Last Thursday, on April 26th, The Washington Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland Ball was held at Andrew Mellon Auditorium to support TWB’s community engagement programs which extend to eight DC public and charter schools and include a campus at THEARC in Ward 8. These schools provide classes more than 800 children annually. Proceeds from this event directly fund community and school initiatives critical to the artistic fabric of the metropolitan area.
The magic of the Washington Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland Ball began at the entrance of the Andrew Mellon Auditorium with ballerinas costumed as rose bushes, playing cards and animals of all feathers and furs greeting guests. Many guests took their cues and entered dressed in red and white outfits, sometimes with a bunny tail or bunny ears flourish. Guests sipped Queen of Hearts signature cocktails complete with “drink me” straws while nibbling tea sandwiches in the shapes of hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs. Dinner began with an exciting performance by two of the ballet’s principals: Alice and the Cheshire Cat. They danced a pas de deux filled with acrobatic moves and a sly sense of humor. The evening ended with dancing for everyone as the audience took to the floor moving to the sounds of DJ Pitch One.
Finally it was time to make like a rabbit and hop on home.