Without dance, people could only hum along to “Macarena,” and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with today’s Groupon to Asheville Ballet. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get 5 drop-in dance, Zumba, and Pilates classes (a $125 value, including $30 registration fee).
- For $49, you get 10 drop-in dance, Zumba, and Pilates classes (a $220 value, including $30 registration fee).<p>
Asheville Ballet’s experienced instructors lead dancers of all skill levels through an array of body-shaping classes, including Zumba, Pilates, modern dance, and hip-hop. Aspiring ballerinas can grasp the basics during Ballet I or build upon skills in Ballet II/III, training for the coveted position as a twirler inside a music box. Zumba sessions combine Latin rhythms with hip-shaking dance moves, and Pilates targets core muscles with a series of strengthening exercises. Groovers tap to body-shuffling beats during a hip-hop class and act out passionate emotions or the entire Age of Enlightenment during modern-dance sessions.
It takes a lot of pirouettes to fill a half-century. And since 1963, Asheville Ballet has staged seasons full of fluid choreography, dazzling costumes, and French vocabulary. As the area's only professional adult resident company—and one of western North Carolina's oldest non-profit organizations—the ballet has become a creative pillar of the community. An average of 23,000 audience members flock to see their productions each year, marveling at masterworks such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake. In addition to their classical credentials, the company also gracefully tackles contemporary, full-length pieces featuring multi-media elements.