Mankind has long used dance as an expression of joy, whether thanking a drought-quenching rain, celebrating a bountiful harvest, or praising the mysterious origins of the Cotton-Eyed Joe. Two-step to felicity with today's Groupon: for $20, you get four beginner ballroom-dance or Latin-dance classes at Pulse in Westbrook (a $40 value).
Led by internationally adept artistic director Laurence Miller, Pulse schools fledgling boogie-footers in the fine art of ballroom and Latin light-tripping. Each new student enlists in four lessons, held once per week for four consecutive weeks, and the studio's generous calendar offers up a multitude of class times to accommodate schedules bogged down by work or stints on the competitive canning circuit. Aspiring elegant movers may opt for ballroom lessons, learning the basic steps of the fox trot, swing, and waltz, and saucy shakers can enlist in Latin dance, which introduces freshly hatched hot-to-trotters to the fiery footwork involved in rumba, salsa, and onion-dip dancing.
Pulse's airy studio affords a sprawling space for perfecting steps. With shiny, natural wood floors and yellow-hued walls that reflect the light of a crystal-dripping chandelier, students will feel embraced by the comforting warmth of a golden glow attainable elsewhere only by jitterbugging with a combusting George Hamilton.