Like carnival-ride operators, graceful dancers know to always bow gracefully after spinning you in circles for two minutes. Hone your spinning etiquette with today’s Groupon: for $82, you get three private 55-minute dance lessons for one or two dancers at Mousai Studios, located in Tacoma (a $165 value).
Over the course of three private lessons, Mousai’s highly experienced instructors sharpen the communication between partners with leading and following exercises that cultivate each student’s skills in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Believing that dancers should be able to groove to melodies of all styles, Mousai Studios encourages solo hip swivelers and spirited pairs to choose from a multitude of traditional and unique dances, including salsa, East Coast swing, hip-hop, and the awkward head-nod-while-kicking-aimlessly. Mousai Studios also doubles as an art gallery that showcases the work of local artists.
Instructors and real-life couple Paul and Pollie are the dynamic duo behind Mousai Studios, forging both their business and romantic partnership around Paul’s lifelong love of dance. The couple specializes in several types of ballroom dancing—which Paul considers his niche—and they impart their toe-tapping skills to the public through private and group classes that focus on social, rather than competitive, dancing.
The studio, which encloses floor-to-ceiling windows and lush potted plants, also hosts weekly belly dancing, burlesque, and guitar classes taught by passionate instructors. The inviting space doubles as an art gallery, featuring works by local artists and professionally trained Etch A Sketches and contains a boutique consignment shop that features vintage and gently used fashions for the whole family.
759 St. Helens Ave.
Tacoma, Washington 98402