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American Ballet Theatre hosts 75th Anniversary Holiday Benefit

Sponsored by the famed diamond jeweler Harry Winston and Lloyd E. Rigler of the Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, the American ballet dazzled our senses December 7 at the Beverly Hilton making us feel like Christmas was in the LA air.

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Photo credit: Melissa Curtin

Putting us in the holiday spirit, the American Ballet Theatre celebrated its 75th anniversary with a one-night only special performance. Dancers Stella Abrera and Misty Copeland danced scenes from the company’s unrivaled repertoire while guests enjoyed dinner and drinks throughout the evening.

Scene from the American Ballet Theatre's 75th Anniversary Holiday Benefit held at the Beverly Hilton on December 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo By Vince Bucci Photography)

Alexandre Hammoudi and Misty Copeland perform an excerpt from Swan Lake from the American Ballet Theatre’s 75th Anniversary Holiday Benefit held at the Beverly Hilton on December 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo By Vince Bucci Photography)

Since I was catching a plane to Thailand that very evening, I only saw the first modern ballet act, but it left me with a feeling of great joy, that something so spirited could create a warm, festive mood for all that were lucky enough to be part of this holiday performance.

Scene from the American Ballet Theatre's 75th Anniversary Holiday Benefit held at the Beverly Hilton on December 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo By Vince Bucci Photography)

Veronika Part performs an excerpt from Scriabin Dances from the American Ballet Theatre’s 75th Anniversary Holiday Benefit held at the Beverly Hilton on December 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo By Vince Bucci Photography)

ABT has been home to many of ballet’s legendary stars – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia MakarovaCarla FracciCynthia GregoryAlicia Alonso, and Fernando Bujones – and is renowned for its lavish productions of full-length ballets including Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadère,and Romeo and Juliet. With a Company of 90 of the world’s most celebrated dancers, including Gillian Murphy, Polina Semionova, Diana VishnevaHerman CornejoMarcelo Gomes, and David Hallberg, ABT performs for audiences of more than 400,000 each year in New York CityLos Angeles, across the country, and around the world.

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LaLaScoop co-founder Melissa Curtin with Variety Style Editor Jasmin Rosemberg. (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

 

 

 

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