For $20, today's Groupon gets you four kids’ world dance classes at MidSouth World Dance Center on Walnut Grove (a $40 value). Classes are held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. All classes must be redeemed within five weeks of the first class.
The fun and enthusiastic instructors at MidSouth World Dance Center give energetic munchkins a creative forum to shake ants and other collected insects out of their pants. Each week, tykes get the chance to learn about the dances of a new region, picking up traditional hip-shakes and shoulder-shimmies from Spain, India, Tahiti, and various nations in Africa and the Middle East. In addition to dance, children are exposed to each region's music, language, clothes, and other cultural traditions, even getting the opportunity to play regional musical instruments.
MidSouth World Dance Center
Liz London experimented in college. After a K-12 career spent learning the likes of ballet and modern dance, she was ready for the harder stuff, and that’s when she fell in with the belly-dancing crowd. Eventually, the flirtation grew into a full-blown infatuation, and she started Memphis Raqs, a troupe of professional dancers. Still, Liz never gave up on her first loves, and Memphis Raqs couldn’t completely accommodate her dream of creating a modern-day salon for all types of dance traditions.
When she created MidSouth World Dance Center, she rounded up a crack-team of professional instructors—along with her belly-dancing troupe. The group includes a Brazilian-trained flamenco dancer, a choreographer, and a former Fly Girl. Together, they teach recreational world-dance classes for adults and children. Their evolving class schedule features salsa, hip-hop, belly dancing, tango, and hula hoop, and they continually add new dance styles as more and more people escape from that town in Footloose. Augmenting the international moves, the studios host kids' summer camps and children- and adult-themed parties.