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.
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 .
Supporting education. Building a stronger community. Creating accessibility. Alaska Junior Theater aims to do all that and more. The nonprofit organization hosts youthful audiences at educational and entertaining performances, which address subjects such as geography, social studies, and history. Dedicated to bringing the arts to the community at large, the organization also partners with villages and rural school districts throughout Alaska and includes bus transportation in its youth ticket sales.
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.
Revel in the power of boxers and their damage-dispensing punches dealt during Thursday Night at the Fights. Boxers hustle in the ring, where pairs of muscle-bound pugilists can settle their scores while remaining in constant flux between underdog and overdog status. With seven fights per night, onlookers can nestle into their seats and roar to a number of matchups approved by numerous world wonders and mythologies. Though not included in this Groupon, fight followers can migrate to Chilkoot Charlie's for postfight parties, including ring-girl contests, video recaps of the game, and the opportunity to toast swollen-face victors.