The Heritage Dance Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that seeks to promote the performing arts in dance, theatre, and music through encouraging opportunities, presenting scholarships in the area of all performing arts, providing social dance lessons in ballroom, dance styles, and through productions in the community that benefit various charities. The Heritage Foundation seeks to cultivate excellence within the performing arts. The Heritage Dance Foundation is the largest non-profit, independent organization of its type in the US and continues to assist various professionals, amateurs, and organizers in granting scholarship funds for competition ballroom dancing as well as other related areas in the performing arts throughout the country.
The Heritage Foundation opened Top Hat Ballroom in 1992. The instructors at the Top
Hat Ballroom have been teaching competition and social ballroom since 1992. This dance studio offers private and group classes as well as competition choreography, special wedding and cotillion instruction. A youth program will begin in the fall of 2012.
In 2012, the Zwerling Performing Arts Center (ZPAC) was opened in the Acme Theatre which was restored in 2011. This restoration has incurred expenses exceeding $65,000 so far. The Zwerling Performing Arts Center serves as a theatre for smaller venues as well as a place for performing arts groups to utilize for rehearsals for many events in Wayne County. Currently, the ZPAC is in need of lighting, dressing rooms, and furniture to fulfill the needs of the community for a performing arts center. Currently, the ZPAC is home to Encore Entertainment, a local singing group and the Miss Goldsboro Scholarship Pageant.
The Heritage Foundation has been produced several projects in the performing arts to include:
“Remember the Paramount” and “Broadway at Paramount” in 2007-2008
“A Time to Dance” in 2009-2011, a regional television series
“Dancing Stars of Wayne County” in 2011 and 2012, an annual charity fundraiser event to benefit the Wayne Education Network
- Board of Directors
The Heritage Dance Foundation Board members include: Dr. Charles Zwerling, Chairman; Melissa Zwerling, Vice Chairman; Patti Troy, Artistic Director; Alexis Zwerling, Treasurer; Tiffany Thomas, Secretary. The Board of Directors include: William Hooper; Ms. Susan Nobers; and Sadie Futrell.
- Staff Members:
The Heritage Dance Foundation’s subsidiary, Top Hat Studio, contracts with Mr. Norman Hooker; Mrs. Ella Mae Hooker; Ms. Joy Williams; Mr. Carl Williams; Ms. JoAnne Barbour; and Mr. Marty Barbour as instructors . Ms. Patti Troy, a certified World Adjudicator, is the Artistic Director of the dance studio. Hailey Best, Miss North Carolina 2011 is the Director of the Acme Theatre and Jordan Ferraro is the Director of the Zwerling Performing Arts Center. Dr. Debbie Hall Grady is a retired educator and volunteer who chairs the Events & Fundraising Committee.