Beyond facilitating twirling, toe shoes are useful for shirking rollercoaster height requirements, squashing fire ants, and making handstands more challenging. Catch some en pointe action the way it was meant to be with today's Groupon: one ticket to the "Arts in Concert" show by Ballet Arkansas. Choose from four ticket and date options:
- $12 for one prime-seat ticket for Saturday, October 23, at 7 p.m. (a $25 value for adults, a $20 value for children)
- $7 for one side-seat ticket for Saturday, October 23, at 7 p.m. (a $15 value)
- $12 for one prime-seat ticket for Sunday, October 24, at 3 p.m. (a $25 value for adults, a $20 value for children).
- $7 for one side-seat ticket for Sunday, October 24, at 3 p.m. (a $15 value)
Ballet Arkansas, a non-profit company founded in 1978, stages three major performances a year. This year's "Arts in Concert" show will combine classical music performed by the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, magnificent choreography, and stunning art into a mind-bendingly masterful display of human rhythm. The highly trained company will perform a piece called Pressing On, choreographed by Kiesha Lalama-White, who Dance Magazine named one of “25 to Watch” and whose body bending moves have wowed audiences at Cirque du Soleil and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Breaking from their study of spinning top physics, the Junior Company will perform Adagio for Strings, choreographed by Arkansas native Natalie Smith. Numbers choreographed by artistic director Arleen Sugano, former Arkansas resident and ballerina at New York City Ballet Shawn Stevens, and company member Jonathan Bostick will also take the stage.
In addition to stunning sets and costumes, traditional art by local artists will be on display and for purchase. Art exhibits open one hour before showtime.
Last year, Ballet Arkansas’s inaugural season generated a lot of buzz in Little Rock, with the Arkansas Times saying:
- Ballet Arkansas's ambition for its new company and the season was evident in its first performance, in October, at the annual Arts in Concert, at Wildwood Park. – Sam Eifling, Arkansas Times
The company boasts more than 1,300 Facebook friends.