WHAT: “Zelda and Scott Loved Dance” benefit
WHERE: Homewood Estate, 19 Zillicoa St., Asheville
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 13, 8-11:00 p.m.
WHY: The Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, started 36 years ago as the first modern dance school in Asheville, is gearing up for a Fitzgerald flapper-themed fundraiser party destined to be the cat’s meow. Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald loved the region, and this 1920s-style fundraiser celebrating modern dance will also celebrate this cosmopolitan couple. “The Fitzgeralds were attached to Asheville, and since Zelda passed away in a hospital fire here, we are holding the fundraiser near the site of the original Highland Hospital,” notes Giles Collard, co-director of the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Don’t worry if you have two left feet, either. Basic classes in The Charleston, the Black Bottom and swing dancing will “help people be comfortable asking each other to dance,” says Collard. ACDT will also perform excerpts from some of its performances, such as original ballet “Zelda” and Josephine Baker’s “La Sauvage Noire.” In addition to dance, partiers will be entertained by pianist Chris Zhang and the Warren Gaughan Trio, a jazz ensemble.
Enjoy French wines, Champagne and local beers with heavy hors d’oeuvres and bid at the silent auction, featuring original artwork, massages and the coup de grâce: a one-week vacation in a colonial home in Mérida, Mexico, with access to a beach house. Be sure to dress up in period attire, which will earn you one free drink at the speakeasy bar.
Tickets for this event are $30 at the door/$25 in advance, and may be purchased at BeBe Theatre or through ACDT at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-2621. Profits from the event will support the theater’s travel, lodging, press, costuming and international exchange programs. — Michael McDonald