It was an enchanting evening… everything you’d expect and more from The School of American Ballet’s 2013 Winter Ball. Themed A Night in the Far East, the annual charity gala raised more than $1.1 Million for Scholarships and School Programs. Hosted at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center earlier this week, the evening was sponsored by legendary French MaisonVan Cleef & Arpels. Cocktails began at 7pm and dinner at 8pm, followed by a one-time-only performance by the advanced students of The School of American Ballet choreographed by Silas Farley, who was selected by Peter Martins, Artistic Chairman of The School of American Ballet.
“We are thrilled to announce that we achieved our goal of $1.1 million. The overwhelming generosity of our sponsor Van Cleef as well as our attendees and donors made for a fantastic celebration last night,” said Margie Van Dercook, executive director of The School of American Ballet. “Their much-appreciated donations will provide scholarships to aspiring young dancers as well as support the School’s student life programs.”
The highlight of my evening as most of you saw and remarked on Facebook and Instagram — the moment the world stopped — was when I met Carolina Herrera. I was walking down the stairs of Lincoln Center when I saw Mrs. Herrera in the lobby. Fully shaking I approached her to introduce myself and express what a fan I am. She’s a vision, elegantly dressed and