Dancing is the second-best way to let the body do the talking, just short of being born with a mouth in your bellybutton. Speak from the feet with this Groupon.
$99 for a Broadway Center Stage Kids’ Camp ($225 Value)
On August 26–30, kids aged 5–12 learn ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and musical-theater dance styles, performing numbers from productions such as Annie, West Side Story, and Wicked. Between dance lessons, youngsters make costumes, props, and sets. The week culminates in a performance on Friday. Classes are held 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day of the camp.
Portland Festival Ballet
Portland Festival Ballet's artistic director, John Magnus––whose career has touched down in the world of South African dance as well as the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York––headlines a cast of performance-arts instructors and serves as the architect behind the organization's lively, world-class productions. Their seasoned coaches prepare fledgling hoofers and thespians to face the crowd through a schedule of acting and dancing classes for kids, teens, and adults. During breathtaking performances that have included The Nutcracker and the annual Spring Concert, Portland Festival Ballet's charismatic performers storm the stage at the ACMA Performing Arts Center to dazzle audiences with high-flying pirouettes and convincing impersonations of ficus trees.