Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy employs the Vaganova method of classical ballet instruction. Its instructors teach pointe, pas de deux, and character and historical dances to produce athletic, well-rounded dancers. Achieving a high caliber of skill through this method, students have gone on to dance professionally with a variety of organizations, including the American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Riverdance. Though it has a focus on excellence, the academy also offers classes for recreation dancers and beginners of all ages.
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts augments the cultural landscape of Anchorage with a schedule of entertaining events throughout the year. The non-profit organization welcomes audiences to take in musicals, concerts, ballets, and comedy shows in four stunning venues. The spacious Atwood Concert Hall features a dramatic starburst ceiling that mimics the aurora borealis, while the smaller Discovery Theatre sports saucer-shaped discs to aid in acoustics.
South Pacific—a story originally brought to life by Broadway greats Rodgers and Hammerstein—presents a titillating and tangled web of love lines, country allegiances, and tetherball death matches, set against the backdrop of World War II. Power-ballad seeking patrons will swoon as they're swept away by the melodies of "Bali Ha'I," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," and "Some Enchanted Evening," resounding within the sonically engineered Discovery Theatre. With its two-tiered seating area, swooping curved walls, and a ceiling of silver-saucer acoustic disks, the theater treats earthbound ears to an out-of-body experience unknown since Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Musical .
Having adopted the nickname of Alaskan aviation innovator Bob Reeve, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots have had the state's history in their lifeblood since they first took the field in 1969. Over the years, the Pilots' rising collegiate stars have won the National Baseball Congress World Series—held in Wichita, Kansas—five times. Each game, up to 5,300 baseball fans can pack the stands at Mulcahy Stadium, which was built back in 1953 when every American was legally obligated to eat a whole apple pie during the seventh-inning stretch.
The all-ages Rock the Countdown concert series ushers in 2012 on a stage that becomes a magnet for fist pumps and uproarious applause during sets by nationally renowned tunesmiths. Riff wizards Vertical Horizon headline the ear-rattling bill of performers, inciting crowd-wide sing-alongs with international hits such as "You're a God," "Everything You Want," and "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)." Punk rockers Alien Ant Farm, meanwhile, discharge an equally energetic set of chart-topping tunes, including a clamorous cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal," which earned the band rampant praise for its powerful guitar work and complete disdain for walking forward.