Last week, the Jenkintown native and undeniable super-hunk officially nabbed himself the Oscar nom for his role in the critically acclaimed and locally filmed, Silver Linings Playbook. And while Cooper might have beaten by Daniel Day Lewis on Sunday at the Golden Globes (which is almost guaranteed to happened again at the Academy Awards), he has been successful in inspiring locals to take up ballroom dancing.
As you’ve may have briefly noticed in the film’s trailer, Cooper’s character, Pat, competes in a ballroom competition at a “local hotel” alongside his equally unstable love interest, played by Jennifer Lawrence (who did shock everybody when she took home the 2013 Golden Globe for “Best Actress.”).
According to Society Hill Dance Academy owner, Shana Vitoff-Heidorn, since the film hit theaters, enrollment in her introductory ballroom classes has shot up a whopping 50 percent.
“We have been pleasantly surprised by the renewed interest in ballroom dancing, especially the Waltz,” says Vitoff-Heidorn, adding that this interest has been shared by Philadelphians of all different ages.
Should you yourself want to steal Cooper’s moves, SHDA has several upcoming open “Social Ease” classes at both their Center City (409 S. Second St.) and Manayunk (4401 Cresson St.). Although the waltz is the easiest ballroom dance for beginners to master, SHDA also covers salsa, the cha-cha, tango and fox trot. Best of all, these classes are open everyone—no partner or reservation required.