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 workshop?
Join us the afternoon of Saturday, February 9, for partner dance basics, champagne 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…)
Over the years, we’ve featured a variety of partner dance styles, from rumba to tango. This year, we’re getting back “that swing” with an upbeat intro to East Coast Swing.
We’ll kick off our workshop with a breakdown of the basic steps, then layer in some spins, kicks, dips and more. If time permits, we’ll even teach you a short routine to end the class with a bang.
It might sound overwhelming but trust us, basic six-count swing patterns are fairly easy to pick up. Add in a few spins and dips, and you’ll be heating up the floor in no time! Even if you don’t plan on frequenting big band concerts, the steps as well as the partnering skills you’ll learn can easily translate to other types of music. This informal, upbeat style fits well with Motown, jazz and even some pop songs.
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.
No experience required: Kira Stein, of sister company Ballroom Bliss, will teach you all the background you need to know to lead and follow during this workshop. After about an hour and a half of dancing, we’ll also treat you to champagne and a sampling of decadent desserts.
Our “Ballroom Romance” workshop takes 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, moderate heels or flats, but sneakers will also do the trick.
These workshops have sold out in past years, so get your tickets now to secure your spot!
Curious what to expect? Check out these highlights from a past year’s Tango workshop:
Ballroom Romance 2019
- Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Rittenhouse, 1624 South Street
- East Coast Swing basics and a short routine
- Sign up: $60 per couple or $30 per person. Pre-register early and SAVE: Get 15 percent off by purchasing your tickets by Jan. 31!
Please note that while this workshop focuses 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 a “Strong & Sexy Dancing Valentines”-themed Frisky Friday striptease party. This mini-workshop will be filled with the perfect songs for booty-shaking, hip-grinding fun. We’ll also devote a section of the class to a sex toning workout focusing on exercises such as shoulder bridges and plank variations that have plenty of useful “extracurricular application.” By the end of the hour, you’ll have an arsenal of moves that you can use with or without a lap to dance on. So whether you’re looking to bring a sexy routine home to your Valentine or you just want to have fun and sweat away some calories, this dance party will leave you feeling strong and empowered. And did we mention there’s wine and chocolate?
- Friday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.
- At our Midtown Village location (1301 Locust St, 2nd Floor)
- $18 tickets include wine and refreshments; Members get an additional 20 percent off!
- Come dressed in comfortable workout clothes and bring a pair of heels if you like.