At The School of American Ballet: A Night of Glamour, Elegance, and Fundraising

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A highlight of the evening was a one-time-only performance by the students of the School of American Ballet choreographed by Peter Walker, who was selected by Peter Martins, Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty for SAB, for the second consecutive year.

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.

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Julia Koch attending The School of American Ballet’s 2016 Winter Ball
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Darci Kistler, Peter Martins attending the The School of American Ballet’s 2016 Winter Ball on Monday, March 14, 2016
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Legendary French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels sponsored the glamorous, black-tie dinner dance for the ninth consecutive year.

“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.

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Fe Fendi, of the Italian fashion house attending The School of American Ballet’s 2016
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Marjorie Van Dercook addressing the audience at the 2016 Winter Ball (School of American Ballet)
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The School of American Ballet’s 2016 Winter Ball at The Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.
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For this year’s Winter Ball, top lifestyle design talent Ron Wendt was inspired by the rich emerald greens of the Northern Lights. The sparkle of forest green sequin tablecloths added glamour to the evening while clouds of crisp white azaleas sprung from velvety moss in gold polished brass boxes with pillar candles. Fifteen-foot tall gold and silver mobiles were suspended above the dining area, evoking the aurora borealis in the gilded ceiling of the David Koch H. Theater.
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The glamorous annual dinner dance was attended by 500 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities.
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Students’ performances were choreographed specially for the memorable occasion.

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.

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