It seems so long ago, but it was only last Monday evening when I had the pleasure of attending The School of American Ballet‘s 2016 Winter Ball at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Legendary French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels sponsored the glamorous, black-tie dinner dance for the ninth consecutive year (Look for more images of the incredibly beautiful jewelry on our Instagram Feed). The dazzling evening began with cocktails at 7pm and guests were promptly invited to dinner at 8pm by the light sound of music, followed by a student performance choreographed specially for the occasion.
The stylish event was led by Chairmen Joyce C. Giuffra, Julia F. Koch, and Serena Lese; and Young Patron Chairmen Noreen K. Ahmad and Amanda Brotman Schetritt.
“SAB is grateful to our sponsor Van Cleef & Arpels, our wonderful event chairs and all the generous attendees for a successful evening, which raised over $1.1 million for the School’s scholarship and student life programs,” Margie Van Dercook, executive director of the School of American Ballet.
The proceeds from the event enhance every aspect of the School’s extraordinary ballet training program, including helping to provide $2 million annually in student scholarships, as well as supporting faculty, maintaining world-class studios and offering vital student programs beyond the classroom.