Performing animals have long been a source of entertainment for vacationing humans, just as synchronized swimmers have long been a source of comedy for vacationing dolphins. Feast your eyes on theatrical fauna with today's Groupon: for $17, you get one child or adult ticket (a $25 value for adults, $12.50 value for children ages 3–12) and a backstage tour (a $10 value) at The Dancing Horses Theatre in Delavan, near Lake Geneva (up to a $35 total value). Children 2 and younger are always admitted free. This Groupon is good for any show through January 15.
The Dancing Horses Theatre enlists a team of experienced equestrians, who have cut their teeth at Ringling Bros. Circus and Universal Studios Orlando, to delight spectators with performances of equine grace. Ponies prance through a 300-seat, climate-controlled arena in the theatre's current show, Christmas Magic—a hall-decking spectacle of carefully constructed choreography, adorable animal costuming, and classical holiday music. Among the oats-driven vignettes, a Christmas ballerina horse charms with elegant movements, and Prancer the Reindeer greets guests and dispels rumors about Rudolph’s secret denim nose. An exotic-bird show, delights audiences' eyes with roller-skating, basketball playing, and singing parrots, with a special appearance by Echo from America’s Got Talent. Afterward, guests meander behind the spectacular scenes with a backstage tour. Trainers give a short presentation on the horse-training process before leading crowds to the stables to meet, pet, and create a secret handshake with the hoofed performers.
The Dancing Horses Theatre
Recurring dreams can often be brief and haunting. But 6 miles west of Lake Geneva at a large theater in the center of 40 acres of wooded trails, Dana Montana happily watches her lifelong dream unfold. Here, she takes center stage to introduce up to 300 guests to her beloved purebred Arabian horses that majestically trot out to join her. They entertain audiences alongside expert acrobatic performers and trainers, whose resumés include stints with the Ringling Bros. Circus, Walt Disney World, and Arabian Nights.
Garbed in sparkling bridles and feather-plumed headdresses, the magnificent steeds wow the crowd with dazzling footwork and quotes from Shakespeare’s lesser-known horse plays. After the horse show concludes, bird fans and budding ornithologists can enjoy an exotic bird show.
5065 Hwy. 50
Delavan, Wisconsin 53115