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 with today’s Groupon to the Wichita Swing Dance Society's Sunflower Swing 2011, which takes place in Wichita from Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17. Choose between the following options:
• For $10, you get admission to weekend social dances ($20 value).
• For $42, you get a weekend pass, including swing-dancing lessons, live music, and potluck fare (an $85 value).
Bopping around for more than 10 years, the nonprofit Wichita Swing Dance Society offers comprehensive instruction to jivers of all levels. Slim down the soles of active shoes at 7 p.m. on Friday with the welcome dance at the Care to Dance facility. Saturday's workshops begin at The Harry Reese Dance Studio at 11 a.m., with classes ranging from Does this Look Natural—a candid seminar on cutting a solo rug—to Rockin' in Rhythm, a primer on matching elusive music moods and tempos to the body's overly literal clap-stomps and partner hurdles. On Saturday night festival attendees gather in the ballroom from 8 p.m. to midnight. Competitive leg shakers can duke it out for prizes during a random jack-and-jill partnering or later with a floor-mate of their choosing. At 1 a.m. the party boards a soul train to the Care to Dance facility, where anyone who hasn't yet returned to their pumpkin form can jitterbug until 4 a.m. Sunday reconvenes at the Harry Reese Dance Studio with more daytime workshops followed by the last dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.