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 to the Palomar Ballroom. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a four-class pass good for any drop-in class or dance party (a $40 value).
- For $75, you get an unlimited monthly pass good for any drop-in class, series class, or dance party (a $150 value).
The expert instructors at the Palomar Ballroom get students stepping and twirling by hosting a full calendar of dance classes and parties set in an ornate ballroom. During classes, students can shimmy to the Latin rhythms of salsa or boogie to the up-tempo tunes of swing. Instructors also impart the basics of rumba, cha cha, and other Latin dances. As at mass marriage ceremonies, students can bring a partner or be paired up with someone new.
The Palomar Ballroom also hosts dance parties in a ballroom that dates back to the swinging 1930s. Couples twirl across the room's hardwood floors and sashay under an intricately carved wood ceiling. An enormous floor-to-ceiling mirror lets dancers evaluate their form or return to Wonderland. Dizzy dancers can take a break from the party and explore the ballroom’s mezzanine and balcony, or they can get some fresh air on the 7,500-square-foot patio.
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.
Santa Cruz, California 95060