Ballroom dancing is a sport as much as an art, demanding strength, flexibility, and the burning need to show football-loving fathers that ballroom dancing is a sport. Catch athletic artistry with this GrouponLive deal to see Burn the Floor at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. For $25, you get one ticket for seating in rows L–RR or AAA–JJJ on Saturday, April 21 (a $55 value). Choose between the 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows.
Burn the Floor's sharp-footed rug-cutters tear up the stage with an evening of kinetic, international-style ballroom dance. Sequined costumes and swirling dresses accentuate athletic routines as they move between flashy group numbers and intense duets designed to push the same buttons as Dancing with the Stars —though Entertainment Weekly noted that the show "elevates the art beyond what's possible on television" with "storytelling and pacing worthy of any Broadway musical." Waltzes exhibit European elegance, American swing medleys channel the energetic optimism of the postwar years, and smoldering sambas raise the room temperature, quickening pulses and satisfying the dancers' debt to a shadowy air-conditioning magnate.
The Paramount Theatre frames the exhilarating motion in Venetian–style, beaux-arts brilliance. Exquisitely ornamented walls set off colorful murals, including a grand ceiling featuring a sun-like chandeliers and blue-painted sky, making the whole theater feel open to the heavens but not their nosy birds.
23 E Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506