The Old West was a golden age for dancing, with most people attending regular classes while their instructors kept time by firing six-shooters at their feet. Learn to stay equally light on your toes with today's Groupon: for $25, you get your choice of a five-week salsa class, a six-week ballroom sampler class, or a six-week Argentine tango class at Tango Cafe Dance Studio (up to a $60 value).
The skilled instructors at Tango Cafe Dance Studio train bipedal pupils of all levels in salsa, ballroom, and Argentine tango. Over the five weekly sessions offered in the salsa discipline (a $50 value), Kerri Vaughn, Ruben Fuentes, and Darin Price will immerse students in their choice of style, such as Cuban and Puerto Rican club style, NY/LA style, and Rueda de Casino. Students are placed in a Level 1, 2, or 3 class depending on swivel experience; as they master the rhythm and their hips learn how to roll their r's, students will learn to both lead and follow dance partners, perform increasingly complex turns, and pull off scintillating combinations. Alternately, the ballroom sampler enrolls feet in six Saturday afternoon classes that cover six of the most popular toe-tapping dances, including the foxtrot, waltz, and cha cha. Meanwhile, the Argentine tango course, taught by Joffrey School of Ballet–trained Diana Kelly, introduces students to several types of Argentine tango, including salon, nuevo, and performance on Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. All the while, Tango Café's convenient online schedule lets dancers coordinate class times with the cat's clarinet lessons.
Tango Cafe Dance Studio hosts its classes in a historic 4,000-square-foot ballroom bedecked with pristine hardwood floors. Though not covered by this Groupon, the first-floor café nourishes dancers with wine, beer, and light finger foods. Salsa students can feel free to stop by for the Friday-night party to showcase newly acquired moves and compare toe lengths with strangers ($5 admission, not covered by this Groupon).
Tango Cafe Dance Studio
Tango Cafe Dance Studio's instructors guide new steppers and experienced hoofers through several North and South American dances, such as swing, salsa, and Argentine tango within the confines of a 187-year-old Greek mansion that was the former home of Rochester's first mayor. Practice dance sessions after class give students a chance to cut loose with newly learned footwork and to refine their piercing, seductive gaze while gliding around on the new hardwood dance floors.
The studio also hosts a live concert series, Fandango at the Tango, on Sunday nights, as well as tango and salsa socials several times a month.
389 Gregory St.
Rochester, New York 14620Get Directions