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 $55, you get eight adult drop-in dance classes and the registration fee at Latin Ballet of Virginia (a $111 value). This Groupon is valid at Latin Ballet's locations in Glen Allen and Chesterfield.
From the fiery fury of flamenco to the tippy-toed splendor of ballet, Latin Ballet's professional teachers share Hispanic culture through the beauty of movement in a variety of one-hour classes. Tutu enthusiasts can perfect their pointe at Latin Ballet, and visitors looking to shake things beyond pepper grinders and sleeping roommates can twitch their hips with Zumba, which blends salsa dancing, aerobics, and upbeat music from around the world. Flamenco lessons give a peek into the traditional Latin-dance experience, and the sultry Salsa y Mas class explores the hypnotic art of cha-cha, cha-cha-cha, and cha-cha-cha-cha. Classes examine other types of motion as well, from the tree poses of yoga to the jazz hands of musical theater. Check the schedule at Chesterfield or Glen Allen for more information.
In addition to teaching, the professional dancers at Latin Ballet have performed in Virginia, Washington, DC, North Carolina, and Central and South America. Closer to home, the ballet often teams with the Richmond Symphony, the Children's Museum of Richmond, and the local sports mascots with a flair for arabesques.