Unlike free-flowing island styles, stuffy mainland dances build performances around puritanical grass-skirt burnings and interpretive refutations of the film Footloose. Treat yourself to tropical liberation with today's Groupon: for $29, you get four weeks of Polynesian dance classes (a $60 value) at Tropical Polynesian Productions in Peoria.
Tropical Polynesian Productions' energetic courses help build self-esteem and dexterity in a relaxed setting, open to all ages and levels of experience. The one-hour courses, which take place every Thursday at 7 p.m., give budding dancers a chance to jump into the balmy, hip-swaying surf of South Pacific dance techniques. Each lively class can torch more than 200 calories, and the memorization of move sequences and rhythms provides budding lives of the luau with the mental workout necessary to complete a Sunday crossword in Sharpie. Lessons incorporate elements of hula, a narrative style that integrates a variety of hand and foot movements, and ori, a vigorous Tahitian innovation that emphasizes lively, isolated hip motion. Skilled instructors lead new classes on the first Thursday of every month, and Tropical Polynesian's many performance and recital opportunities allow stage fright sufferers to emerge from their cocoons of shyness to smash grass skirts against frond amps with their classmates.