Recent studies show that people who dance tend to possess above-average strength, endurance, and flexibility, as well as significantly less risk of getting served. Hone this vital skill with today’s Groupon: for $49, new students get two private, one-hour salsa-dancing lessons at Pete and Carmen's Salsa Dance Academy. Singles and couples are welcome, so grab your significant other or a random stranger off the elevator at work and call to schedule your first lesson.
Pete and Carmen are part of Studio 65, the Fresno studio where they both first learned the salsa. Since then, they have emerged from their conga drum cocoons as instructors with more than 20 years of experience who can teach every level of dancer, from rhythmically anemic beginners to advanced practitioners who can mince tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and cilantro into a tasty tortilla topping with their bare feet. During each hour-long session, footwork freshmen will work one-on-one with Pete and Carmen to hone the skills required by the many styles of salsa, including basic weight-shifting steps, wildly contagious hip movements, and devout devotion to the conga drum, salsa's perpetually pounding pulmonary palpitation. Veterans of the salsa scene, meanwhile, can work on advanced stylings such as shoulder shimmies, body isolation, randomly bellowing "Azuuucar!", and spins under P & C's expert guidance.
Pete and Carmen's private dance lessons provide non-stop, one-on-one attention from professional instructors, packing more tutelage into the timeslot than a regular class possibly could. They also spare you the embarrassment of practicing in public, which runs the risk of instigating a citywide musical number that causes massive traffic jams and leaves thousands jazz-handed. Use today's Groupon to Pete and Carmen's Salsa Dance Academy to expand your dance move vocabulary beyond the Robot, the Lawn Sprinkler, and the Awkward Guy Who Won't Put Down His Beer.
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Pete and Carmen's Salsa Dance Academy
Certified dance instructors Pete Swingle and Carmen Ahmen relish the challenge of curing extra left feet. They welcome total beginners to their salsa classes, where their patience and supportive attitudes help students feel comfortable enough to pull off the hip-swaying steps. In the interest of steadily progressing students to intermediate and advanced moves, they set up specific goals for each level, ranging from "step in time" to "twirl your partner without having to rely on shoes made of roombas.” They teach disciplines apart from salsa as well, including cha-cha, cumbia, and merengue.
Though learning show-stopping techniques is one of the core benefits of their lessons, Pete and Carmen also hope to reward protégés with the additional perks of dancing, including stress relief, improved muscle tone, and new friendships. Sunday dance socials focus on the latter ambition by gathering dancers for practice in a party setting, which sometimes features live percussion shows and music giveaways.
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