Flowers, cards, dinner out — those are all well and good, but why not make this Valentine’s Day weekend extra memorable by connecting with your sweetheart on the dance floor at our Ballroom Romance workshops?
Join us in the afternoon for partner dance basics and gourmet desserts before you head out to your Valentine’s Day dinner or home to “practice” your moves. (Sorry, we just couldn’t resist…)
Since this workshop was such a hit in past years, we’re doing a double dose this year, featuring tango on Saturday, Feb. 13, in our South Philly studio and then East Coast swing on Sunday, Feb. 14 at our Rittenhouse outpost.
No dance experience required for either section. Kira Stein, an instructor at our sister company, Ballroom Bliss, will teach you all the background you need to know to lead and follow some basic steps. Then, just for fun, you’ll learn a short routine to end the class with a bang. After about an hour and a half of dancing, we’ll treat you to champagne and a sampling of decadent desserts.
The tango-themed workshop will cover the basic traveling pattern as well as a number of fun, dramatic moves such as cortes and fans. It might sound intimidating, but trust us, tango is much easier to pick up than you might think. While tango music isn’t as common in, say, wedding reception playlists, some of the partnering skills you’ll learn easily translate to other genres. And when else will you have the excuse to learn such a unique, passionate dance?
The East Coast swing workshop will start with the basics of six-count swing, a more informal, upbeat style that fits well with Motown, jazz and even some pop songs. Once you’ve mastered those steps, you’ll layer in spins, kicks, dips and more. Don’t be surprised if you work up a bit of a sweat — East Coast swing is well-suited to fast tempos. For that reason, it’s also one of the most fun — and useful — partner dances.
These Ballroom Romance workshops take a departure from our usual focus on fitness. Wear whatever you like — even dressier clothes for those who might be going out to dinner directly afterward will be perfectly suitable. For footwear, we recommend smooth-soled dress shoes, low heels or flats, but sneakers will also do the trick.
Our Ballroom Romance workshop sold out last year, so get your tickets now to secure your spot!
Ballroom Romance 2016
- Two to Tango: Saturday, Feb. 13 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- South Philly, 1170 S. Broad St. (near the intersection with Federal St.) FREE street parking!
- Ballroom tango basics and a short routine
- Swing with Your Sweetheart: Sunday, Feb. 14 from 3-5 p.m.
- Rittenhouse, 1624 South St.
- East Coast Swing basics and an upbeat routine
- Sign up: $60 per couple or $35 per person. SAVE by purchasing early bird tickets: $50/couple and $30/individuals through Jan. 30.
Note: While these workshops focus on partner dancing, that doesn’t mean you can’t join in if you’re unattached. Singles will partner up with each other or the instructors.
Speaking of which, whether single or spoken for, we also invite everyone to join us the Friday night before Valentine’s Day for our “Strong & Sexy Dancing Valentines”-themed Zumba and Striptease classes, also at our Rittenhouse location.
The night begins at 6 p.m. with a sexified Zumba class featuring a playlist filled with the perfect songs for booty-shaking and hip-grinding. Follow this with an extra special Frisky Friday striptease aerobics class that includes a sex toning workout focusing on exercises such as shoulder bridges and plank variations that have a lot of “extracurricular application.” Whether you’re looking to pick up some moves to bring home to your valentine or you just want to have fun and sweat away some calories, this double-header will leave you feeling strong and empowered.
Strong & Sexy Dancing Valentines
- Friday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. (Zumba) and 7 p.m. (Striptease Aerobics)
- Rittenhouse studio, 1624 South St.
- For each class: $12 drop-in, one punch on a class card or FREE for members. OR, pay in advance to attend both for only $15! This combination discount ticket will only be available online through Feb. 5.