Founded in 2002 by Erik Sanborn, a Minnesota native whose art has taken him to stages across 25 countries, the Metropolitan Ballet curates a company of skilled dancers, some with ties to such prestigious companies as the Bolshoi Ballet. The curriculum is grounded in the Vaganova method of ballet, which emphasizes a strong core and full-body perfection of movement. The company also stays busy with a full season of performances, with lavishly costumed dancers moving through dramatic stories that have ranged from Dracula to The Nutcracker.
A modern take on the classic movie-going experience, ShowPlace Icon Theatre takes the legwork out of dinner and a movie by pairing comfortable sophisticated theaters with upscale, on-location dining, and advanced reserved seating. With digital cinema projectors capable of displaying 35 trillion colors and premium digital surround-sound systems, each stadium-seated auditorium is equipped to showcase buzz-worthy films exactly as the director, assistant director, second-assistant director, and second second-assistant director intended. Patrons to the theater pick their viewing spots ahead of time, eliminating the usual frenzied, darkened search for ideal seating and guaranteeing guests find seats together.
Cinema Grill captures all angles of entertainment in its three show rooms, from newer movie releases and live sporting events blasting on giant screens to a rotating cast of comedians lobbing laugh bombs as crowds feast on fare from the full-service restaurant and bar. While actors work their best angles on the screen, patrons can translate their dialogue into Esperanto or order from the menu, which is laden with entrees and suds from the local brewmasters at Surly. The theater converts into a satellite stadium when it broadcasts live sporting events, which gain lifelike clarity on its giant 30-foot high-definition screen.
Little did Arthur Murray know when he opened the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 1912 that it would play an integral part in history. It was a dance studio that helped revolutionize direct mail advertising and led Murray to be the first person in the world to broadcast live dance music on the radio. By the 1930s, he had his instructors teaching new dances including “The Big Apple,” followed by the “Teeny Banana” on first-class steamship cruises. His instructors moved from steamships to big screens, teaching actors dance moves and starring in such films as Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever. By then, the studio had inspired the hit song “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry” by Betty Hutton and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Today, the studio’s name appears on the pages of Vogue, Martha Stewart Wedding, and Sports Illustrated.
Aside from remaining a presence in media and cities around the world, the Arthur Murray Dance Studio gets feet moving by teaching popular dances that include the cha-cha, fox trot, salsa, samba, and swing. The studio instructs on a variety of dances that help people look cool at bar mitzvahs, nightclubs, crosswalks, and anywhere dance is popular.:m]]
The Twin Cities Auto Show has been drawing hundreds of thousands of auto enthusiasts for more than 40 years. However, there's nothing middle-aged about the auto technology visitors see there?the event celebrates, not the auto industry's past, but its future. Visitors can check out the latest models from over 30 trusted brands such as Ford, Lexus, and Maserati on the massive exhibit floor of the Minneapolis Convention Center, as well as in themed rooms. These include the Green Room?home to the latest eco-friendly technology?and Luxury Lane?which comes stocked with more than $1 million in luxury vehicles. When they're not checking out automobiles, visitors can get free car-seat safety checks, stop by food trucks for snacks, or visit entertainment and celebrity exhibits.
Aesthetician Lolita at Pure Massage and Bodyworks refreshes clients' faces with a variety of cleansing facials. Her custom facials remove dirt and debris from the skin and soothe tension customers have stored up from a long day of staring at their toes. The relaxation doesn't have to stop with the face, either. Therapists can unknot hard-working back muscles as guests lounge in cushiony black leather pedicure thrones; nail technicians can polish and pamper feet. A plethora of beauty treatments, from spa facials to Botox injections to organic spray tans, also keeps faces and figures firm, fresh, and youthful. Before indulging in these services, guests can bask in the comfort of the chandelier-lit lobby, sipping complimentary water.