Professional football players study ballet to sharpen reflexes, improve flexibility, and craft touchdown dances graceful enough to drive spectators to tears. Add artistry to a youngster's life with today’s Groupon: for $27, you get a one-day dance camp for a child between the ages of 3 and 9 at Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy (a $55 value).
The skilled dancers at Anchorage Classical Ballet, recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Arts Organization Award, lead pintsize pirouetters in daylong camps that introduce them to the disciplined grace of classical dance. The one-day workshops partition girls and boys into theme-based programs catering to three separate age groups: 3- and 4-year-olds, kids ages 5–6, and youngsters ages 7–9. Students can plié, jeté, and electric boogaloo in Ballerina for a Day camp, jump to their feet in Can’t Sit Still, or commit to sanctioned insanity in Crazy 4 Dance. Each course incorporates music and song with dance instruction and includes the creation of crafts, such as macaroni portraits of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Camps run July 26 to August 27 on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with occasional Thursday sessions.