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Biltmore in Bloom: SD Vintage Dance Week, April 26-30, 2015
Biltmore Manor House
Join San Diego Vintage Dance Society, April 26-30, as we travel back in time to the Biltmore Estate for vintage dancing, costuming, parties, lectures, dancing, fabulous food, and say again, DANCING!! The Biltmore Estate, built by the Vanderbilt family, is one of the largest houses ever built in North America. In April the estate will reveal 8000 acres in full bloom. And besides the blooms, there's a special Downton Abbey costume exhibit throughout the Biltmore House. There's no place like this place! Vintage dance instructors include Richard Powers and Marc Casslar. Music for evening dances will be provided by Spare Parts. Venues for our balls will include venues on both the Estate and in historic Asheville.
Our hotel for dance week will be the fabulously quirky Grand Bohemian Hotel, located a block from the gate of the Estate. Built to suggest a 17th European hunting lodge, it will be perfect for our activities. A block of rooms is being held for us until Jan 31, 2015, at a rate of $179 per night plus tax (Sun-Thurs). Additional nights for the weekend are available for $269 per night (Fri & Sat).
Dance classes for the week will be held in the 6000sqft ballroom of the Asheville Events Center. Evening Balls will be on both the Estate and in historic Asheville: An early Downtown Abbey era dinner and ball in Deerpark Lodge on the Biltmore Estate, a Bal de Printemps at the 1913 Masonic Hall and a 1920s ball at Homewood, a castle mansion. Our last evening will be a fabulous Belle Epoque dance evening in the Grand Bohemian Ballroom. (Note: NO one, even Vanderbilt's great grandson gets to dance in the Biltmore House itself.)
We encourage attendees to come on Friday or Saturday to tour the Estate and participate in optional dance week events currently being planned. Discounts tickets for touring the Estate will be available: buy one day and get the second day a substantial discount. We also hope to have Tea somewhere on the Estate, and further information will be available soon. More optional events on the Biltmore Estate before dance week begins include 'Party like the Vanderbilts' Weekend, a series of estate-oriented vintage/costumed activities, April 24-26, arranged by Jeanette Murray (not associated with SDVDW and limited attendance available).
Grand Bohemian Ballroom
Entrance to Hotel
Deerpark Ballroom on Biltmore Estate
..1913 Asheville Masonic Lodge.....
Registration is now open. Tuition for those staying at the Grand Bohemian for dance week will be $325 before January 15. After that, tuition for those staying at the Grand Bohemian will be $395. Tuition for dance week for those NOT staying at the Grand Bohemian will be $425 before January 15 and $495 after January 15. Included in the tuition are all balls, dance classes, afterparties, lectures and dinner on Tuesday night. We hope to open registration after a couple event tweaks (sorry for hold-up). Likewise, you cannot book your hotel yet, as we haven't finalized the contract for those rates---so please don't contact them yet.
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