Going Out Guide: Dance
Salsa, Extra Hot
This night club/restaurant hosts a slew of Latin dance nights throughout the week including: Bachata Wednesdays, Viviendo Salsa Thursdays, Salsa Obsession Fridays and Latin Fusion Saturdays. Learn from professional dance instructors in either a beginner or intermediate class, and then show off new moves on the open dance floor later on in the night.
The Salsa Room; 8 p.m./$10 cover, $15 after 10 p.m. thesalsaroom.net
Professional salsa dancer Keith Givens infuses bodies with rhythm during high-energy salsa classes every Monday night at the Clarendon Grill. Admission grants would-be dancers three drop-in classes plus open dancing at 9 p.m. with Salsa and Bachata spin master DJ Renzo atop the eatery-bar’s expansive dance floor.
Clarendon Grill; beginners: 7:30–8 p.m.; intermediate: 8-9 p.m./$5 admission. cgrill.com
Burlesque for Beginners
Come prepared to sexify your dance routine and embrace your sultry side with urban burlesque courses that mix classic burlesque routines with modern dance movements. Though the classes focus on sexy burlesque styles that quick learners can pick up, a little previous knowledge of dance is recommended. Born 2
Dance; session times vary/$20 per drop-in. born2dancestudio.com
Dance the night away to the tune of live country music. Every Friday and Saturday, country bands take the stage and crank out twangy tunes in the front room. Before the festivities, instructors walk greenhorns through an introductory line dancing lesson to prepare them for a night of high-stepping. No experience or partners necessary; just bring your best pair of cowboy boots and a well rehearsed rebel yell.
Nick’s Night Club; Fridays, Saturdays; 7:45 p.m.; $5 Cover. nicksnightclub.com
Get a crash course in all things dance-y. During Saturday Night Dances at The Arlington Dance Factory, award-winning dancers and international ballroom experts lend their knowledge in a free beginners’ lesson included with admission. Saturday themes rotate each week and run the gamut from ballroom and swing routines to Latin-fueled moves spanning cha cha and salsa. If you’re looking for a sampler platter of dance styles, the Dance Factory leaves attendees with a little taste of everything.
Saturdays from 6:30–8:30 p.m.)/ $12 admission. dancefactory.com
From taboo to trendy, the art of striptease and pole dancing has become a new workout favorite for women all over the country. DivaFit will help you leave all bashfulness aside by teaching you the basics, like finding a sexy walk, performing a seductive lap dance and spinning around the pole. Private parties are also available for the ultimate ladies’ night. Times vary; $20 per person for a pole intro class.
A dancer twirling high above the stage on two ribbons of silk, climbing and falling with an almost reckless ease. Sound like the stuff of Cirque de Soleil performers or lifelong acrobats? Hardly; this is what students learn to do during introduction to silks classes at DivaFit. Who knows? This new hobby might just be your true calling. Times vary; $25 per person for a silks intro class. divafitonline.com
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