You don’t have to wear a poodle skirt to win this dance contest. The Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center is sponsoring 12 hours of belly dancing, contra, salsa dancing and much more, all to benefit BMCM+AC.
Feb. 4 seems like months away (okay, it is), but it’s never too early to get a team together. Dancers of all ages and levels are encouraged to grab some friends and dance all night. Sixteen genres of dance lessons will be available, including funk, hip-hop and tango. The variations are endless.
The key is to raise some money and have some fun. The contest is like a walk-a-thon, where participants ask friends and family to pledge funds in advance. Groups are required to dance for the full 12 hours, although teams can swap out dancers. If you have any energy after ten hours of dancing, a DJ dance party will start at 10 p.m. and go until midnight.
Individuals can dance for as many or as few hours as they want and the BMCM+AC will match up solo dancers with teams beforehand. Each participant must raise at least $65 and individuals are encouraged to raise $100 or more. The dance-a-thon will run from 11:59 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
“Whether a beginner or seasoned dancer, the Asheville Dance-A-Thon! invites you to dip your toes into completely different styles of dance. Dance away with new knowledge, excitement and the confidence to keep on dancing,” says the dance-a-thon’s website.
Photo: Belly dancer instructor Mahsati Janan