Ballet trains dancers’ bodies for expression, their minds for precision, and the audience’s lungs for well-placed gasps. Catch your breath with today’s Groupon: for $27, you get one month of Creative Movement class tuition at Ballet Southwest Academy (a $55 value). Classes are designed for students ages 4–6. Equipment, including a leotard, tights, leather ballet slippers, and treats for the studio’s dancing bear, is not provided with today’s deal.
Under the guidance of experienced instructors, the youth-focused Ballet Southwest Academy transforms the pitter-patter of tiny feet into elegant pas de deux in a state-of-the-art studio. Creative Movement class acquaints tots with the basics of ballet through demonstration, imitation, and slow-motion reenactments by marionettes. For 75 minutes each week, as they twirl across the floor, pint-sized pirouetters learn ballet movements and their etymology, practicing motions such as the cappuccino-unrelated frappé. With classes of 8–10, low student-to-teacher ratios can ensure copious amounts of attention, from perfecting positions to untangling limbs from their reflections in the wall-spanning mirrors. A specially engineered dance floor reduces fatigue and helps prevent gravity-related injuries.