With warmer weather finally arrived in South Jersey after a long winter, the Brigantine Cultural Arts Commission wants to wake residents out of hibernation with an afternoon of ballroom dancing.

The event, "An Afternoon in Vienna," will offer music, dancing and food, and give residents a reason to "tap their toes and set their mojo free," Cultural Arts Commissioner Joanne Price said.

The event will be held April 27 at The Links golf club in Brigantine.

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Special guest will be international ballroom dance instructor Peter Kadel and his dance partner, Mary Brown, from Pennsylvania. They will demonstrate a variety of ballroom dance styles, featuring the Viennese waltz and the polka. Kadel will talk about the history of the dances, and the pair will provide instruction before inviting audience participation.

The event is a follow-up to a program the Arts Commission did this past winter when it hosted a musical performance from the Philadelphia International Music Festival. The program went over so well that the commission decided to do another event, but this time, instead of music, they decided to showcase dancing.

"It is going to be a lively and beautiful afternoon for anyone who loves dance," Price said. "The Cultural Arts Commission has never had a program on ballroom dance but have often thought of doing it. The right circumstances came together, the time was right and here we are."

In addition to the program, a plated meal comes with the price of the ticket. Attendees have a choice of a chicken dish, a salmon dish or a vegetarian dish, and all come with salad, rolls and butter, fountain drinks and dessert.

Anyone wishing to attend should make their reservations as soon as possible, as a big crowd is expected, the organizers said.

The Cultural Arts Commission sponsors a variety of educational and cultural programs throughout the year, Price said. One of its newer projects is a community theater group called The Lighthouse Theater of Brigantine Beach, set to debut its first production in July.

The group's new brochure, which outlines the calendar for fall 2014 through summer 2015, will be available in various public places on the island shortly after Labor Day.

The next event will be a Summer Fine Arts Festival at the island's Historical Museum from June 22 through July 13. Brigantine artists are invited to showcase two of their original pieces of visual art. The show is not juried, and some of the work will be available for sale.

Contact Lucia C. Drake:

609-272-7295; LDrake@pressofac.com

If you go

What: Afternoon in Vienna

Where: The Links golf club, 1075 North Shore Drive, Brigantine

When: April 27. Cash bar opens 1:30 p.m., program begins 2 p.m.

Tickets: $30, includes performance and meal

Information: Reservations are required, no ticket sales at the door unless seating is available

Contact: Pam at 609-266-3808 or Jane Ann at 609-266-9139

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