A poignant dance performance can bring even the most emotionless person to tears and the most dedicated mannequin to life. Let movement move you with today’s Groupon: for $28, you get two tickets to “Dances from the Heart” presented by Dance Chicago at the Athenaeum Theatre on Tuesday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m. (a $56 value). Seating is first come, first served.
Now in its 18th season, Dance Chicago, whose performances have recently been praised by the Chicago Tribune and TimeOut Chicago, melds layers of disparate dance styles in “Dances from the Heart,” a Valentine’s Day showcase. Significant others can sit side by side or cheek tattoo to cheek tattoo while participating troupes sway through pieces rooted in genres such as Irish, tap, urban, and Mexican folkloric, all of which revolve around the evening's theme of passion. The show also showcases popular acts that have participated in Dance Chicago in the last 15 years, including champion groovers Tommye Giacchino and Gregory Day and a 38-dancer piece choreographed by Kate Jablonski, who primed her talent on Broadway and in music videos. In addition to sating optic appetites with spectacular choreography, audience members can treat sweet teeth to complimentary Valentine’s Day chocolates distributed in the Athenaeum’s Curtain Call Club by a squadron of airborne cupids wearing chefs hats.