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Discover why one of the largest Argentine tango festivals in North America comes to PDX every year with today’s deal: one dance class for two at Viscount Dance Studios for $12. Drop-in classes normally cost $14, making this deal better than a two-for-one—don’t be shy about bringing a dance partner so you both can outdance your downstairs neighbors.
- Owner Sarah Riddle will lead you through all the best Latin high-stepping, from cha cha to salsa.
- Carrie Whipple and Bill Alsup will showcase the actual Argentine tango before expanding into the intricate rituals of head nods, eye contact, dress, and intentional and unintentional sweats that come with it.
- Shannon “Ziggy” Hoyer will teach your belly to do things you never thought you’d see it do, while Brazilian samba-man Beto Guimaraes does the same to your hips.
- Bolly-curious boppers can mimic the mudras of Bollywood instructor Vidia “Crystal” Bassett.
- Jazz up your jitterbugging with vintage swing specialist Melissa Roane.
- Pop with B-Boy Kilam Fresh and lock with Jess Hu.
- Find out once and for all what the hustle is and how one does it exactly.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can show off your fancy footwork at Viscount’s weekly socials and open dance nights ($5 each, not included with this Groupon). You’ll be able to bedazzle armed attackers twice your size with your bare jazz hands.
Note: Groupon covers classes only, not workshops or socials.
Viscount Dance Studios’ Argentine tango has earned an appreciative cabezazo from The Oregonian: > * At practicas, seasoned tangueros and teachers enthusiastically tutored me on the dance floor in fundamentals like the close embrace and tango walk… Tangueros also talk of the total immersion while dancing and the high that comes from being in the moment, a Zenlike bodily connection and escape from the everyday. And there’s the delicious sensuality of tango, from the alluring music to the sweeping leg and body movements. It’s why women dance with eyes closed and partners tune out the world. – Vanessa Duff, The Oregonian
Viscount Dance Studios also gets a perfect five stars from the tough judges at Yelp and Citysearch: > * I have taken many a class at the Viscount and can’t get enough. The teachers are knowledgeable, local, and all very visible on the dance floors of Portland, and the classes are always fun and level-friendly. – hucke, Citysearch
Dance Instructors Who Were Previously Commandos
The dance instructors at Viscount Studios come from a variety of backgrounds and each focuses on their specialty dance, just like the dance instructors at Baron Dance Loft. Here are some of Baron Dance Loft’s most popular instructors:
Lance “The Baron” Hardtop: A former member of a top-secret military commando unit, The Baron officially “died” in 1993. After encountering a mysterious artifact in the jungle, Lance and his crew were hunted by an animal-like predator that some believe isn’t of this world. Lance now teaches Samba at Seven every Tuesday.
Arturo “Camacho” Ortega: A one-time member of a classified government super-soldier program, Camacho survived a deadly jungle encounter with a predatory beast whose advanced weapons and invisibility cloak still seem not of this world. Camacho hung up his prototype chain guns and now teaches Line Dancing for Couples on Sunday evenings.
Darren “Mouse” Mizewski: In a past life, Mouse was a government scientist for the OGA. Stranded with a group of mercenaries in the jungle, Mouse survived by realizing that whatever was tracking them was using an infrared spectrum not of this world. Driven insane by sights that scientists aren’t supposed to see, he gave up making weapons and now teaches Urban Step for The Catatonically Paralyzed.
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