Two or Four 45-Minute Private Dance Lessons for One or Two at The Connected Dancer (Up to 50% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Dance lessons give a one-on-one introduction to a variety of Ballroom styles ranging from the tango to the Viennese waltz

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required. Locations flexible, instructors travel to you for in-home lessons or choose from one of four studio spaces. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $95 for two 45-minute private dance lessons for one or two ($190 value)
  • $189 for four 45-minute private dance lessons for one or two ($380 value)

Leading and Following: Staying in Tune with Your Partner

Before you and a partner hit the floor, you’ll need to decide who will lead. Learn why dancing is more than a game of “Follow the Leader” in Groupon’s study of the concept.

A truly great dancer can lead a partner through a waltz on a crowded floor without smashing any toes or shattering any monocles—even if that partner has never waltzed before. The lead dancer (traditionally, but not always, the male of a male-female partnership) is charged with sending nonverbal cues to his partner through subtle movements of his hands and arms. This task can be incredibly nuanced, as the lead dancer must simultaneously keep time with the music, plan out his next steps, and navigate around other dancers. This is not to say that the other partner is entirely passive. Richard Powers, a dance instructor at Stanford University, asserts in his Thoughts on Dance that “the follow role is mentally and physically active,” just as aware of her surroundings and her partner’s movements as the lead. Each partner must constantly adjust their movements to match the other’s, and a good lead will never exert too much force if his partner does not catch his cues or know how to read his semaphore flags. “Clear leading is the physical equivalent of quiet, perfect diction, not shouting,” writes Powers.

This equality-minded philosophy of social dance gained widespread acceptance after the gender-role upheavals of the 20th century, but it isn’t a new phenomenon. Many 19th century men were emphatic about respecting the autonomy of their dance partners, with famed dancer Charles Durang noting in 1847 that “Gentlemen ought always to be attentive to their partners, and they should move in unison with their every step and attitude.” That sentiment makes a striking contrast with that of a 1930 writer who argued that “No matter what her views on suffrage and feminism may be, it is a woman’s duty to let the man lead on the ballroom floor. He is the pace-maker; she is his shadow.” These attitudes about female submission on the dance floor persisted well through the 1950s, when the rise of the feminist movement began to reshape attitudes throughout society. Today, many dancers of any gender feel it’s important to learn to lead and to follow in order to become a well-rounded, attentive partner.

Customer Reviews

Katie was wonderful to work with and made us feel very comfortable even though we were super beginners :) We feel a lot better about our wedding dance now.
Cade P. · July 25, 2015
Katy is awesome!! Really made us feel comfortable and excited about dancing!
Pamela H. · March 8, 2015
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    Ballroom Blitz

    4878 Eagle Rock Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90041

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    Club One Studio

    3195 Red Hill Ave.

    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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    Avant Garde Ballroom

    4220 Scott Dr.

    Newport Beach, CA 92660

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