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Local dance studios offering couples’ classes and military discounts

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Ever wanted to learn the cha-cha, dazzle with the tango or even liven up the joint with a little swing dancing? Luckily, you and your spouse can head to a number of local studios for classes in all those styles of dancing...and more.

The Olympia Eagles Ballroom (805 E. 4th Avenue) holds new series classes are offered on Tuesday nights, from 6 to 7 p.m., and follow a monthly rotation. The four-week series costs $40, or $12 per class, and includes admission to the dance, which follows the class each Tuesday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  Those just in need of a refresher can also show up at 7 p.m. for a quick class, which costs just $5. For the month of October, starting Oct. 4, the class will be the beginning Lindy Hop. For more information or to register, call (360) 943-4010 or email

Lakewood's new Silhouette Dance (7609 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Suite 200) offers ballroom dancing classes on both Monday and Friday nights, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. To just drop in, cost is $10 per person, per class; for a better deal, you can register for a month at a time.  For more information on pricing, call (253) 314-5405.

The famed Arthur Murray Dance Studios, which have been teaching people to dance since 1912, have two locations nearby; 32724 Pacific Highway South in Federal Way (253) 941-1841, and Prosser Plaza,?5849 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Suite B1, in Tacoma (253) 474-2955. Couples can sign up for private lessons or take a larger, group class in dances like the foxtrot, hustle, waltz and mambo, in addition to classical ballroom instruction. Tuition is a flat rate per couple (prices vary) but new students can pay $59 per couple for an initial consultation, two private lessons and one group class.

The Abbey Ballroom in Tacoma (1901 South Fawcett Street) offers general ballroom dance on Friday nights, from 8 to 10 p.m., in their beautifully renovated historic church, which serves as the studio. Cost is $10 per person. Call (253) 572-5424 for details.

No matter what you're looking for, however, military dancers may get the best deal at Studio 6 Ballroom in Tacoma (2608 - 6th Avenue). Classes like Latin/rhythm, Argentine tango and general ballroom run monthly, while others, like ballroom boot camp and breakdancing can be scheduled upon request. Pricing is per person is $75 for a five-week class and $60 for a month-long class. Military receives a 20 percent discount off of those prices. Call (253) 905-5301 for more details.

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