The National Ballet School (NBS) held its annual fundraiser “An Affair To Remember” at The Carlu. The theme was 1950’s glamour, with red and gold decor and statues of the Empire State Building.

The evening started with a cocktail reception for the patrons featuring the specialty cocktail, Cointreau Blush (Cointreau, grapefruit juice and lime juice) and some delicious hors d’oeuvres: smoked salmon wrapped around hearts of palm, scallop ceviche in a cucumber cup, sirloin on a pancake, chicken roulade with Waldorf relish, goat cheese and beets in a ball, and rösti potatoes with grilled artichokes.

While the dinner was being served, the Young Patrons (19-35) enjoyed their own cocktail reception as well.

Mavis Staines, Artistic Director and CEO of NBS (and former National Ballet soloist), spoke eloquently about the work of the school, as a world renown training ground for ballet talent, and as a partner in the community with programs like “Dancing with Parkinson’s“, “Sharing Dance,” and “Movement to Music” (geared to seniors living with dementia).

She then introduced the performance component that featured current students of the professional ballet program.
The first piece, entitled “Vitalidad” was choreographed by grade nine student, Jason Chen.

This was followed by “Cygnets” from “Swan Lake, ACT II,” “Open Hearts,” which was choreographed by grade ten student, Hanna Galway, “Gurn’s Solo” from “La Sylphide, ACT I,” and an excerpt from “Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen“. The student choreographers and dancers showed such talent in handling these complicated pieces.

The evening also featured silent auction featuring a great collection of items (an interesting one is the opportunity to create your own MAC lipstick), a raffle for a trip to Paris and French Riviera, casino games, and a performance by soprano and former NBS student, Antonella Cavallaro.

It was definitely an affair to remember.

(photos by Tanya)

National Ballet School Gala 2015 – An Affair to Remember

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