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Spoleto has had Charleston buzzing with excitement for weeks, and those who attended the packed opening performance of the much anticipated Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo or the gorgeous Opening Night Fete will agree that this year’s festival is off to a spectacular start.

Internationally renown all-male dance troupe Les Ballets Trockadero was founded in 1974 to present a comical perspective on traditional, classical ballet. The dance parody has taken audiences around the globe by storm, in large part because the humor and tongue-in-cheek performance is executed by inspired, devoted dancers at the pinnacle of their craft. Charleston was no exception, and the TROCKS received a standing ovation for their stunning performance.

After the final curtain call, the party-goers made their way to the Opening Night Fete in the gardens of the Spoleto Festival USA headquarters to celebrate under the stars. Guests were directed into the beautiful space by guides in ballet costumes, where they were welcomed with refreshing cocktails, decadent morsels, and live music.

The beautiful interlocking gardens had been transformed into a truly magical space, but it was the dance floor drew the most attention by the end of the night. Trockadero dancers, including Charleston native Robert Carter, joined the party and everyone hit the dance floor. Charlestonians and the TROCKS twirled, spun, and busted a move side by side in the warm Lowcountry night, making the Fete truly a sight to be seen and - more importantly - a night to be remembered.

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