Diablo Ballet presents its 3rd annual PAWS de Tutu dog festival on June 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Lafayette Reservoir. Dog owners and dog lovers are invited to join and celebrate all things dogs while raising money for a great cause.
Registered guests will be treated to the popular dog costume competitions, along with demos by the Contra Costa Sherriff’s K-9 unit, a DOGA (Dog Yoga) demo by Molly Fox and a dog training demo by Oh Behave! Dog Training. The main event is the popular dog costume competition, along with dog adoptions by ARF and Rocket Dog Rescue, performances by STARS 2000’s cast of Legally Blonde The Musical, plus many vendors, snacks, and coffee provided by Don Francisco’s.
Premiere Sponsors of the event are Forma Gym Walnut Creek and Intero Real Estate Services. Additional sponsors and vendors include Walnut Creek Magazine, 92.1 KKDV Radio, Don Francisco’s Coffee, 21st Century Sounds, Clif Bar, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Petsport, Hunks that Haul Junk, Camp Bow Wow and Pet Food Express.
Dog owners are invited to dress up their dogs and enter the dog costume competitions – solo competition (one dog in costume) or group competition (multiple dogs in costume). The top three will win great prizes provided by Pet Food Express. Diablo Ballet dancer, Amanda Farris, will be in costume to pose for pictures with guests.
All proceeds from PAWS de Tutu benefit Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Program (Performing Arts Education & Enrichment for Kids), the only arts education program of its kind offered by a professional dance company in the Bay Area. PEEK provides in-school movement curriculum and free dance performances to students and families in under-served areas who have few opportunities to participate in the arts. In 2015, Diablo Ballet extended the program to provide arts education to teenagers incarcerated within the Contra Costa County juvenile justice system.
Anyone interested in attending should register online at www.diabloballet.org as participation is limited. Admission is only $10 per person. The fee to enter the costume competition is $20 per person which includes admission. All registered guests receive a goodie bag filled with sponsor coupons, dog treats, and snacks.
About Diablo Ballet
For 24 years, Diablo Ballet has been the award-winning, professional dance company for Contra Costa County. Presenting acclaimed classical and contemporary ballets, the company is committed to exposing youth to the arts through its renowned PEEK Outreach Program, reaching over 68,000 under-served schoolchildren in Alameda and Contra Costa counties since 1995. In addition, Diablo Ballet has served at-risk teenage girls incarcerated within the Juvenile Justice System since 2015.