A dance class can teach anyone to move with grace through bee attacks, while getting served in front of a blind date, or during megaprom. Prep for the impending bee invasion with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one single or couple private dance lesson, four group classes for up to two people, and single entry to one dance party at Old Town Ballroom, located downtown (up to a $140 value).
During your 50-minute private lesson, an Old Town Ballroom professional will teach you (or you and a partner) the basics of whatever dance you wish (a $50 value). Learn the tango, swing, belly dance, hip-hop, or the Brian Dennehy. Then, continue training or shimmy out a new style during nightly group lessons for up to two people; a session can cover moves from the seductive sway of the rumba to the gravity-defying jitterbug (up to an $80 value). Improved leg pivoters swagger and show off slick moves during a festive dance party, which features a 30-minute group lesson, an hour of open-floor dance time, and refreshments to refuel after bouts of exhuberant rug cutting (a $10 value).
Old Town Ballroom's intimate hardwood dance space is big enough to bust a move, but not so big that your instructor will miss the first time you pull off the fabled moonwalk. All of the Old Town Ballroom instructors have strong backgrounds and a history of dedicated coaching. Each friendly dance master will gladly answer any dance-pertinent questions, such as "Did that leg kick just open a time vortex?"
Old Town Ballroom
Although the instructors at Old Town Ballroom are happy to teach traditional waltzes and seductive tangos to couples, they also specialize in more unconventional styles. Belly-dance imparts the fine art of hip undulation and of strapping tap shoes to one’s stomach, and Korean hip-hop fuses American b-boying with martial-arts-inspired choreography. Group and private lessons are available, allowing guests to pick their desired level of attention from the instructor. The staff also rents out its airy 3,000-square-foot space for parties. Renovated in 2011, the performance space is anchored by light wood floors and flanked by a lounge area. Up to 200 people can celebrate with a night of dancing, billiards, or converting leotards into giant slingshots.