Earlier this week, The School of American Ballet held their 2013 Winter Ball: A Night in the Far East at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. The annual dinner dance was attended by more than 400 patrons, including the School's board members and alumni, as well as leaders from New York corporate and social communities. Van Cleef & Arpels and Ron Wendt Design put on quite the display, evoking the colors and ornaments of the Baron Alexis de Rede's 1969 Le Bal Oriental held at the Hotel Lambert in Paris. Van Cleef & Arpels was the lead corporate sponsor of the gala for the sixth year in a row. The ball began with cocktails and dinner, followed by a performance and then The Encore dessert and dancing.
One of the highlights of the evening included a one time only performance by the advanced students of The School of American Ballet, coreographed by Silas Farley. The evening's ball raised $1.1 million, which will enable the school to award scholarships, maintain its world-class studios and residence halls, and offer vital student programs beyond the ballet studio.