amid energizing, upbeat music, the one-hour social classes set toes tapping in proper rhythm while instructors help tweak the technique of individual dancers (up to an $80 value). The safe, supportive atmosphere lets unaccompanied dancers find partners and allows couples to dance in an unabashed fashion normally reserved for strangers' weddings. During the two 30-minute private lessons or the one-hour private lesson, dancers work one-on-one with instructors that could include studio founder Keri McLean or her professional dance partner Shane McIntyre (a $70 value). The package is capped off with a two-hour Friday-night social dance party (up to a $10 value), in which dancers can show off refined footwork and feet can proudly display more-coordinated commanders.
State Of The Arts boasts two spacious dance studios—one with a floating Marley floor and the other dressed in a floating hardwood floor. Dancers in either room can stretch on ballet barres, pause to gander at artwork, or race their reflections down wall-to-wall mirrors.