The family owned and operated children's arts studio is in its 10th year of offering an eclectic selection of dance and theatre group classes for curious and creative creatures ages 2–18. Courses, which include tap, jazz, ballet, acting for film, stage acting, and musical theatre, to name a few, are divided by age and experience level, and typically meet for one hour every week. Off Broadway's passionate and professional staff of instructors promises to lead children down a path to greater self-discipline through performance, and all of the fun and encouraging classes are taught in a warm and friendly environment.
Customers can admire the proprietor's florid fruit sculptures, commended in 2008 by Salt Lake City Weekly, before settling down to nibble on nuanced curries ($9.95-$12.95) or classic Pad Thai ($9.95-$11.95) from an extensive menu that unites four regional cuisines. At the end of the meal, guests can drown any excess spices in beer or wine ordered from the drinks menu.
Since striking up the Innovations series five years ago, Ballet West has capped each of its characteristically classical seasons with an all-out expo of new works from contemporary choreographers. Set to the dark fury of Shostakovich, Descent, by principal Michael Bearden, presents a true story of the Russian Revolution, expanded to a 45-minute performance from the 10-minute version that premiered in 2010. Chu-San Goh Award winner Susan Shields's evocative Grand Synthesis returns, gracefully skipping between tranquil and frantic tempos like an indecisive morning-radio DJ. Katherine Boyle of the Washington Post said of Shields that her style "fuses formal balletic technique with modern shapes and movement"; her work draws heavily upon training from the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Wolf Trap Elementary School in Vienna.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."