Tie down your topknots, it’s time to dance.
In recent years, many Portlanders have jumped aboard the ballroom and swing dancing bandwagon, and happily so, bolstering their physical fitness and adding to their repertoire of things to do on a slow weeknight. Long gone are the days when the guys wore a hat and sunglasses on the way in and out of the studio, with or without a partner. (Eighties kids can remember when that worm started to turn, with the advent of a badass ballet dancer named Mikhail Baryshnikov.) These days, that worn-smooth hardwood floor is a place where friends of all mindsets and body types can come together, welcome the newcomers, and get in a groove that leaves everybody feeling a little more dextrous, a little stronger, and a tad more cultured, having experienced something they always suspected would be fun, and now know for sure.
So for the still-trepidatious among us, or those who have mastered a dance discipline or two already and want to branch out, here are two chances to dip that twinkle-toe in an exciting new pool:
First, due to the efforts of a little org called Danza Latina, whose mission has involved affordable Latin dancing for all since 2015, there’s Zumba Portland Maine at 108 High Street on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Drop in on a single class for $9 (cash only), or buy a five-session card for $40. Wear non-restrictive clothing and comfortable shoes and be prepared for a workout that you will feel in every muscle set, all to the sounds of salsa, bachata, merengue, afro-rumba and more. This is the real deal.
Danza Latina: http://www.danzalatina2015.com/classes.html
Or, perhaps for Phoenix readers to whom the names Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are not unfamiliar, whose feet unconsciously tap to every rhythm they hear, beat feet to Tap Dancing for Beginners, at Portland Adult Education (14 Locust St) on Saturday, October 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. This class is $12 per drop-in or $62 for a solid six-week building-blocks course. Tap shoes can usually be found online for anywhere between forty and ninety bucks, but don’t worry, organizers Lindy Maine encourage you to come in any pair of leather-soled shoes, and only make the investment if you end up loving the techniques and coordination you’ll learn. That’s what’s on tap.
Beginning Tap: http://lindymaine.weebly.com/tap.html