Dancing is one of the oldest forms of courting a partner, alongside writing their name in burning crops and rescuing them from Hades by hiding inside a pomegranate. Meet your match with today’s Groupon to Starlight Dance Center in Nutley. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a four-week Introduction to Ballroom and Latin Social Dancing course (a one-hour class per week for four weeks; a $60 value). The next four-week sessions start Tuesday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, January 31 at 7 p.m.
- For $19, you get a five-class pass for 50- to 60-minute dance-themed exercise classes at Starlight Fit & Dance (a $60 value).
Hailing from Italy, Russia, Argentina, and other nations, the award-winning instructors at Starlight Dance Center share their international experience with students to develop fleetness of feet and physical fitness. Neophytes acquire fundamental skills during the Introduction to Ballroom and Latin Social Dancing course, learning several dancing styles, such as the slow and romantic rumba, the classic swing, and the tango. Sweet strains of big-band music usher dancers through the foxtrot’s characteristic “slow, slow, quick, quick” footwork, a pattern that can also come in handy when sneaking up on woodland creatures. Chandeliers and warm lights illuminate the elegant ballroom areas, and high ceilings allow couples to spice up routines with lifts or basket tosses.
In a separate, intimate studio, the Starlight Fit & Dance staff gets blood pumping and torsos twisting during six types of Fun & Fitness classes scheduled throughout the week. High-energy teachers—including touring members of Broadway shows—lead exercisers through hip-hop, jazz, and street-style moves in upbeat Zumba classes or prepare hips for amusement-park turnstiles during a low-impact belly-dancing class. The Ballroom Fit sessions are designed to trim waistlines and enhance flexibility with a variety of dances, including the samba, salsa, and merengue.
Starlight Dance Center
Hailing from countries such as Germany, Russia, Italy, Poland, and Argentina, Starlight Dance Center's all-star instructors channel their experience in global competitions and performances while guiding students into the land of ballroom dancing. Three high-ceilinged ballrooms and a 4,000-square-foot performance floor set an elegant, roomy stage as instructors prepare children for recitals at the end of each course. They also teach adults to whirl and jive during group classes, which include weekly salsa parties and free mortgage-refinancing tips. To mix things up, Starlight Dance Center has created a Fit & Dance department where students can explore Zumba, belly dance, ballroom fitness, and total-body workouts.