“SAB is grateful to our sponsor Van Cleef & Arpels, our wonderful event chairs and all the generous attendees for a successful 80th Anniversary celebration, which raised over $1.2 for the School’s scholarship and student life programs,” said Margie Van Dercook, executive director of The School of American Ballet.
This glamorous annual dinner dance was attended by more than 500 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities. Notable attendees included: Diana DiMenna (Chairman), Julia Koch (Chairman), Serena Lese (Chairman), Noreen Ahmad (Young Patron Chairman), Amanda Brotman (Young Patron Chairman), and Chelsea Zalopany (Young Patron Chairman), Darci Kistler and Peter Martins, Sterling Hyltin, Maria Kowroski, Ask la Cour, Jock Soto, Daniel Ulbricht, Wendy Whelan, Linda and Edward Villella, Mikhail Baryshnikov & Lisa Rinehart, Fe Fendi, Olivia Flatto, Maggy Frances, Stephen L. Green, Martin Harvey, Julie Henderson, David Koch, Frederick R. Koch, Alexandra Lebenthal, Ed Lewis, Gilles Mendel, Teresa Moore, Dailey and Gordon Pattee, Bettina Prentice, Ilona Quasha, Kelly Rutherford, Jean Shafiroff, Timo Weiland, Laura and Will Zeckendorf.
This year’s event was themed a Starry Night to celebrate SAB’s 80 years of dedication to the field of ballet. Ron Wendt Design created an enchanting celestial atmosphere of silver and white.
A highlight of the evening was a one-time-only performance by students of The School of American Ballet choreographed by Silas Farley, who was selected by Peter Martins, Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty for the School of American Ballet, for the second consecutive year.
“I was thrilled with Silas Farley’s choreography again this year. What a delight it has been to share both Silas’s achievements as a dance-maker and the wonderful dancing of our young students with the School’s supporters at the Winter Ball,” said Mr. Martins.
Famed French jewelry Maison, Van Cleef & Arpels, again acted as the lead corporate sponsor for the gala. This long-standing partnership is a tribute to the friendship shared between SAB founder, George Balanchine, and one of the Van Cleef & Arpels founding brothers, Claude Arpels, who established the Maison in New York in 1939. From their shared passion for exceptional stones was born an artistic relationship that resulted in Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ ballet and its sumptuous costumes. To celebrate SAB’s 80th Anniversary, Van Cleef & Arpels debuted two unique creations inspired by the Maison’s cherished theme of dance.
Internationally renowned luxury house, J. Mendel, sponsored the Winter Ball after-party, The Encore. Following dinner, 200 of the city’s most sophisticated philanthropic young professionals joined the Winter Ball for a night of dancing and dessert. This sponsorship signifies a continuation of J. Mendel’s direct association with the ballet, since Gilles Mendel, designer and fifth-generation member of the house his Franco-Russian ancestors founded in 1870, created costumes for two original New York City Ballet productions. The most recent of these, “Mes Oiseaux”, was choreographed by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief and SAB Artistic Director, Peter Martins, and debuted at the NYCB Spring Gala in 2012.
Epoch Estate Wines’, a small-production vintner dedicated to crafting wines from its estate vineyards on the west side of the acclaimed Paso Robles wine region, were donated to the event and were paired beautifully with the culinary creations of Glorious Food.
The event was led by Chairmen Diana DiMenna, Julia Koch, and Serena Lese; and Young Patron Chairmen Noreen Ahmad, Amanda Brotman and Chelsea Zalopany.
The School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company.
SAB, located at New York City’s Lincoln Center, is the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB’s former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies. Please click here for more information about The School of American Ballet.