Explore different dance styles on a budget

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You’re not the only one who’s inspired by ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” And the deeper we get into the season, the more fire we feel in our feet to learn how to dance.

But lessons can be expensive. Ballroom instruction can run $80 an hour or more for private sessions. That’s a lot of moolah to shell out before you even know if you like a particular style of dancing.

The following is a sampling of free and cheap beginner dance lessons in the Atlanta area. Try out any style for almost nothing before you sign up for a pricier package. And don’t worry — you can TiVo the ABC show once you’re out dancing every night.

All About Ballroom: If the elegant lines of waltz, tango, foxtrot or rumba call your name, you’ll want to try a ballroom class. This studio offers a free group beginner lesson, plus a first-time private lesson for singles or couples for $35 (regularly $75) — a steal compared to many ballroom studios. Locations are available in Chamblee, Alpharetta and Lawrenceville.

Salsa at Purple Rain Lounge: You’ll find out why they call them “Addictive Thursdays” at this restaurant and night spot. Plan on sampling a few tapas and drinks before the free lesson starts at 9 p.m. Your feet will be in good hands with DJ Carlito Nova, who spins each Thursday. 3550 Mall Blvd., Duluth. 770-418-9086.

Salsa at Loca Luna: At 8 p.m. each Wednesday, this venue offers free classes. Music lovers are in luck as the incredible Clave y Son four-piece salsa band ignites the floor at 7 p.m. Plus, print out a coupon from SnoopCoup.com for half off your dinner when you’re done spicing it up. 550 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta. 404-875-4494.

HotJamSwings: Monday nights you’ll find energetic swing dancers of all ages cutting a rug at the Garden Hills Community Center in Buckhead. The free beginner lesson is taught at 8 p.m. and followed by a DJ’d dance. Pay $7 to stay and practice your moves at the dance — or just watch in awe. 307 Pine Tree Drive, Atlanta.

Line dancing and more at Wild Bill’s: Don’t let the venue fool you — Wednesday nights at Wild Bill’s feature an array of styles, including line dancing, two-step and West Coast swing, but you might also see some East Coast swing, waltz and even polka on the dance floor. Line dancing lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. The lesson plus open dancing will set you back a mere $5. 2075 Market St., Duluth.

Zumba at Impact Dance: OK, so maybe Zumba isn’t a traditional style of dance — but it is an upbeat, fun synthesis of merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, belly dancing, flamenco, tango and samba. This dance studio offers a free class at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for all school teachers. 4246 South Main St., Acworth. 770-974-8653.

These are just a few of the dancing deals in Atlanta. Where have you taken inexpensive beginner lessons?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Elizabeth Umberger

April 10th, 2012
5:14 pm

Lilburn Christian Church is offering Ballroom Dance lessons for Beginners I, II and III. This is actually an extension of an outreach program of First Baptist Church of Monroe. The cost for 10 lessons is $125 per couple. You can’t beat the price. We are starting our Beginner III class this week and have learned in the first couple of classes several steps to the Bolero, Rumba, Swing, Waltz and Cha-cha. The website is http://www.fbcdance.com. You can register or find out information about available dances in the area at the website