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JUST DANCE

by Lenise Willis

There’s something so freeing about dancing. I’m talking about the letting-your-self-completely-go kind of dancing. Embarrassing dancing. Sweaty dancing. Spastic dancing “” whatever you’re feeling at the moment. This year, I hope every one of you lets loose and you get swept away in a beat and a step. Of course, if you’d like to hone those skills so you don’t look like you’re drowning, there are a few classes in the Triad that can help you do it.

First, let me just say that I love to dance. I have zero rhythm and I love to dance. Even back in those college clubbing days, I was the girl who danced for herself “” not to look sleazy, not to attract an on-looking cutie “” but simply for the pure love of letting myself go. Sometimes it wasn’t pretty “” but it sure as heck was fun.

But since I’m a tad older now, and I feel like my nightclub days are over, I’ve been looking for a way to continue that joy “” besides having private dance parties in my room. One studio in particular caught my eye: Artistic Motion in Greensboro.

The performing arts studio, which opened in 2000, offers recreational classes to both kids and adults.

“We offer classes in the typical dance studio areas: ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical and modern,” said Natalya Davison, Executive Director of Artistic Motion School of Arts in Greensboro. “But we have also expanded to include instruction in ballroom dancing, musical theatre, Zumba, martial arts, yoga, drama, piano and voice.”

You can sign up for a group class or schedule a private lesson for $50 an hour.

TAKE THE LEAD

Looking for a way to spice up date night? Grab your sweetie and sign up for Katrina Blose’s Date Night Ballroom classes on Saturday nights from 5-6 p.m. Cost is $20 per couple per class.

USA Dance in Clemmons also offers ballroom dance lessons at their monthly Tea Dance, which is the fourth Sunday of every month. Take a quick lesson from 4-4:30 p.m., then dance from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for non-members.

RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YA

If you’re looking to get on your feet with some feel-good music Gloria Estefan style, then check out Artistic Motion’s salsa classes Thursdays from 7:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person per class.

Of course, swing dancing is just as upbeat. The Piedmont Swing Dance Society hosts open dances with live bands every second Saturday at the Vintage Theatre in Winston-Salem and every fourth Saturday at the Oriental Shrine Club in Greensboro. A one-hour jitterbug lesson is given prior to each dance. Cost is $10 for non-members. No partner or experience is necessary.

OWN THE STREETS

A hip-hop class is definitely a great way to let loose and impress your friends. Artistic Motion offers a variety of classes depending on your skill level, including Beginning Kids (ages 7-12), Intermediate Kids, Beginning Adults (ages 13 and up), Intermediate/Advanced Adult, Adult and private lessons. The classes range in price from $248-$261 a semester or $50 per hour.

So it’ll be OK; just dance! !

WANNA go?

Artistic Motion has a downtown studio lo cated at 800 W. Smith St., Suite A, Greensboro and a day studio located at 5401 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro. For more information on classes and registration, visit artisticmotiondance.com or call them at 617-5099. USA Dance’s Tea Dance occurs at Jerry Long Family YMCA, located at 1150 S. Peace Haven Road, Clemmons. Visit ballroom-dancing.org for more information.

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