Without dance, people could only hum along to “Macarena,” and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Watch as movements speak with this GrouponLive deal to see the Anchorage Ballet’s performance of Aurora: A Tale of Northern Lights at Sydney Laurence Theatre. For $42, you get two tickets for orchestra seating (up to an $84.50 value, including all fees). Choose from the following showtimes:
- Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m.<p>
A ballet adaptation of Mindy Dwyer’s book of the same title, Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights follows a young Alaskan girl and a small herd of caribou as they journey across the tundra. Throughout the performance, they frolic among blueberries and flowers, pausing to meet dancers clothed in vibrant colors and reapply bug repellant. A lushly painted set backdrops this tale of the origins of aurora borealis and discovering one’s inner courage.
As adapted from the book, Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights by Mindy Dwyer, copyright 1997, used by permission of Alaska Northwest Books/Graphic Arts Publishing Company
The Anchorage Ballet and its academy have been preserving the art of classical dance since 1997 through a well-rounded curriculum based on the Russian Vaganova method, and has prepared young dancers for international careers with the American Ballet Theatre, the Kirov Academy, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and The Juilliard School. Each student is placed into the appropriate level of classes—which include pointe and pas de deux—according to age, talent, attitude, and musicality. It is through these classes, seasonal performances, and summer camps that the school’s skilled teachers and guest instructors teach ballerinas to harmonize the entire body’s movements, creating expressive leaps and pirouettes via Vaganova’s vision. The academy partners with the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Atwood Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts to help bring ballet to Alaska’s arts community and particularly limber polar bears. The academy won the 2010 award for outstanding arts organization at the Mayor’s Arts Award ceremony.