Shake-A-Leg Miami plans 25th anniversary event

The event will take place at the former Coast Guard seaplane base that is now Shake-A-Leg Miami’s headquarters.

Shake-A-Leg Miami, a non-profit that works with people in a marine environment who have physical, developmental and economic challenges, will host its first event Oct. 29 to celebrate 25 years of community involvement.

Shake-A-Leg Miami’s 25th Anniversary “Art of Sail” — presented by Badia Spices — will take place at the former Coast Guard seaplane base that is now Shake-A-Leg Miami’s headquarters. The nautical event will feature art, fashion, music, design and water.

European fashion designer Jens Werner has designed creative and exclusive garments for the event from recycled sails. Sailors with disabilities and community members will model them.

“I create fashion that performs. The essence of sportswear is offering the wearer the highest comfort, functionality and the best fit,” Werner said in a statement. “With the fashion show we are planning for Shake-A-Leg Miami, I want to not just give something back. I want to be part of something bigger that is possible with these combined forces.”

Werner, Robert Lupone and Bernie Telsey, of the Off Broadway Manhattan Class Company Theater, have collaborated to present the story of Shake-A-Leg Miami through fashion and theater, showcasing a runway show in a non-traditional theater format. A play, written by Werner, casted by Telsey and directed by Lupone, will be performed the night of the event as a tribute to Shake-A-Leg Miami.

David McCauley, a mixed media artist and the founder of Rise Up Gallery, will exhibit art pieces from his trip from Miami to Maine on Shake-A-Leg Miami’s accessible 60-foot catamaran, Impossible Dream.

During the trip McCauley invited artists at each port to create artwork unitizing repurposed canvas from the jib sail. The art pieces will be exhibited during the celebration, where they will be auctioned to support the like-minded missions of Shake-A-Leg Miami, Rise Up Gallery and the Impossible Dream.

The Shake-A-Leg Miami “Art of Sail” tickets are $300 and open to the public.