Joy of Motion Dance Center

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In a Nutshell

  • Choice of many styles
  • Three locations in DC & Maryland

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Promotional value expires Jun 19, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Groupon covers spring session only. Must register for classes by 5/15/11; must be completed by 6/19/11. Classes subject to availability. Valid only for Social Dance Classes listed on the website schedule. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A dance class can teach anyone to move with grace through bee attacks, while getting served in front of a blind date, or during megaprom. Prepare yourself for the inevitable with today's Groupon: for $49, you get six social dance classes at Joy of Motion Dance Center (a $99 value). Different sessions are offered at different locations in DC and Bethesda.

A nonprofit arts organization founded on the belief that dance is for everyone, Joy of Motion offers lessons for all ages and abilities in more styles of dance than you can point a pirouetted toe at. Joy of Motion’s skilled instructors have taught and performed all over the world, often as dancers, and will help you stretch to your physical and artistic limits in the appreciation and performance of the style of dance you choose. Learn the steps to a wide variety of classic dances by picking from one of the 12 courses (each is a six-week session) offered, including:

  • Intro to Social Ballroom
  • Intro to Hand Dancing
  • Intro to Salsa
  • Intro to Argentine Tango
  • Intro to Latin Ballroom
  • Salsa 2
  • Hand Dancing 2
  • Social Ballroom 2
  • Couples Only Ballroom & Slow Dancing
  • Intro to Club Latin
  • Club Latin 2
  • Salsa 3

Salsa lets students dive into Latin culture with flurried movements, and the elegant steps of the waltz, foxtrot, and swing learned in Social Ballroom can be put on display at weddings and classy children's birthday parties. For those with previous dance-floor dealings, Joy of Motion offers intermediate-level Club Latin 2 and Hand Dancing 2, a form of swing dancing that requires constant hand-to-hand contact and the use of hand puppets. The studio's website lists class descriptions under the Social Dance tab for the 12 skill-cementing sessions. Joy of Motion recommends registering for classes ahead of time, as some fill up faster.


LilaGuide users give the Joy of Motion Dance Center a four-star average for the Friendship Heights location, and nine Yelpers give the Atlas location a four-star average:

  • I'll be back for more and more... I can't wait to sign up for a studio to stage class next session! – L A., Yelp
  • Love this studio. Forever a fan of Joy of Motion! – Kmili A., Yelp

Joy of Motion Dance Center

Since 1976 Joy of Motion Dance Center, a nonprofit arts organization, has strapped on its ballet flats to kick down the doors that traditionally bar people from learning dance. Since then, it’s won two Mayor’s Arts Awards, one for Excellence in Service to the Arts, and the other for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. In 10 studio spaces across three different locations, instructors teach adult and youth programs, and lead an outreach initiative that gives disadvantaged kids the chance to learn dance with free classes or merit-based scholarships. Additionally, the center holds performances and showcases where students and patrons get a taste of professional performance without having to become zombies.

Customer Reviews

Good place for fun drop-in classes!
Jaslean L. · January 3, 2013
David is the best social dance instructor around!
Amy D. · August 29, 2012
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    7315 Wisconsin Ave.

    Suite 180E

    Bethesda, Maryland 20814

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  2. 2

    Capitol Hill

    1333 H St. NE

    Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20002

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  3. 3

    AU Park - Friendship Heights - Tenley

    5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW

    Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20015

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