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Winter Ballet Ball

Originally Posted: February 08, 2006

Allison Minton, Michele Herbert, Melissa Berkelhammer with
SAB Students. Photo courtesy of R. Couri Hay CPR

The Sixth Floor of Bloomingdale's hosted the School of American Ballet's preview party on January 18th that celebrated the upcoming Winter Ballet Ball and their new partnership with Waterford as they introduced The Waterford Ballet Collection. The black-tie Winter Ballet Ball will be held on Wednesday, February 15 at The Allen Room, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Over 100 people attended the reception including Winter Ballet Ball's Chairmen Somers White Farkas, Joanne de Guardiola, Liz Peek and Junior Chairmen Chelsea Clinton, Allison Aston and Jill Kargman. The crowd mingled through tables set with fine bone china and crystal as they sipped Pom Royales from their Waterford stemware. Student ballerinas in colorful tutus glided among guests, enhancing the youthful elegance of the new collection. With patterns named Giselle, Presage and Ballet Ribbon, The Waterford Ballet Collection uses the fluidity of ballet movements creating a design for those who appreciate graciousness and tradition, as well as the excitement of the kinetic. China and crystal stemware offer perfect synergy, as a ballet duet might in a grand performance.

Jill Kargman, Allison Aston, and CoCo Kopelman.
Photo courtesy of R. Couri Hay CPR

Other guests included SAB's Artistic Director Peter Martins, Dennis Basso, Amy Fine Collins, Coco Kopelman, Jamee Gregory, Jonathan Farkas, Debbie Bancroft, Michelle Herbert, Mark Gilbertson, Melissa Berkelhammer, Michel Witmer, Allison Minton, Bettina Zilkha, Haviland Morris, Waterford's Joe Laneve, Dick Kunkle, Peter Cameron, James O'Leary, and John Foley, CEO of Waterford Crystal, who thanked Mr. Martins and the School of American Ballet, all the Chairmen and Bloomingdale's for donating 10% of the day's sales to the program. "It is a very new beginning for Waterford and we are proud to be involved with the School of American Ballet," he said. He described the brand's new, younger direction and commented, "It will be a huge success."

Bloomberg, Hillary and Wilbur Ross, Peter Gregory, Felicia Taylor, Deborah Norville and Cindy Sites are among the Chairmen. Committee members include Wendy Carduner, Robert Couturier, Cornelia Ercklentz, Tinsley Mortimer, Lara Meiland, Peter Frelinghuysen and Bronson van Wyck.

The School of American Ballet's mission is to train dancers for professional careers in classical ballet. Over 90% of New York City Ballet dancers attended SAB and alumni dance with the ABT, Dance Theatre of Harlem and with other major companies around the world. Proceeds from the Winter Ballet Ball will help SAB provide financial aid to nearly half of its enrollment, support an esteemed faculty, maintain world-class facilities and offer vital student wellness programs beyond the classroom. The money raised through the Winter Ballet Ball helps SAB ensure the future of classical ballet in America.

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