The School of American Ballet held its Winter Ball last Monday, March 5, 2012 with an opulent black-tie dinner dance at Lincoln Center. With 400 board members, alumni and the social community in attendance, the event raised nearly $1M dollars to support scholarships, maintain the school’s studios and residence halls, and offer programs beyond the classroom.
Upon entering the theater’s promenade, guests experienced a wintry blue and white themed décor designed by Ron Wendt Designs and Van Cleef & Arpels, and set the scene for the main room of the David H. Koch Theater which was transformed into a fantasy world. Luscious red rose centerpieces, 4’ crystal candelabras and urns of sugared fruits flanked the dinner tables atop damask table linens. The room was bathed in luminescent shimmer from the chandeliers suspended over the dance floor.
After the lavish dinner, SAB honored ballet’s Russian heritage with a rousing dance performance by the senior students of the School of American Ballet choreographed by SAB and NYCB alumna Melinda Roy. Guests then joined 200 of New York’s philanthropic young professionals to boogie down on the dance floor during The Encore, the Winter Ball’s after party. DJ Coleman Feltes provided the music and guests enjoyed drinks from sponsors Belvedere Vodka and Terlato Wines. An assortment of pastries and treats at the dessert bar upstairs capped off the reception.
Glamorous attendees included Nicolas Bos (CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels), Chelsea Clinton (Young Patron Co-Chair), Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Caroline Lagerfelt (Actress, Gossip Girl), Viktor Luna (Designer, Project Runway Finalist), Nole Marin (Former America’s Next Top Model Judge), Kelly Rutherford (Actress, Gossip Girl), and Eileen Guggenheim.
Kudos to all of the gala chairs on a fabulous benefit!
Gala Chairs: Diana DiMenna, Julia Koch and Betsy Pitts
Founding Chairs: Coco Kopelman
Honorary Chairs: Pamela Joyner and Elizabeth R. Miller
Young Patron Chairs: Amanda Brotman, Brie Bythewood, Chelsea Clinton, Ann-Marie MacFarlane
Photos via Lisa Lori Communications and by Leslie Woodruff for Socially Superlative