Without dance, people could only hum along to the "Macarena," and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a dance-lesson package at Metropolitan Dance Center in Stamford (up to a $310 total value). The package includes:
- Three 45-minute private lessons (up to a $270 value)
- Two 45-minute group lessons (a $30 value)
- One admission to a 90-minute practice party (up to a $10 value)
Students step, shimmy, and twirl through the footwork curriculum of Latin and ballroom-dancing styles at the Metropolitan Dance Center. Lead by owner Steven Dougherty, who has been featured on PBS’s America’s Ballroom Challenge, the dedicated instructors lead students through private and group session, plotting out soft-shoed shuffles that can also be used to gracefully stamp out fires. Students can schedule their private lessons any time Monday–Friday between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m., and after the private lessons, move on to group classes in the style of their choice. Salsa dancers shake their hips on Monday, and tango pairs spend all week de-thorning roses in preparation for classes on Tuesday or Thursday nights. Instructors also lead seminars on rumba, swing, bolero, and the cha-cha throughout the month.
In each class, students burn up to 238 calories while reducing stress, meeting new friends, building social confidence. During the practice-session socials, which are held the last Wednesday of the month, docents step onto the hardwood floors of the spacious studio to put their work into practice under the helpful eye of supervising staff. Dancers can bring a partner for free or challenge other students to choreographed battles.
Though Metropolitan Dance Center sometimes features a discounted price, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Metropolitan Dance Center
Named the 6th Best Thing to Do in Stamford by Mofflymedia.com, Metropolitan Dance Center was born of the combined experience and brainpower of John DePalma and Steven Dougherty—a television personality featured on America’s Ballroom Challenge and a national dance champion, respectively—who’ve both garnered revered reputations within the ballroom community through their extensive knowledge and training. Backed by a team of certified instructors, they teach students to glide across the dance floor through their progressive curriculum, which is certified by the Dance Vision International Dance Association. They map students’ progress as they teach them to sway and samba through Latin and ballroom moves during group and private lessons. They also help couples to perfect their first newlywed spin across the dance floor with private wedding-dance lessons customized to the beat of the couple’s wedding song or first shared Morse-code message. The studio also hosts open practice sessions, allowing burgeoning dancers to mix and mingle, practicing their new dance moves to a variety of tunes in a comfortable environment.
Newfield - Westover - Turn of River
2111 Summer St.
Stamford, Connecticut 06905