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Raising the Barre

| June 3, 2014 | Parties National

The Party
Supporting the arts is a noble cause, indeed, but there are other reasons Chicagoans flock to The Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board’s Spring Gala year after year, chief among them the spectacular performances and the opportunity to mix and mingle with members of the company.

The Scene
The evening began at the Auditorium Theatre with a program showcasing the talents of Joffrey’s dancers and students, and the lovely Yumelia Garcia brought the crowd to its feet with her farewell performance: a romantic pas de deux from Lady of the Camellias. Guests then had the option of either a short walk or a trolley ride to the Hilton Chicago for cocktails and a dinner highlighted by a generous slice of coconut cake.

The Highlights
In anticipation of the upcoming opening night of Romeo & Juliet, Joffrey’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron recited a bit of dialogue from the play’s famed balcony scene— with Wheater delivering his lines from the ballroom’s second level for full effect. Dancers both professional and amateur soon made their way to the dance floor to end the night to the sounds of the Bill Pollack Orchestra. -Photos by Dan Rest


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