Dance can express what words cannot, whether it's the triumphant joy in a football player's post-touchdown pirouette or the passionate tango used to notify roommates that the basement is flooding. Transmit tidings with twinkling toes thanks to today’s Groupon: for $40, you get three 40-minute group dance lessons and two 30-minute private dance lessons at Starz Ballroom in Westlake (a $130 value).
At Starz Ballroom, dexterous instructors teach 18 different dance styles from around the world. Habitual toe-smashers can refine their stride with a choice of time-honored treads that include the waltz and the fox trot, sensual shimmies such as the tango and the salsa, or livelier jigs such as the swing or the samba. During a pair of private sessions, customers enjoy one-on-one attention from a skilled teacher, who’ll inculcate students with fundamental footwork and address each individual’s personal dance issues. The triple dose of group lessons, on the other foot, provide practical applications in a more social setting, where partner switching encourages dancers to become accustomed to working with comrades of various skill levels, styles, and species. Unlike appointments, partners are not mandatory at Starz Ballroom.
Originally from Haiti, lead instructor Anderson Sylvestre brings his Caribbean flair to the floor, whether he is stepping out for a national ballroom competition or teaching first-time dancers. Along with his fellow teachers, Anderson imparts the skills, self-confidence, and excitement of learning a new dance to students of all levels. His classes cover a host of styles, including tango, merengue, West Coast swing, and bolero, and also teaching old-time dances such as the lindy—inspired by Lyndon Johnson's graceful movements after stubbing his toe on Air Force One.