Just two shopping days until Christmas! For all of you holiday shopping procrastinators with Bostonian dancers or dance aficionados on your shopping lists, don’t panic! Sit back, have a glass of egg nog, and take a gander at this list of gift ideas we’ve got for you…
Tickets to a Show: There’s so much great dance to see in Boston in the winter and spring – check out Celebrity Series’ dance offerings, which include tap king Savion Glover and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and World Music/CRASHarts dance performances, including Nicholas Leichter Dance in January. If your giftee is more in the mood for some local moves, check out upcoming 2011 shows by Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet. Tickets to all of these performances and more are available now and range from $25-65.
Free Classes: Any dancer will tell you that taking regular classes to practice his or her art gets very expensive. At Cambridge’s The Dance Complex on Mass Ave., you can give the gift of dance with a gift certificate good for class or rehearsal space. Certificates are available in amounts up to $50 (plus a $5 processing fee) for in-person pickup at The Dance Complex or by mail, and they never expire (so no worries if your giftee isn’t able to roll off the couch for weeks after gorging on the obligatory Christmas feast). Gift Certificates are also available at Springstep in Medford.
Moves in the Movies: There are a lot of fabulous dance movies out there, from Singin’ in the Rain to Strictly Ballroom to Center Stage. An Amazon.com Listmania! search for dance movies will help you make your picks if you’re not familiar with the genre, or you could just go with the newest offering, Step Up 3 ($15.99 at Amazon.com).
Play Dance: Movement recognition video games like Wii, XBOX 360 Kinect and Playstation Move have revolutionized dance video gaming. Featuring choreographed dance moves, games like Just Dance 2 and Dance Central (from local gamemakers Harmonix who brought Rock Band to music lovers) will test your skill, keep you in shape, and help your giftee crown the Dancing Queen in his or her family or circle of friends ($35-50 at Amazon.com)
Dance Fashion: For those ladies who love Bloch’s dance footwear, whether it’s ballet slippers or jazz sneakers, a pair of comfy and stylish ballet flats to wear outside the studio will be just the ticket ($90-150 at Zappos.com).
Dance Donation: Finally, for the dance lover who has everything, how about making a donation to a great dance organization in his or her name? Donations can be made to Boston Dance Alliance, a non-profit that advocates for dance and dancers in the Boston area, at www.bostondancealliance.org.