The Dance Theatre Northwest will host their Hollywood Gala Dinner and Auction at the Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel, 2611 East E Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The Champagne reception will take place at 5 pm, the first silent auction will close at 6:15 pm, dinner will take place at 7 pm, the live auction will take place at 7:40 pm, and the dance at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $50 or $350 for a table seating 8. Sponsorships are available.
Proceeds from this event will provide Dance Theatre Northwest the opportunity to continue community outreach through “Art Inspires Art” performances in area retirement homes and community venues. Proceeds from this event will also help provide “Arts Are Education” performances in area schools; low cost & free tickets to Dance Theatre’s Northwest formal performances; to help pay guest and artist fees; the ability to provide formal concerts; to be able to perform at fairs and festivals, to fund dance tuition assistance, scholarships and internships; increase youth development in a drug and alcohol free activity and continue to provide excellent role models for youth in the community. Dance Theatre’s dance programs teach discipline and each student in earning better grades, with enhanced fitness and mental growth.
Items for both live and silent auction, advertising and event sponsorships are still being sought. Some of the auction items include: Trips to the African Safari, Dominican Republic, New York City, and other items including: gift baskets and gift cards, a specialty coffee maker, a historical quilt, fine jewelry, services for massage and beauty, a day at the lake, wine tasting, dinners, Garmin GPS and IPOD.
Melanie Kirk-Stauffer, artistic director and founder for Dance Theater Northwest, explained the history of the 501-(C)-3 Non-Profit Organization, “The organization was founded informally in 1983 and incorporated in 1986…Was a professional ballet dancer and jazz dancer professionally and just doing performances in the community at different community fairs and festivals for instance, the American Heart Association and other organizations. We did the emerald city marathon in Seattle…warmed up runners. We used to do race run ups for the Sound to Narrows. Tacoma Farmer’s Market, University Place festival, Proctor’s Famer’s Market, Puyallup Farmer’s market…we’ve done outdoor stages at all of those (raised money and did two to three hour shows) and had artists from New York and international artists.
We do a lot of community service and performance outreach in the greater Tacoma, University Place, and Pierce County area…Outreach past Pierce County such as: Kitsap County, Thurston, King, and Mason. We have even performed at the Everett Performing Arts Center however; we target the greater Tacoma area. We are based in University Place two blocks outside the city limits of Tacoma…Been around 25 years our mission is to: provide high quality ballet based American, contemporary, and classical dance performance and ballet based education and offer communities in the Pacific Northwest the opportunity to experience dance as an important art form. All of our performances have a narrative so that we talk about what we’re performing, a background, work with other arts organizations. For example, we performed at the Museum of Glass. I did a choreographed original dance performance to express my interpretation of some of the pieces at the museum. We offer performances and classes and a very large adult dance program. A corresponding youth program, professional dancers, and we have guest performers and junior dance ensemble. Student guests perform at our different area shows and our performances incorporate classical ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater.”
When asked about the dress attire, Melanie replied, “Well, it’s Hollywood…wear anything you want…formal or Charlie Chaplain…John Wayne…whoever they want….Marilyn Monroe.”
Melanie shared what she thought of the same event that took place last year, “We really had fun; a lot of calls the following week that bought tables or sponsored that thought it was really, really great…Really fun event and wonderful party. A lot of people bought trips and liked the auction items and we’re doing it at a bigger facility and have more fun and added a dance this year. This year we’ll have a small dance floor. People that wanna dance there will be a DJ at 8:30 pm. People were really dressed up.”
Melanie discussed the best thing about the event, “That it’s a really fun way to raise monies and that people get something for their contributions. It’s such a win-win thing. People have fun and get all these auction items and Dance Theatre Northwest benefits at the same time and we can turn around and do our arts performances in schools, nursing homes, retirement centers, and we can stay alive and continue.
I think every arts organization has to fundraise to continue to run its programs. We are set apart from the dance organizations that do a lot of community service. We have a lot of people that volunteer and wanna have live arts in Tacoma and dance. We’re performing in retirement and nursing homes in costume and done arts education performances in area schools and at community events.”
Melanie mentioned what many people may not know about the Dance Theatre Northwest in general, “We are very family oriented; we strive to produce many events that are free and open to the public as well as formal concerts. Me; besides being an artist, choreographer, costume designer, and graphic designer; I’m also into wellness and holistic health.”
Melanie also talked about how the event was unique compared to other events, “People don’t get that many opportunities to dress up as their favorite Hollywood star and go have a party in a formal atmosphere. It’s not black tie but I don’t think anybody was wearing their jeans last year.”
When asked who she recommended attend the event, Melanie replied, “Let’s see, it’d be nice if we could get someone supporting the art that wanted to come and look at our auction items and bid on African safari…or…plane trips…or…other things we’re offering. Bring some friends and they could buy a whole table. The price is great…dinner and champagne for $50. A person will have a fun night out to dance for a good cause.” When asked if she recommended her family and friends to the event, Melanie responded, “Age 16 and older. The most important is to be able to continue offering “Art inspires Art;” a program that I developed and choreographed contemporary ballet and performed at retirement centers and at the Tacoma Dome; this weekend I will be talking about art from the Glass Museum and composer Gary Eskow for some of the Art inspires Art dance pieces.” For more information or to order tickets, please visit: www.dancetheatrenorthwest.org or call: 253 778-6534.