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Learn how to swing or step in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Thursday, 29 September 2011 22:34
When on holiday, many travellers are looking to have a little fun. A great way to relax and learn something new is to take a dance lesson in a new city. Those who are taking tours of Ottawa may want to check out one of the great dance studios in town that offer an array of fun styles to try and opportunities to meet new people with similar interests.
To try their hand at some classic dance genres, tourists can book a private lesson at The Arthur Murray Dance Studio. According to the company’s website, travellers can go with a group, that special someone or by themselves to take an introductory course on the waltz, tango and foxtrot. This studio also offers Latin-based dance styles, including salsa, mambo and merengue classes.
For something a little more daring, travellers can book a great class at Ottawa Pole Fitness. This ladies-only studio instructs participants on various forms of aerial dance, including using ribbons and hula hoops suspended on hooks. The company’s website states that all women over 18 are welcome to attend a class if they call ahead to check scheduling. This may be ideal for a group celebrating an upcoming wedding or a birthday milestone while in Canada’s capital city.
Another alternative dance studio is the Dance with Alana Company. Specializing in swing, jive, tap and fusion, this studio’s website states that they welcome new dancers who think they may have two left feet. Talented professionals will guide students though the lessons and help them improve while having fun.
Those who learn to swing can try out their new skills every week at the Sandy Hill All Saints Church for the Friday Night Swing Dance. This event is sponsored by the Ottawa Swing Dance Society and provides dancers with a fun atmosphere and great music to enjoy, reports the organization’s website. Every first Friday of the month they also hosts live swing music that truly transports participants back in time to a jiving time in history.
After a lesson to learn the basics, some travellers may be interested in watching professionals display their dancing talents. At the National Arts Centre on October 15th, the Guangzhou Ballet will be performing Return on a Snowy Night, states the venue’s website. This beautiful example of a professional dance troupe may inspire travellers to continue their lessons upon returning home.