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 Sunday, February 11, 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 swing, rumba, tango and bachata. This year, we’ll do a little combination class featuring BOTH rumba and bachata, two of our favorite sexy Latin dances!
The sensual sounds of Bachata music and the accompanying steps were born in the Dominican Republic, and can now be found all over the world. Rumba is a composite of several Cuban dances (the guaracha, Cuban bolero and Cuban son) which have rhythms tracing back to ceremonial dances of Africa. You’ll be learning the American style of the dance, which developed in the early 1900s and remains one of the most popular ballroom styles today.
We’ll kick off our workshop with a breakdown of the basic steps, then layer in some spins, wraps and dips. 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 rumba and bachata patterns are fairly easy to pick up. Add a little hip action and you’ll be steaming up the floor in no time! Even if you don’t plan on frequenting a Latin club, the steps as well as the partnering skills you’ll learn can easily translate to other types of music. In fact, the foundational patterns fit with almost any mid-tempo music in 4/4 timing, from pop to country songs.
No experience required: Deborah Hirsch, who runs Philly Dance Fitness and 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 2018
- Sunday, Feb. 11 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Rittenhouse, 1624 South Street
- Rumba and Bachata basics, plus spins 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. 28!
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. 9 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.