Performing arts enthusiasts moved and grooved in support of The Washington Ballet Gala.
THE PARTY Raising the Barre was naturally the theme of The Washington Ballet’s annual gala, and it did exactly that by bringing in $760,000 for the world-class troupe’s performances and community engagement programs. THE PEOPLE It was a hot ticket for attendees, with names like Brandon Clay (Tiffany & Co.) and Kay Kendall (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities) on the guest list. They shook things up with co-chairs Sara and Chris Lange, and honorary chairs Peter Wittig (the ambassador of Germany) and wife Huberta von Voss-Wittig. They also praised Therrell C. Smith for her passion for teaching—she’s been instructing dance for 70-plus years. BEST IN SHOW What made the affair even more special was the backdrop for it all—The Anthem at The Wharf. It was transformed from a concert venue into a gala scene and set the stage for the party’s highlights, including en pointe entertainment from TWB’s talents to showcase the power of ballet to inspire, engage and stretch every boundary.-Kristen Schott
Photos by Neshan H. Naltchayan