The Education Guide: Get Your Ass in Class

Take a class, learn something new.

By Nicole Finkbiner
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Frisky Fridays Striptease Aerobics

After an hour of intense dirty dancing, you’ll have a chance to socialize, snack and maybe even take in a few demonstrations from a local female-owned business. Each class offers a new routine and surprises. Next up: a raunchy chair routine. Every fourth Friday of the month, 7pm. $10. The Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. 

Intro to Aerials

You won’t get to fly through the air just yet, but this adult workshop promises to get your feet off the ground. In the comfort of other beginners and the guidance of a trained professional, explore the wild world of contemporary arts via the rope, fabric and static trapeze. Sundays, 5:45pm. $25. Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 5900 Greene St. 215.849.1991.

Urban Defense Martial Arts

Unlike your normal self-defense class, urban defense combines the techniques of ancient and traditional martial arts to create a practical system of defense against today’s street crime. This training will enable you to protect yourself not only against a single attacker, but multiple attackers. And with the first week of classes offered for free, you really have far more to gain than loose. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm; Saturdays, 11am. $20-$95. Urban Defensive Center, 725 N. Sixth St. 267.974.0287.

Beginner’s Hip-Hop

Explore the basics of hip-hop dance technique during this high-energy intro class. Each class will begin with an aerobic warm-up, transition into technical movement instruction and conclude with a short piece of choreography. Sundays, noon. $12. Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, 2030 Frankford Ave. 617.291.3798.

Let’s Move! Wacky Walk

OK, so technically this is meant for kids, but when do you get a chance to walk while imitating animals and doing the hokey pokey? Based on First Lady Michelle Obabma’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids, this is pretty much the most fun you’ll have while taking a scenic stroll. Feb. 4 and March 3, 10:30am. $7-$16. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

West Philly Hoop Jam

Remember the good ol’ days when you could hula-hoop all through recess? Well, this is sorta like that, only you’ll get to do it for two straight hours with other hoopers. If you’ve never been able to keep a hula on your hips, consider taking the Tuesday night intermediate hoop dancing class. Before you know it you’ll be doing step-throughs, jumps and even hoop on a vertical plane. Friendly strangers and hoops are provided. Second Sundays, 7:30pm. $5. Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave. 215.387.3434.

Israeli Dancing

Held virtually every Sunday through June, this informal, friendly group is always happy to welcome new dancers. Though their repertoire consists mainly of intermediate dances, each session begins with easy dances with an emphasis on instruction and review. Sundays, 10am. $5. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.

Argentine Tango Beginner Class

No need to register or bring a partner, just come in your best dancing shoes and give this elegant and sensual dance a try. Should you enjoy it, the school offers a four-week and two-day beginner intensive class covering everything you need to know to tango. Fridays, 7pm. Free. Philadelphia Tango School, 2030 Frankford Ave. 617.291.3798.


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1. Anonymous said... on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:28AM

“excellent article, well done.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:25AM

“Those Sauced Education Classes at Philly Wine School are actually $65, not $16.”

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3. Rick Saxby said... on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:59AM

“The Philly Urban Defense looks like a good company. I went on their website and they have some good testimonials. Their Tai-Fit program looks like the class I would take out of all the ones they offer. I know some people think stuff like this is stupid but I always liked classes like these, they remind of tai-bo. (I like tai bo, I don't care what anyone says, its fun).

Rick Saxby,


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