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Lou Conte Dance Studio
This ever-evolving dance form can be a bit of an instructional free-for-all, with novices lagging behind students able to quickly absorb complicated moves. Which is why Lou Conte Dance Studio, teaching from Hubbard Street Dance’s facility in the West Loop, is the perfect place for beginners to start. In this class, you’ll learn the basics and gain the rhythmic confidence to tackle more advanced classes.
WHERE: 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., 312-850-9766, hubbardstreetdance.com/loucontedancestudio
WHEN: Tuesdays, 7:45 to 9:15 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. The fall term starts September 3.
COST: $15 a class
Visceral Dance Center
Modern dance emphasizes body-driven movement, flowing from the feet to the torso. That may sound complicated, but the instructors at Visceral have created this class—one of three in its adult beginners’ series—to help inexperienced dancers ease into the style. Over six weeks, an experienced instructor will help you work through the fundamentals of softening the body and embracing energetic efficiency. You’ll improve coordination, flexibility, and spatial awareness.
WHERE: 2820 N. Elston Ave., 773-772-1771, visceraldance.com
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.; see website for dates.
DANCE SPA BASICS
You could spend six weeks trying to master a dance style that you’ll be able to bust out only on occasion. Or you could take Dance Spa’s crash course on the basics of six popular ones: waltz, rumba, foxtrot, swing, salsa, and tango. Sign up with a partner or without (if you’re willing to make a new friend).
WHERE: 1890 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-904-7892, dancespasouth.com
WHEN: Tuesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., September 10 to October 15
COST: $72 a person ($135 a couple)
INTRO TO SWING
Big City Swing
Chicago wouldn’t be complete without jazz, and jazz wouldn’t be complete without swing dancing. In this four-week session, you’ll learn the fundamentals at a reasonable pace. (It’s fine to sign up solo.) Once you’ve mastered the essentials, advance to one of the classes that focuses on a particular style, such as the Charleston or the lindy hop. Before long you’ll be searching for opportunities to show off your moves. (Try Big Band Tuesdays at the Green Mill.)
WHERE: 1012 W. Randolph St., 312-243-0700, bigcityswing.com
WHEN: Wednesdays, September 11 to October 2. Call for times.
COST: $65 a person