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The School of American Ballet Winter Ball
03/09/2009 - By Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater

The School of American Ballet Winter Ball

On March 9th The School of American Ballet celebrated their Winter Ball which this year also served as their 75th Anniversary of the school.

This glamorous black-tie dinner dance at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater was attended by over 400 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni. The Encore was the Winter Ball’s after-party which after dinner, 200 of the city’s philanthropic chic young professionals joined guests for dancing and dessert. A highlight of the Winter Ball was a pièce d’occasion performed by the School’s students, choreographed by Adam Hendrickson (SAB alumnus and New York City Ballet Soloist).

To honor the School’s 75th Anniversary, Van Cleef & Arpels created a special Award of Excellence named after Claude Arpels, whose friendship with SAB co-founder George Balanchine inspired the ballet “Jewels” in 1967. The first award, which will become annual, was presented to George Balanchine posthumously and was accepted by SAB Artistic Director Peter Martins.

Over $800,000 has been raised to support The School of American Ballet. Proceeds from the Winter Ball are used to award scholarships, maintain state-of-the-art studios and a residence hall, and offer vital student programs beyond the studio.

Notable Attendees Included:

Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl), Chelsea Clinton, Robert Couturier, Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond, Stacey Bendet Eisner (Fashion Designer, Alice + Olivia) and Eric Eisner, Dani Evans (Winner of America’s Next Top Model cycle 6), Susan Fales-Hill, Effie and Robert Fribourg, Carole Divet Harting and Bruce Harting, Kate Davidson Hudson and Patrick Hudson, Pamela J. Joyner, Jill and Harry Kargman, Nathalie Kaplan, Coco and Ari Kopelman, Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Nicolas Luchsinger (Van Cleef & Arpels Store Manager), Peter Martins (Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty) and Darci Kistler (Principal Dancer NYCB/SAB teacher), Gillian Miniter, Sara Mearns (Principal Dancer NYCB), Moby, Philip Neal (Principal Dancer NYCB), Sarah Jessica Parker, Liz and Jeff Peek, Katie Peek, Laura Poretzky (Fashion Designer, Abaeté), Amar Ramasar (Soloist NYCB), Desiree Rogers (White House Social Secretary), Jonathan Stafford (Principal dancer NYCB/SAB teacher), Jock Soto (SAB Teacher, former NYCB Principal dancer), Crystle Stewart (Miss USA 2008), Alexis Tobin, Zang Toi (Fashion Designer)

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Photos: Patrick McMullan

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