Heard it Through the Grapevine: Winemakers can Dance!
By Linda Clevenger
Thanks to Pamela Trokanski and her dance company, ten brave souls from the Sacramento Home Winemakers Club participated in a surprise flash dance at the wine club’s harvest dinner celebration at Frasinetti’s Winery and Restaurant in Sacramento on November 2, 2013. It took more than bravery for this to happen.
Pamela choreographed a dance to go with Marvin Gaye singing I Heard It Through the Grapevine. Then she gave us lessons at her workshop dance studio so we could learn the dance. It was a challenge for most of us to remember when to reach, lunge, grapevine, circle and point left or right. Even harder was not to dissolve into laughter while trying to sort out the moves.
Finally, the performance date arrived. We had a final practice at a member’s patio, then headed over to the restaurant to join our unsuspecting friends for the harvest dinner. It was fun to exchange knowing glances as our group of ten dispersed to different tables in the banquet room.
Announcements were made and then our song came on the PA system. Pamela’s dancers entered the room through a side door snapping their fingers and dancing. They wore white shirts and black pants and many people mistook them for the wait staff. We sat and watched as club members were delighted with the surprise entertainment being provided by talented trained dancers.
Then, our verse came on. As Marvin sang “believe half of what you see”, we got up, pushed our chairs back, and joined the dance. It was thrilling, confusing and a lot of fun. Many thanks for this adventure go to Pamela, her talented dancers, Patrick Fitzgibbons (PTDT Videographer) who made a video of the event (posted below) and my buddies from the wine club.
Linda Clevenger is a member of the PTDT Board of Directors and a member of the Sacramento Home Winemakers Club.