Lake Lure, N.C. (Vocus) May 15, 2010
"This will go down as one of the coolest things I've ever done," exclaimed Weekend TODAY Anchor Jenna Wolfe as she emerged from the still-frigid spring waters of Firefly Cove in Lake Lure, N.C. after recreating the famous Dirty Dancing “lift” scene. Wolfe and her Weekend TODAY crew were on assignment covering the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway when she asked to make a detour into Lake Lure to visit the home of Dirty Dancing, where the classic movie was filmed.
Lyle Laney of the Asheville Ballet Company filled the role of Johnny Castle and jumped into the cold lake first while Wolfe panicked after realizing just how unseasonably cold the water was. John Cloud, owner of the Firefly Cove Development (once the Boys Scout Camp where most of Dirty Dancing was filmed) playfully reminded Wolfe that the water was equally cold during the original, late-fall filming of "the lift" scene over 20 years ago.
After much hesitation and coercing from the crew and spectators, Wolfe finally jumped in the water to perform three takes of the lift with Laney. In true Dirty Dancing form, Wolfe and Laney’s lift practice ended with an accidental swan dive into the lake -- identical to the one seen in the movie.
Weekend TODAY Associate Producer Kate Billman was elated with Wolfe’s performance, saying she "fulfilled every girl's dream of wanting to be Jennifer Grey.”
The Weekend TODAY visit to Lake Lure, which is scheduled to air on May 16, coincides with the much anticipated announcement of the “Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure” scheduled for September 17-18 hosted by Lake Lure’s Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce. Attendees will have the chance to fulfill every girl’s dream of wanting to be Jennifer Grey by dancing in these waters for play and fun competition.
About The Dirty Dancing Festival At Lake Lure, N.C.:
No one puts Baby in a corner... and no one will ever forget the magic that Baby and Johnny shared on the dance floor. Channel your inner Baby or Johnny at the first annual "Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure." Set against the film's original, breathtaking backdrop, the festival will celebrate and raise money for dance and the arts in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
Whether you have two left feet or can dance circles around the best of us, this eventful weekend is dance-packed from lessons and games to competitions and entertainers. Hosted by the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce in Lake Lure, N.C., don't miss this exclusive opportunity to remember a treasured film, raise money for a noble cause and dance the night away! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.dirtydancingfestival.com or call the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce at 877-625-2725.