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Five Cool Places to Dance It Out in the Lehigh Valley

When we are children, we move naturally, easily, and without self-consciousness. Bring that feeling back and put on those dancing shoes!

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by Carrie Havranek

The Lehigh Valley is home to all sorts of hidden gems, and while all of these aren’t truly hidden, they are gems. Here are five cool places where you can reconnect with your body and discover its capabilities (and, inevitably, its limitations) and just have some plain old good fun. Learn a new style, expand your horizons, and try something different: Dance is a transformative opportunity to get lost inside—and outside—yourself.  We want to hear about your favorite place, too, so we’ve intentionally left the fifth spot blank. Tell us!

Belly dancing, salsa lessons and more, Easton and Bethlehem. Easton Yoga has long offered belly dancing classes, but the studio recently unveiled a new room dedicated to dance and movement so you can also find salsa on the schedule, too. Currently, there’s an ongoing eight-week introductory session which runs through the end of July and it’s too late to take a drop-in class, but keep checking the schedule because salsa es muy popular and will return. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem offers belly dancing classes taught by Amala Gameela, and an introductory series for beginners is set to start Monday, July 11, 7:15-8:15 and will run through August 29.  Not sure you want to commit? There’s a free introductory class on Friday, July 1 from 6:15-7pm.

Dancing on the Thirds, Easton. Every third Friday, you can dance ballroom, salsa, cha-cha, the hustle, foxtrot and more in downtown Easton. The next event, July 15, is west coast swing. Come for the night; you’ll receive an hour-long lesson in the style and then an open dance with a deejay follows. All ages are welcome. Admission is $10 per person; college students with valid ID get in for half price, and it’s brought to you by Easton Main Street Initiative. Every Third Friday (and some fifth Fridays, where the calendar allows), 7pm-10pm; Third Street Alliance, 41 N. 3rd Street, Easton; 610.330.9942.

Lehigh Valley Tango Society, Allentown. This is Argentine tango, which is strictly its own thang distinct from the tango most people are familiar with, at least in passing. The group holds its practicas on Wednesday nights at the Antonio Salemme Foundation downtown. There’s no charge for your first practica and beginners are always welcome; it’s an open session where you can observe, learn, and of course, dance. Wednesdays, 7pm-10pm; Empire Ballroom, 2nd floor of Antonio Salemme Foundation, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Sangria, Allentown. Friday nights are Latin nights, and they’re almost always led by a deejay, and the dancing varies from salsa, merengue, to bachata. The patio just opened last week, the super creative chef Abe Lopez just unveiled a new summer menu, and they’ve always got red and white sangria along with specialty ones, too; just ask. Whatever you do, don’t miss the fish tacos.  Fridays, 10pm. 840 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown; 610-432-3280. Valet parking.

Where’s number five? We’re leaving that up to you this week. Where’s your favorite place to go dancing?

Carrie Havranek is a writer in Easton who hung up her pointe and character shoes about ten years ago and swapped them for a yoga mat. She still adores dancing.

 

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7 Responses

06.27.11

I am going to be dancing with DJ Telly at the super awesome Attic and Eskandalo! Dance Party to end all dance parties. More info here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=209519629091388

I am wearing my favorite hipster shirt.

06.27.11

there is a big outdoor dance party/fashion show this Friday night in South Bethlehem during First Friday. look for the tents on the corner lot where 3rd Street Chicken & Ribs (and Greekers) use to be. more info here:

https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=209519629091388

06.27.11

My Friday dance class called Indian Fusion Temple Dance is the most amazing workout you will experience! Fusing classical, bollywood, and bhangra, this Indian dance class will have you smiling and enjoying, while sweating buckets and dancing to your soul’s rhythms!!! Check out http://premsirikundalini.com/upcomingbellydanceclass.html for more information.

If you haven’t tried Indian dance – you won’t want to miss this!

Blessings,
Prem Siri Kaur
Premier sacred dance & kundalini yoga instructor of the Lehigh Valley.

06.27.11

Thanks, Prem Siri Kaur and TD! This is good stuff all around. 🙂

We love dancing! We met in 1976 and danced to Donna Summer’s “Try Me I Know We Can Make It” – we did, together in love for 35 years this year, and married in Canada. Are these dance events segregated for heterosexuals only (or those pretending to be, you know who you are) or integrated to include couples born like us? We don’t want to show up and get shot or anything for merely dancing.

06.27.11

Tim and Earl, I’m guessing that events sponsored by the yoga studios would be copacetic; I can’t speak to all of it, though.

06.27.11

Hey Carrie,

This is awesome! I’m so for this. I’ve been doing a lot of meditation over the last couple of years and it’s done wonders for my thinking. Psyched about Yoga, do it in my apartment almost everyday! Now dancing, I need to get myself enrolled in a class, fast! I am secretly fascinated by it and would certainly like to be able to dance it up, without completely embarrassing myself, when I go out! Awesome suggestions.

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