Runway for the Ballet Sat. Feb. 5 – A Fashion and Dance Event Benefiting NC Dance Theatre

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Dance from North Carolina Dance Theatre and fashion from Neiman Marcus unite for the fourth annual Runway for the Ballet on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Runway for the Ballet is presented by Carolinas Medical Center, the exclusive healthcare sponsor.

Runway for the Ballet moves from its previous location in the Booth Playhouse to North Carolina Dance Theatre’s new facility, the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance on North Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte. The Center for Dance features a performance venue, providing an intimate space for Runway for the Ballet.

The shows “Mid-Winter Night’s Dream” theme gives attendees a glimpse of spring fashions from sponsor Neiman Marcus, interspersed with vignettes from Dance Theatre’s popular Innovative Works. Dancers from Dance Theatre will also serve as the models for the fashion show.

CJ from 96.1 the Beat will emcee this event.

Runway for the Ballet is presented in two shows. The family-friendly matinee at 3 p.m. treats guests to a warm and inviting pre-show reception full of traditional refreshments with a twist. The evening show at 7:30 p.m. features a “night on the town” atmosphere complete with pre-show cocktails and a post-show reception including gourmet fare from Dean & Deluca.

“Runway for the Ballet continues to be one of Charlotte’s premier fashion events. It is an opportunity for the community to experience dance in a fun and exciting setting while enjoying a high-fashion event and giving back to NC Dance Theatre,” said fashion show co-chair Jennifer Matz.

NC Dance Theatre’s young professionals group, Opening Night Insiders, is organizing the event and all proceeds will benefit NC Dance Theatre. Tickets include show admission and a reception. VIP tickets are also available for both performances and include exclusive VIP seating and a walk along the red carpet.

Runway for the Ballet Details:

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011

Early Show: 3:00 PM Reception/4:00 PM Show

VIP – $45, General – $30

Late Show: 7:30 PM Cocktails/8:00 PM Show/9:00 PM Reception

VIP – $55, General – $40

Location: Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Tickets: $30-$55; Order tickets from www.ncdance.org/runwayfortheballet or call 704.372.0101

North Carolina Dance Theatre is a Charlotte-based ballet company focused on performing, inspiring and educating through artistically excellent programming. Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, NC Dance Theatre is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet to bold, contemporary works. In June 2010 NC Dance Theatre moved to the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance in Uptown Charlotte. The Center houses the Company’s administrative offices, rehearsal space and School of Dance. For more information visit ncdance.org.

North Carolina Dance Theatre is supported, in part, with operating support by the Arts & Science Council. Dance Theatre is also supported by individuals, corporations, and local and national foundations, the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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