Dance, Dance Revolution
I guess people are taking those New Year's resolutions seriously this year. We had a ton of dance and exercise questions in yesterday's Got Plans? We didn't get to all of them, so here's what I could dig up on two of the questions that were left behind.
Help!: I know I am very late...but I was searching for a step class (i.e. Stomp the Yard, not aerobics) somewhere in town. Is there anything out there?
The short answer is no -- if you're over 18. This morning, I spoke with Giani Clarkson, company manager of Step Afrika!, the area's leading step group. Even though his company stages a whole slew of workshops for kiddies and teens, they don't offer any adult classes right now, nor did he know of any classes in the region. "Because of the history of step -- that it completely belongs to the black and Greek communities -- you don't really learn it from a class like ballet," he said. The company may consider offering these classes in the future, but for now, this questioner is, sadly, out of luck.
Meanwhile, Clarkson suggested that anyone interested in learning the rhythmic dance should keep tabs on Step Afrika's tour schedule. When Step Afrika! performs at local universities, the universities often offer a free step dancing workshop that it is open to the public.
Another chatter had cold feet about attending her first wedding.
Washington, D.C.: Hello GOGs! My boyfriend and I got invited to our first wedding and are not used to "wedding dances" -- are there any studios in D.C. (no car transportation) that have reasonably priced classes on social dances like that? Thanks!
I don't know whose wedding it is, Washington, but I wouldn't worry too much about the dancing. No one else our age knows ballroom dancing either (which is kind of a shame, but it is what it is). If it's a friend or colleague's wedding, you'll probably get by with your sixth-grade slow dance moves and college party dancing. I mean, I wouldn't grind on the bride's grandfather at the reception or anything. At the first wedding I went to, one of my college buddies took grandma out on the dance floor to 50 Cent's "In Da Club." It wasn't pretty.
If the wedding is for an older relative (or you just really want to strut to impress), you're in luck. Many studios offer these classes, but you might try the social ballroom classes at Joy of Motion's easily accessible Dupont location. Check out the schedule -- there's a new series of sessions starting on Feb. 10.
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