Excelling in the art of dance requires patience, swanlike grace, and a pair of feet strong enough to squeeze two lumps of coal until milk comes out. Massage coal-teats into a dance-bucket with today's Groupon, which gets you dance lessons at the Palomar Ballroom in downtown Santa Cruz. Choose between two options:
- For $24, you get a four-class dance series (a $48 value).
- For $40, you get eight drop-in classes (up to an $80 value).
Amid the 1930s elegance of its interior, the Palomar Ballroom instills dancing skills in newbies and sharpens the moves of even the most seasoned dance-floor demigod. The four-week dance series makes it easy for lead-footed Frankensteins and recently thawed cavemen to loosen up and learn to love the scintillating salsa, cha cha, Lindy Hop, West Coast swing, and a wide range of other dance styles, with each week building on what was learned during the previous week. Less decisive dancers, meanwhile, can eschew the week-to-week structure in favor of the drop-in classes offered throughout the week, which let them sample a wider range of foot flavors. Many of the drop-in classes are followed by parties where students can show off their recently acquired moves, meet like-minded dancers, and perhaps finally catch the eyes of their snooty shadows. Please see the FAQ for more information.
The Palomar Ballroom
Every week, The Palomar Ballroom's 80-year-old space reverberates with a DJ's Latin beats and synchronized salsa shimmies. Beneath a baroque chandelier, couples twirl passionately enough for the New York Times to deem this salsa party the "spiciest spot downtown." Owner and award-winning ballroom dancer Jeremy Pilling prizes the supportive atmosphere that allows his students to commingle at these parties, whose themes can also cover Argentine tango and swing.
To lead up to its festivities, The Palomar Ballroom hosts drop-in classes, weekly series, rehearsals for routines, and private lessons for dancers that range from beginner to expert. During these sessions, seasoned instructors stress the social aspects of dance while teaching the techniques, rotating partners often so that they can learn different ways to twirl, dip, and ceremoniously lacerate a rug. Visiting dance champions also lead workshops on their specialties, showcasing advanced steps in cha cha, samba, swing, rumba, and other styles.
Downtown Santa Cruz
1344 Pacific Ave.
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