Having two left feet makes the art of seduction almost impossible, except when standing next to someone with four right hands. Beguile admirers no matter where you stand with today's Groupon: for $82, you get three 55-minute private ballroom dance lessons for one or two people at Mousai Studios in Tacoma (a $165 value).
The expert instructors of Mousai Studios help customers navigate treacherous dance floors with fun, relaxed private lessons in social ballroom dancing. Single pupils and pairs of dance-hungry pals alike will learn go gracefully sweep across the spacious hardwood floors like Victorian-era zambonis. Instructors emphasize effective communication between partners and a flexible set of skills that dancers can then apply while dancing to any type of music. Floor-to-ceiling windows cast warm natural light on local artists' paintings, which hang on the walls alongside oversize mirrors that provide views of the fancy footwork of dancing duos and the floating hats of pirouetting vampires.
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