PARTICIPATE IN THE DIRTY DANCING FESTIVAL
Best Dressed Character Look-Alike Contest
How big of a "Dirty Dancing" film fanatic are you? Well this is the year to show us! Come to the festival on Saturday dressed as your favorite cast member from the movie and you could take home a prize. We can't wait to lay eyes on your best Baby, Johnny, Penny, Lisa, Vivian, Robbie, Billy, and the many others. Be creative: makeup, costumes, wigs, and props are all welcome!
Judging will randomly occur throughout the day and top look-alikes will be selected to the final vote on the main stage.
COUPLES SHAG COMPETITION
Show off your fancy footwork at the Dirty Dancing Festival's Couples Shag Competition! During the morning hours on Saturday, step and twirl to the rhythm of beach music and learn how to "Carolina Shag" from musical artist and dance instructor Natalie Foreverland. Lessons are conducted in 30-minute sessions from 9 am to 12 pm.
Sign up to shag your way onto the main stage to participate in the DJ's Choice Couples Contest.
Contestants can SIGN UP throughout the morning under the shag lessons tent on a first come, first serve basis. Prizes will be given to the final three couples in each category.
KELLERMAN'S FESTIVAL TALENT SHOW
Come and take the lessons, get ready for the stage, and be a part of the movie experience with the Kellerman's Festival Talent Show. Returning for the 3rd year, the Asheville Ballet will incorporate festival fans into the final dance performance of the day.
The process is simple... attend the morning of the festival and take the dance lessons conducted by the Asheville Ballet. Earn a spot up on the stage with the assistance of two dance captains. Beginning with Lisa's Iconic Hula dance and ending with the Kellerman's Anthem, come and join us for the time of your life!
Let the ballet know you want in on the show at the festival. Talent show rehearsals will be conducted under the Gazebo by the lake starting at 2:45 pm before the main performance.
LAKE LIFT COMPETITION, 5:00 PM
Determined participants will attempt the famous lift scene from Dirty Dancing. Couples will enter the water and have two practice lifts before making the third try count.
The final lift is judged by how long the lifter holds their partner in the air and the partner holds the position of "Baby", with their arms out, legs up and toes pointed. Spectators are encouraged to come and watch this challenging, yet humorous competition and cheer them on.
Sign up for the Lake Lift Competition on the day of the event under the Admissions tent. Sign up is first come, first serve.
The Lake Lift will be held at The Beach at Lake Lure!
Tricks & Tips for the Perfect "Dirty Dancing" Lift
In the 1987 romantic film, the entire plot of the movie led up to this one scene. It is the triumphant ending and even “People Magazine” declared it “one of the most iconic dance moves in history!”
While the Lake Lift Competition is often a comedy of errors, here are tips for the ultimate lift from Ann Dunn of the Asheville Ballet & Dance Company to be sure you don’t become another blooper: