Dancers Highlight History to Re-create Historical Dinner Party

 

Goodwood Plantation holds benefit featuring the Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee Dancers

Tallahassee, FL – It felt like it was the 1930s again. Guests crowded in the Jubilee House of Goodwood Museum and Plantation, sipping wine, and speaking of older times as five young ballerinas entered the room in detailed tutus and precise ballet buns. The dancers from Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee were invited by the museum staff to perform for a dinner party benefitting the museum.

According to Susan Gunter, a volunteer at Goodwood, the benefit was held to help raise funds for the museum. “We want to re-create the dinner parties that Senator Hodges used to hold in the 1930s,” said Gunter. “Back then, he used to invite dancers from FSCW [Florida State College for Women] to come perform. They were the entertainment for all of his dinner guests and the highlight of the evening.”

Over 70 years later, Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee was the highlight of the evening as guests were transported back in time to feel like they were at one of Senator Hodges’ dinner parties. The dancers, part of the Center’s Company Etudes, danced exquisitely around the Jubliee House to a hushed and captivated audience.  Patrons watched intently as the dancers leaped and twirled, then exploded into gracious applause as the dancers finished. 

There were approximately 44 guests at the benefit, as the $500-a-plate fundraiser helped raise over $20,000 for the museum. Performing Arts Center was thrilled to be a part of this event to help such a wonderful cause. The five young ballerinas performing that evening were Tori Bulecza, Claire Gunter, Savannah Heath, Emma Sanz, and ColbyAnn Smith. For more information about Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee visit http://www.pactdance.com.

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One response to “Dancers Highlight History to Re-create Historical Dinner Party

  1. I would love to have been a fly on the wall back in the 30s (and before) at Goodwood. It is so great that our dancers had an opportunity to be part of helping sustain it in 2011!

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