School of American Ballet: Winter Ball

School of American Ballet: Winter Ball. Lincoln Center, NY. Photo Cr © 2016 Erin Baiano ( All Rights Reserved.

There is no better way to start the week off with great energy presented by a wonderful charity event. Even though the weather seems to be warming up quicker than expected, on March 14, the 2016 annual Winter Ball was hosted at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.

When legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein established the School of Ballet, in 1934, it became the official training academy for classical ballet students who have graduated to work in elite ballet companies world-wide.

That said, the only way to maintain world-class studios, enhance the extraordinary ballet training experience, support of faculty, and the student scholarship programs are to continuously host exceptional events such as and similar to the Winter Ball.

Guests had the opportunity to mingle and take pictures during the cocktail hour in the foyer of Lincoln Center while admiring the latest beautiful timeless creations from legendary French Jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels – the main sponsor of the black-tie dinner dance event for the ninth consecutive year.

Inspired by the Northern Lights, designer Ron Wendt used rich emerald greens as the backdrop and dinner settings as sequin tablecloths, fifteen-foot gold silver mobiles, and gold brass boxes added even more bling to the mosaic cloud of white azaleas on each table – inviting guests to appreciate the beauty and magic of aurora borealis.

After a great speech by the executive director, Margie Van Dercook, a short student ballet performance choreographed by Peter Walker took place – and it was magnificent. Shortly thereafter, the music kicked up a notch and guests enjoyed The Encore part of the event with dancing and dessert.

Congratulations to the 500 patrons including the School’s current and alumni members as well as notable social community and corporate leaders and socialites, alike – for helping raise $1.2 million and growing during the night.

As a charity lover and a person who appreciates the arts, this is one of those events that I look forward to attending every year. For more information on upcoming programs, events and/or how to donate to the School of American Ballet, click here.

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