Dance can express what words cannot, whether it's the triumphant joy in a football player's posttouchdown 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 $30, you get five dance, yoga, and music classes at Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio in Chelsea (a $70 value).
The professionally trained and certified instructors at Tree of Life school prospective dance-doers in traditions from around the world, with instruction rooted in the belief that dance can improve health, artistic expression, and sense of community. The squad of graceful gurus, all accomplished performers and seasoned teachers, leads the rhythmically inclined and doubly left-footed in a broad array of dance-centric classes, from African dance to belly dance and tap, as well as sessions in hand drumming and yoga to keep un-toed body parts from getting jealous and “accidentally” dropping things on the feet.
Classes, which are scheduled six days a week, also help students learn the origins of the music and dances in many cases.
Tree of Life’s décor fuses Haight Street and Morocco with a dash of India, combining a professional sprung dance floor, plenty of plants, and the abundant natural light plants need in order to see each other’s facial expressions. Tree of Life also houses a tearoom, from which patrons can watch classes while sipping on a cup of tea, a smoothie, or a tea-smoothie. And an artisan's market celebrates handmade crafts from local and overseas artists.