Requiring no tools or instruments, dance is both the earliest human art form and the easiest one to teach a cat. See its evolved form with this GrouponLive deal to see Ballet Folklórico de Antioquia, Colombia at The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg. For $27, you get one ticket for orchestra seating on Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m. (a $54 value).
With more than 20 years' experience that has led to successes such as winning a gold medal at the Stylized Folk Olympics and performing at the Beijing Olympics, the Ballet Folklórico de Antioquia, Colombia showcases the traditional dances of its home country with a dazzling displays of color and movement. Dancers dress in vibrant costumes influenced by pre-Colombian civilizations and early-modern rural communities. High-energy dances include the flashy courtship displays of the cumbia and mapalé, as well as the intricately formal joropo, accompanied by the syncopated drums and playful flutes characteristic of Colombia's Latin-African fusion music. The Mahaffey elegantly houses the show in a modern, glass-lined space that offers arriving visitors panoramic views of the bay and early warning of reptilian monsters rising out of the water.
The Mahaffey Theater
Just minutes from downtown's bustling shops and overlooking the glassy waters of Tampa Bay, The Mahaffey Theater's picturesque building hosts some of Florida's most entertaining art and performance offerings. Originally built in 1965, the renovated building's floor-to-ceiling glass façade pierces the night with softly glowing light, cordially inviting patrons inside and awakening desires in moths that can never be fulfilled. The box-style seating of the theater ensures clear sightlines for all patrons, and its excellent acoustics make the venue suitable for both thunderous rock bands and delicate chamber ensembles.