Hosted by The School of American Ballet, on Monday March 9, the 2015 Winter Ball took place at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. The glamorous, black-tie 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 that. It raised more than $1.39 million for scholarships and school programs. Ron Wendt took inspiration from the influences of the Pop Art era and 70’s revival using color and whimsy to create a fun and festive atmosphere on the David H. Koch Theater’s promenade level.
The event was led by Chairmen Joyce Giuffra, Julia Koch, Serena Lese, and Laura Zeckendorf; and Young Patron Chairmen Noreen K. Ahmad, Amanda Brotman and Lesley Vecsler. A highlight of the evening was a performance by the intermediate and advanced students of The School of American Ballet created specifically for the event. This year, New York City Ballet dancer Peter Walker, a former SAB student as well as a recipient of SAB’s 2011 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise, was selected as choreographer by Peter Martins, Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty for SAB. Notable attendees include Sarah Arison, Jed Bernstein, Marisa Brown, Donya Bommer, Chelsea Clinton, Brad Comisar, George Farias, Olivia Flatto and many more.
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. Famed French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels was the lead corporate sponsor for the gala. Born in Paris’ Place Vendôme in 1906, following Alfred Van Cleef’s marriage to Estelle Arpels in 1895, the Maison has been offering jewels and timepieces that tell stories and bring enchantment to life.