Internationally known burlesque star Lola van Ella captains VanElla Studios, home of burlesque-infused dance and cardio classes that are “pure fun,” according to St. Louis Magazine. Clients can build confidence and performance repertoires in a panoply of body-positive classes, such as Burlesque Basics 1, which covers moves such as the shimmy, the bump-and-grind, and boa-wielding, which teaches guests how to seductively fashion a lasso out of a boa constrictor to reach coconuts for survival. For a higher-octane workout, rug-cutters with some dance experience can enroll in the hip-hop sequence, whose fast-paced choreography matches a soundtrack of rap and R & B tracks. In each class, an average of 10 students follow in the footsteps of instructors with professional dance experience.
Celebrating its 25th-anniversary jubilee year, Circus Flora dazzles audiences with exhilarating theatrical routines in a modern, European-style circus. During the circus’ brand-new show, Vagabond Adventures, a talented troupe of human and animal performers grace the ring, including tightrope walkers, acrobats, and trick riders, as they tell an enchanting story rife with espionage and feats of heroism set aboard a floating, Civil War–era circus. Marvel at the gravity-defying acrobatics of The Flying Pages, a family of aerialists known for feats of mid-air tumbling, ribbon hanging, and history of rescuing kittens from the tops of skyscrapers. Reach your giggle quota with the hilarious antics of Giovanni Zoppe, the youngest-ever performer to be inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame, or marvel at the roping virtuoso of Vince Bruce, the most famous British cowboy after Duke Morrison.
The Edison Theatre's Ovations series entertains sensory mechanisms with eclectic music, theater, and dance performances. Renowned Irish ensemble Danú has shared its authentic ballads and in-time foot taps with audiences throughout the world, including the president of Ireland. Accompanied by flute, button accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, and other traditional Irish instruments, they'll allow crowds to legally eavesdrop on their blend of ancient native tunes and contemporary pieces.
It's hard to cut a rug properly. You have to measure room dimensions, don safety goggles, and use a proper pair of carpet shears. Today's Groupon to Dance St. Louis lets you leave this labor of love to the professionals. For $25, you get one ticket (up to a $50 value) to a performance of Aszure Barton & Artists at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus. Seats are in the orchestra or parterre sections, and will be determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. All tickets for all showtimes must be redeemed by phone or in person at the Dance St. Louis box office in Grand Center (open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday).
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