The holiday spirit is strong in the studios at the Midtown Arts Center. Eugene Ballet…
Now in its seventh year, our annual FUN-raising event, Table Dances, sometimes gets a little side eye on first mention. Previous patrons have described it “the best benefit event we’ve ever attended.” Let’s find out what you can expect on Saturday, March 3.
Watching a ballet performance in the Hult Center or other large venue is thrilling indeed, yet consider how much more intense that experience would be if the performance were within arm’s reach? At Table Dances, we create a unique dining experience, this year at the beautifully remodeled Eugene Country Club, where patrons share their table with two Company dancers for the evening. You’ll learn about their training, their favorite ballets and how they’re proud to be a part of the local community, some of them hailing from as far away as Japan and Puerto Rico.
“Elegant atmosphere, delicious food, interesting conversation with the bonus of being treated to performances by Eugene Ballet’s highly skilled, athletic and artistic dancers right in front of me!”
— Janice Friend, Table Dances attendee
But what about that dancing part? It’s a full evening of it! We showcase our Academy’s Youth program, our Pre-Professional and Aspirant programs, and of course, our Company’s exquisite talents. From your table, you’ll be in awe of the strength, the exertion, and the grace of our students and our Company dancers as they perform. Plus you’ll see an insider preview of our upcoming 40th anniversary season’s incredible ballets, and hear more about our special events to celebrate four decades of Eugene Ballet.
There’s more! After registration check in and locating your table in the dining room, you’ll enjoy passed appetizers and wine in the Country Club’s beautiful lobby. Our emcee—singer, radio personality and KWAX-FM’s Music Director Peter van de Graaff—will beckon you to be seated for the first course at 6:30 pm, but before you do, be sure to find an Aspirant dancer with tickets for sale to win one of our fabulous Prize Packages (see below) or our exceptional Grand Prize, a beautiful gold and diamond Michele Deco Ladies Watch (retail value $850), graciously donated by Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers. Or try your luck at our always sold-out Wine Wall, filled with wonderful varietals from area producers.
“I love this event! It’s a marvelous upscale evening with a wonderful dinner, superb entertainment and chances to win wonderful wines and more—definitely one that should not be missed. From the Academy all the way to the top professionals, the dancers’ performances provide a deeper understanding of the strength, skill, endurance and finesse required in this excellent ballet company.”
—Sharon Snow, Table Dances attendee
We’re grateful to so many partners bringing their support to this event including Seufert Winery, sponsoring our appetizer hour and dinner wines; Euphoria Chocolate Company, providing our dessert truffles, and wine truffles if you’re lucky enough to win a box at the Wine Wall; Rhythm & Blooms, creating our fantastic flower arrangements in the themes of our 2018/19 season ballets; and Food for Lane County for providing our Wine Wall bottle racks.
Ready to get up close and personal with Eugene Ballet? Then we’ll see you at this year’s Table Dances! Seating is limited! Tickets are $125 per person ($65 tax deductible) or purchase a table (six guests plus two dancers) for $1,000 ($520 tax deductible). Call Kylie Keppler at 541-485-3992 or email [email protected] to secure your seats.
2018 Prizes and the Wine Wall
We’re grateful to the following businesses and organizations supporting our 2018 Prize Packages and our Wine Wall. Win one of these amazing packages by purchasing tickets from our Aspirant dancers: $10 for one, $25 for three and $50 for 10. Blind pulls from our Wine Wall are one bottle for $25 and three bottles for $50. Tickets for a chance to win our Grand Prize from Harry Ritchie’s are $25 each.
Shopping Spree: NewTw!st, Melange, Freudian Slip, Mountain Rose Herbs Mercantile, Red Barn Grocery, Folkways
On The Town: The Barn Light, Coldfire Brewing, C’est La Vie Inn, Perugino, Pasta Plus, Claim 52 Brewing, Cornucopia, Alesong Brewing, Bijou Art Cinemas
Dining Out: Party Downtown, Rye food & drink, The Vintage, Izakaya Meiji Company, Marché Restaurant, Novo Modern Latin Table, Sabai Cafe & Bar, Oregon Electric Station
Health & Wellness: Movassaghi Plastic Surgery & Ziba Medical Spa, Barre 3 Eugene, Dr. Brick Lantz, Melanie Carlone Custom Orthotics, Denise Thomas Let’s Move Fitness Studio, Common Bond Yoga and Stop, Drop & Yoga, Sona Sproul Dentistry, SOMA Potential Physical Therapy, Yen Wellness Acupuncture
Performing Arts: Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Concert Choir, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Radio Redux, Eugene Opera, Hult Presents, The Shedd
Summer BBQ & Pool Party: Enjoy hot dogs, burgers and swimming for 20 at the home and pool of Brick and Lissy Lantz.
Wine Wall: Authentica Wines, Henry Estate, Stanton Vineyards, Euphoria Chocolate Company, Seufert Winery, Territorial Vineyards, Capitello Wines
1976 Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac: Special silent audtion, donated by Nathan and Beatrice Fendrich, one cellared bottle