Applause! is hot, hot, hot |

Applause! is hot, hot, hot

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

BRECKENRIDGE – Teresa Moen’s says salsa dancing, a pastime she will teach guests at Rum, Rumba and Rubies, is impossible to do wrong.”You just move your hips and smile,” she said.Applause!, the fundraising arm for the Breckenridge Music Institute, presents its largest fundraiser of the year, Rum, Rumba and Rubies, on Aug. 13 at Copper Mountain Resort. Last year’s event, Denim and Diamonds, held at Keystone Resort, sold out.

This year’s gala features a four-course dinner, silent and live auctions and two Latin dance teams, dance lessons and a dance band, Tina Marx and the Millionaires.”What really makes it special is all the little touches,” said Carol Barrons, assistant treasurer of Applause!. “The decor, the music and the dance are going to be fabulous.”Moen and her husband, Roger will teach basic salsa dance steps while Rick and Donna Chapman teach basic rumba.

“Rumba is a slow, romantic, kind of flirty type music,” Donna Chapman said. “It’s a very easy dance to learn. The rhythm of the music gets everyone’s attention. It makes you want to get up and dance. That’s why salsa and all of that is so popular right now.”When guests aren’t dancing, they can bid on silent auction items, which include the original watercolor for the 2004 Breckenridge Music Festival by local artist Lana McCleary, dinner with BMI orchestra maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann, a champagne concert with the orchestra for 20 people, a package featuring Denver museums and theaters, a private presentation of the humorous and erotic vignettes of “The Vagina Monologues” by local actors, a snowcat tour and dinner at Copper Mountain and golf packages from Arizona to Florida.”We try to make them things you couldn’t just go buy,” Barrons said.

Tickets to the event are $100 and may be purchased by calling (970) 453-8376. The event begins at 6 p.m.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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