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Recap: The Rock School Gala In Philadelphia

The night's Auctioneer, Governor Ed Rendell with his beautiful fellow Auctioneer. (Photo Credit: Desiree Riley)

The night’s Auctioneer, Governor Ed Rendell with his beautiful fellow Auctioneer. (Photo Credit: Desiree Riley)

Last Friday, the Rock School of Dance Education celebrated 50 years of service at the Rock Through the Ages gala.Proceeds from the event will help benefit the Rock School Scholarship Fund in making “dreams come true for the stars of tomorrow.”

As guests arrived to the Independence Seaport Museum, they were greeted by pirouetting princes and princesses, which was a pleasant indication of what the night had in store. After the cocktail hour, which was catered by Brulee Catering, Governor Ed Rendell, the night’s auctioneer, accepted live auction bids for items that appealed to everyone in the crowd from dinner and theater nights in Philadelphia from Philly Night Out, to trips to countries around the world. Attendees who did not want to participate in the live auction had the opportunity to bid on a plethora of other goodies, including Tory Burch purses, and gift baskets, during the silent auction. I almost bid on lunch and a tour of the Constitution Center with the Governor, but someone beat me to it, bidding $5,000. A wonderful performance, choreographed by Justin Allen and composed by Daniel Temkin, followed the auction, which left attendees with an understanding of why the Rock School’s students are in fact the stars of tomorrow.

The Rock School's talented students performing. (Photo Credit: Desiree Riley)

The Rock School’s talented students performing. (Photo Credit: Desiree Riley)

The Rock School for Dance Education offers various programs to meet students needs including their summer intensive, RockReach outreach program for under-served youth, residency program and academic program. Established in 1963, its two facilities in the region have produced dancers who perform worldwide.                                                                                          If you missed this gala, be sure not to miss the school’s Golden Anniversary showcase in June, at the Merriam Theatre in Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

The Rock School's students performing on Friday night at the Independence Seaport Museum. (Photo Credit: Desiree Riley)

The Rock School’s students performing on Friday night at the Independence Seaport Museum. (Photo Credit: Desiree Riley)

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