Having two left feet makes the art of seduction almost impossible, except when standing next to someone with four right hands. Beguile admirers no matter where you stand with today's Groupon: for $29, you get six one-hour Argentine tango or salsa lessons at Gryphon Fitness Studio in Placentia (up to a $60 value).
The expansive 3,800-square-foot space at Gryphon Fitness Studio sports a cork-padded wooden floor on which dancers of all skill levels learn new moves and steps. An experienced instructor leads blossoming dancers through the progressions of Argentine tango, a uniquely expressive dance defined by its fluid fusion of simple and complex movements as well as its ability to deepen the connection between partners by making them share a single pair of shoes. In salsa lessons, students learn the famous, lively Latin dance while focusing on an amalgam of sprightly combinations and spirited shine patterns and learning to keep their energy high. Both types of dance lessons are held on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and the studio recommends that students wear comfortable attire suitable for twirling at high speeds, dipping partners, or serving gangs of rival dance students.
Gryphon Fitness Studio
On the same expanse of cork-padded floor at Gryphon Fitness Studio, feet pivot into tango turns, sabers flash and meet with a clang, and bodies twirl in midair, suspended from shining hoops. Of course, not all of this takes place at the same time. The space is reserved to let instructors, including a former fencing state champion and Zumba enthusiasts, share their various passions. Though their specialties span a range that includes dance, fitness, aerial arts, and three types of swordplay, they all focus on giving each student individual attention and consideration. Rather than pushing their guests toward competition or training them not to blink in progressively brighter spotlights, they devise routines to challenge students at their preferred pace. During day camps for children, the instructors bask in a chorus of happy young voices as they explain the basics of kung fu, fencing, and acrobatics.
971 Via Rodeo
Placentia, California 92870