To spice up a dance routine, professionals will wear bedazzling outfits or substitute their partner for a burlap sack filled with fireworks attached to a timer. Go for the pros with today’s Groupon to Let’s Dance Rochester. Choose between the following options:
- For $150, you get five private individual or couples dance lessons (a $300 value).
- For $280, you get 10 private individual or couples dance lessons (a $600 value).<p>
Let’s Dance Rochester’s master’s-level instructor, Marina Lisser, infuses Latin, ballroom, and theater elements into private installments of easy to follow rug-cutting lessons. Dancers string together staccato footwork to the Latin beats of mambos, salsas, and tangos and ride the smooth flows of a three-beat Viennese waltz or the fast-twirling flutters of their partner’s coattails. Two-step back to yesteryear with the fluid footwork of a classic fox trot or the acrobatics of an energetic West Coast swing. Students can enjoy lessons solo or twirl as a couple and share an educational bonding experience or treat mops to a break from their daily duties.
Sandy-hued boards comprise the studio’s expansive sprung wood floors that cultivate a comfortable surface for hours of dancing, just as cool, conditioned air saves dancers from sweaty brows and smitten snowmen from disastrous first dates.
Let's Dance Rochester
When Marina Lisser was 14, she decided to take up dancing, despite the fact that in her native Russia, she was considered much too old to start. Firmly flouting social convention, she thrived, competing at the professional level and landing a fifth-place finish in the European Cup finals. Eventually, she went on to earn a master's degree in Dance Forms and write a dissertation on the psychology of competition.
But none of that prepared her for the shock that awaited her when she landed in New York City to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1993. She hadn't realized she'd be teaching a totally new kind of student: adult amateurs. She'd only taught professionals and children who wanted to dance for a living. If 14 was too old to start dancing in Russia, how would she teach adults in America?
Through trial and error, she figured it out by ignoring, according to a feature in Democrat and Chronicle, whatever holds her students back. "I'm one of those horrible Russian teachers," Marina confessed. "We want what we want; there is no such thing as limits."
Today, she and her staff of instructors specialize in two styles: American Smooth and Rhythm, and International Standard and Latin. Students learn to waltz, tango, and foxtrot atop the ballroom's sprung wood floor, which cushions feet and joints, while wall-length mirrors help them self-correct their form. In addition to teaching social dance skills and helping affianced couples prepare for their first dance, the instructors also ready competitive dancers to take first place medals in everything from cabaret dancing to swing, often by deftly prancing over the laser security systems that guard them. Marina is certified in dance therapy, as well as social and competitive wheelchair dancing, to make dance accessible to everyone.