Last Friday, we here at Joonbug were invited to the New York City Ballet’s fall premiere of “Year of the Rabbit.” As the second feature of a three-part variety show, the partner friendly piece was the second conducted by the NYC Ballet dancers fellow principal member, Justin Peck. And, it was a showstopper that concluded with countless encores and crowd wide bravos.
It was certain that the NYC Ballet dancers that weren’t dancing on Friday night, were likely in orchestra seating, cheering on their fellow company member turned choreographer. And, the rest in the crowd that weren’t former dancers, ballet lovers or regular show go’ers were in for a treat. Because, well, this was an experience to be enjoyed by all, a welcome riff from traditional ballet presentations to say the very least.
Every year, The School of American Ballet throws their biggest bash -The Winter Ball! The black tie gala was held Monday night at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, welcoming over 400 guests for dinner, dancing, dessert, and a live performance by students from SAB. Founded by Coco Kopelman and Young Patron co-chaired by Chelsea Clinton, Amanda Brotman, Brie Bythwood, and Anne-Marie McFarland, the annual gala raised nearly $1 million to benefit scholarships, dance studios, residences, and additional programs for students at The School of American Ballet.