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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 after January 1 when the Estate announces 2015 prices. 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 currently wait-list only).
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 is $395. Tuition for dance week for those NOT staying at the Grand Bohemian is $495. Included in the tuition are all balls, dance classes, afterparties, lectures and dinner on Tuesday night.
Grand Bohemian Hotel reservations are available at (888) 717-8756 (Marriott Reservations). Be sure to tell them you're with the San Diego Vintage Dance Society, in order to get the $179 rate, Sunday through Thursday. There have been some glitches with the Friday and Saturday $269 rate, so email Haley.firstname.lastname@example.org, to book Fri and Sat.
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