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What You'll Get
Dance is not only a beautiful art form but also a beautiful way for teens to stay out of street rumbles. Get some direction with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $89 for a five-day Fairytale Princess, Hip Hop Kidz, Hip Hop Crew, Jazz it Up!, Mini Jazz Fest, or Pop Star Party! day camp ($180 value)
- $139 for a six-day Jazz Fest or Junior Jazz Fest day camp ($350 value)
- $75 for seven weeks of summer dance classes ($150 value)
- $125 for a five-day Aspiring Dancer workshop ($275 value)
- See the summer class details and schedule
Dancing en Pointe: How Coca-Cola Leads to Elegance
If the shoes on the feet of expert dancers look beat up, it's not just from hours of dancing. Find out why toe shoes take such a beating with Groupon's close look.
The ballerina is weightless as she takes to one toe, supporting all 26 delicate bones in her foot on an inch-wide platform. She is silent as she jumps from fifth position, beats her legs and pointed feet midair, and lands back in fifth with her feet reversed. Though these moves appear effortless, they are anything but. The ballerina’s ability to execute en pointe arabesques and entrechats is not simply the culmination of years of practice—it also depends on the work of a shoemaker who trained for more than two years to master the 11-step construction process. The dancer then bought the shoes for about $90, sewed the ribbons on, and broke in the shoes with a DIY toolkit of mallets, screwdrivers, lighters, and dental floss. She made sure the soles (or "shanks") were supple; repeatedly slammed the shoes in a doorway to make them quieter on stage; and coated the toe platform with rosin, detergent, or even Coca-Cola to prevent her feet from slipping. She did all this in hopes of getting the maximum possible use out of this pair: about 12 hours of wear.
The elaborate rituals ballerinas perform on their satin slippers would shock the ballet dancers who twirled for Italian court in the 16th century. Pointe shoes developed around the early 19th century, when ballerinas needed flatter heels and more flexible soles to accommodate flashy new leaps previously performed only by men and trained lemurs. Today, dancers take their first steps en pointe once their feet are fully developed around age 12, building up the extreme muscle strength and sound alignment they need to perform multiple fouetté turns and the grace they need to make it look easy.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for clients active within the past 6 month(s). Must sign waiver. Younger than 16 must have guardian-signed waiver. Registration required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. There is no registration fee. Limited class sizes, register now for best selection. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.