About The Dirty Dancing Festival
The Dirty Dancing Festival is a non profit fundraising event managed and executed by a team of volunteers to raise awareness, support, and resources for PanCAN and the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.
The Start of The Festival
The Dirty Dancing Festival was founded in 2010 in the beautiful town of Lake Lure, North Carolina, where much of the classic film Dirty Dancing was filmed. With the support of Lionsgate Films, the blessing of Eleanor Bergstein (the original writer of the film), and several of the film's cast and crew, the event was founded by former dancer-turned-event producer Jo Beyersdorfer of JNB Events, and PR-guru Michelle Yelton of The McConnell Group. The festival kicked off with over 1,000 attendees in 2010. In 2011 JNB took over the direction of the festival, and produced the event until 2015. In 2016, JNB handed the festival over to the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge located in Lake Lure, NC making it a true, homegrown event!
The festival has grown in numbers and fame ever since and aims to not only be a large scale fundraising event in the future, but also a weekend celebration of dancing, music and our all-time favorite movie!
The Dirty Dancing Festival would like to thank The Town of Lake Lure, The Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, the North Carolina Division of Tourism, and of course all of our sponsors and fans for their continued support of the festival.
We look forward to seeing you for The Time of Your Life - for years to come!
In 2013, the Dirty Dancing Festival became an official event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)! A percentage of all ticket sales, as well as onsite fundraising efforts each year, are donated to help find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.