Without dance, people could only hum along to Macarena, and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with this Groupon.
$29 for a Three-Week Beginner Ballroom-Dance Class with Two Friday Workshops and Dance Parties ($60 Value)
Guests strap on their dancing stilts for either Introduction to Social Ballroom Dancing (Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) or American Smooth 1 (Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). In Social Ballroom classes, instructors introduce students to the Victorian world of glidesmanship, imparting basic patterns, timing, styling, and leading-and-following techniques. The American Smooth series covers the beginning steps of popular dances such as the foxtrot, waltz, and tango. Students taking part in social dance classes are invited to one-hour Friday-evening workshops (7 p.m.) that lead into two-and-a-half hour social dance parties where newly minted light trippers can try out their new moves. View the calendar.
Washington Dance Club
Since 1987, the national championship dancers at Washington Dance Club have been steadily whittling away at an excess of left feet with their social and competitive dance classes. Students cut rugs of all stripes in the historic Avalon Ballroom, twirling through ballroom, Latin, and swing sessions atop the 1930s ballroom's 3,000-square-foot sprung-maple dance floor. The team of instructors work with beginners, professionals, and top-hat wearing skeletons looking to revamp their image in private and group lessons, workshops, and weekly dance parties.