Tutus and Tapas will return for a fifth year! This gala features local food and wine. In both silent and live auctions, activity packages, wine, and dining certificates will be up for bid, and you have a chance to see the Valley's only classically trained youth ballet company present repertoire for their summer 2018 trip to Italy. All proceeds benefit the Danza Classica Ballet Foundation, whose mission is to foster and advance the art of ballet in the Walla Walla Valley.
Festivities begin with complimentary tasty small bites provided by ShareSharisMeals and a complimentary glass of Amavi Cellars’ award-winning wine (or a non-alcoholic beverage). Mingle with friends and browse the themed, silent-auction baskets, or check out their marvelous wine wall. Then take a chance at the Tutu Board where your donation gets you the pick of what's behind the mini tutus on display: it could be a gift certificate at a local business or a special prize item. Enjoy the eclectic sounds of the musical duet, My Sister Linoleum, performing on stage as you sample the local culinary creations.
At 8 pm, have a seat and watch the beauty and variety of five specially choreographed dances performed by the youth dancers of the Danza Classica Ballet Company. Directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, these young ballet dancers will perform new works specially choreographed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, the Company's Artistic Director, Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti of Ballet Idaho, and Natascha Greenwalt, director of Coriolis Dance Collective in Seattle.
Mr. Thomas Beebe, their master of ceremonies, is returning for the evening to introduce the program and assist with the live auction bidding. Just a few of the exciting prizes up for bid are four tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s June production Love & Ballet in Seattle, a cheese & wine pairing for six to eight people with tour of the farm at Monteillet Fromagerie in Dayton, a six-month family pass for unlimited visits to Walla Walla Fight Factory gym and fitness center, and a season pass for two to the live cinema showings from the Royal London Opera/Ballet/Shakespeare Companies at the Gesa Power House Theatre.