With a history stretching back more than 40 years, Circus Vargas wows audiences with dazzling acrobatics and rib-tickling clowns under a giant big-top tent. The show eschews animal performers for human-costumed spectacles, showcasing dazzling feats that only a few dexterous humans and short-circuited cyborgs are capable of. The circus's big top, hand-fashioned in Milan from 90,000 square feet of fabric, holds up to 1,500 show-goers in classic, blue-dyed elegance. Early-arriving guests can take part in an interactive preshow, jumping in the ring with ringmaster Jon Weiss as he leads audience members through tutorials that show how to perform stunts such as juggling, feather balancing, and balancing checkbooks with quill pens.
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The Valley Performing Arts Center’s stunning performance hall unites the timbres of plucked strings and tapped piano keys in harmonious compositions performed by some of the world’s most esteemed classical musicians. Powered by a belief in communication and shared understanding through art, the center’s Classical Series features a trio of virtuosic performances that pull from monolithic Romantic composers such as Brahms and Chopin as well as 20th-century sound-weavers Stravinsky and Shostakovich. The series commences with a moving performance from the Mariinsky Orchestra, founded by Catherine the Great in 1783 and renowned for giving Russian ballets more layers than a matryoshka doll shoved inside a wedding cake. Still reveling in his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson marches with the well-tuned troops of the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra through fields blossoming with Romantic symphonies and concertos. Vladimir Spivakov and Olga Kern team up for a fitting conclusion to the series, capping off the performance by shooting fireworks out of their respective violin and piano.
Like many of her fellow dance teachers at Gotta Dance Studio, owner Cindy Gebelein first donned ballet flats at age 6. Throughout a lifetime of performing and 35 years of teaching, she’s worn through copious dance shoes while sharing her passion with others. She opened Gotta Dance Studio in 1995 to further pass on her love for performance, arming younger generations with the technical skills to develop into true artists.
The instructors elucidate a variety of dance styles, from perennial favorites such as ballet, jazz, and tap to modern styles such as hip-hop and contemporary. For students truly taken with the stage, a musicaltheater and performing arts program builds upon the physical conditioning and movement training of dance with voice- lessons and resume-building performances. Three dance troupes, each with their own particular focus, partake in demonstrations and competitions at both the local and national level. Thanks to their travels, these squads have come home with multiple awards and at least a dozen stray tap-dancing cats.