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Amber Ball


Saturday, April 30, 2016
Grand Ballroom, Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Kosciuszko Foundation Ball is a celebration of a mission fulfilled and the benefactors who made it possible. The Foundation awards more than $1 million in fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists and artists, and nearly 200 people benefit from the Foundation’s financial assistance on an annual basis.

This year, we have the honor of recognizing Martha Stewart, a visionary and entrepreneurial mogul, who happens to be of entirely Polish heritage (born as Martha Kostyra). Our Ball Chairman is Professor Waldemar Priebe, and our honoree will be renowned biochemist and researcher, Professor Piotr Chomczynski.

More info at http://www.thekf.org/kf/events/UE/the-amber-ball/



BOMB After Party


Friday, April 29, 10:30pm
Tropical 128, 128 Elizabeth Street, New York

BOMB invites you to the official after-party of our 35th Anniversary Gala. We’re taking over Tropical 128 in the LES with champagne, dancing, old friends, new friends, and maybe some lasers. Festive attire encouraged.

After-Party Hosts:
Mieke Chew, Andrew Durbin, Cy Gavin, Lindsay Howard

Lanny Jordan Jackson, Jessi Olsen, Damian Manire

Note that all tickets must be purchased in advance, and Gala attendees receive free entry to the After-Party.

Champagne courtesy of Brescome Barton & Empire Merchants.

More info at http://bombmagazine.org/article/760246


Creative Time honoring Craig Robbins


Thursday April 28: 6 pm Cocktails 8 pm Dinner

Once a year, Creative Time throws a show-stopping gala the New York Observer calls, “One of the art world’s top ten, break the mold spring fundraisers.” Your support of the Spring Gala helps to ensure millions of people have free opportunities to engage with the most trailblazing art of our times. This year, we are thrilled to honor Craig Robins, the visionary behind Miami Design District and Design Miami, and celebrate the inimitable artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, in a fantastical Brooklyn Navy Yard location.

Like Creative Time, Craig Robins ignites the public’s imagination, exploring ideas that shape society and engaging people around the globe. For more than three decades Robins has championed creative communities and fore-fronted public art through his professional life and philanthropy. He has proven himself to be an ever-inspiring cultural leader with an ambition to make the world a better place.

Rirkrit Tiravanija is an artist that embodies the ethos of Creative Time. Tiravanija creates socially-engaged art works that blur boundaries and bring people together, often using human interaction as his primary material. From the 2006 Whitney Biennial to the 50th Venice Biennale to the Museum of Modern Art and the Serpentine Gallery, Tiravanija is lauded the world over.

The 2016 Creative Time Gala is not to be missed. We promise you a night to remember!

See more at http://creativetime.org/events/benefit-2016/


NYCairo Gala


Saturday, April 23 at 9 pm
Skyline Hotel Grand Ballroom, 725 10th Avenue, New York

Welcome you to the 3rd Annual NYCairo Raks Festival

We are excited to continue our tradition with our super Stars Gala show with a distinctive accommodation at the hotel luxury Grand Ballroom.

Don’t miss experiencing the magic and mystery of Middle Eastern music and dance in the heart of NYC. 
With our dazzling Internationally renowned Stars and guest artists from around the world! The Gala will be held at the Skyline Hotel Grand Ballroom. 
A La Cart dinner and drinks will be available while our Superstars take the stage for the show.

You just need to envision this 3-hour all-star show of the absolute biggest dance star taking the stage one after the other to our superb music orchestra, led by some of the most talented musicians of the Middle East.

For more information visit http://www.nycairo.com/gala.html


Trevor Night Out

A Night Out for Trevor Invite

Friday, April15  at 6 pm
Metropolitan West, 639 W 46th Street, NYC

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

The Spring Fling 2016 event will include music, dancing, food, wine, and spirits, and feature an exclusive performance by Grammy Award Winner and 2016 Trevor Ally Award Recipient Rob Thomas.

For more information visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/


Party Pics: FJK Dance

Ballet lovers Amy Fine Collins, Cathy Hardwick, Michele Gerber Klein and dancer Ethan Stiefel trudged over to the DANY rehearsal studio to preview FJK Dance’s upcoming 2016 season. Founded by the Iraqi born Fadi J. Khoury, who explained the uniqueness of his company which mixes classical ballet with ballroom dancing and Middle Eastern influences. The theme of his season is to bring people from different backgrounds together thorough art and beauty.  His company includes dancers from Colombia, Cuba, Italy, Iraq, Spain, and Switzerland, with  musicians from the US and Israel — Jonathan Rodinelli on piano and Elad Kabilio on cello perform with the group. FJK Dance’s upcoming 2016 season at New York Live Arts running April 6 – 9.



Saturday, March 12 from 11pm
GQ Bar, JW Marriot Marquis, Dubai

An intimate underground house journey in a cool venue… but not for the faint-hearted. The place has a pumping sound system and with residents like Aidin Karami doing his thing most weeks, it’s one of those reliably good house nights! Long may it continue.

See more at https://www.facebook.com/COMA.Dubai/




Friday, March 11 from 10 am to 11:30 pm
EDEN Beach Club, The Rixos, The Palm, 99573 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

From underground classics like Texi, Get Wild and Don’t Say A Word, to scoring international chart toppers, like PATT (Party All The Time) and The One, Sharam’s musical credits are as dynamic as his DJ sets. His production collaborations include artists such as Kid Cudi, Shakira, Patsy Cline, Chris Martin and Daniel Bedingfield just to name a few. He seamlessly navigates between hypnotic underground sets rooted in his rich history of house and techno, while entertaining younger dance enthusiasts of today with laser like focus and dedication to quality. His motto remains ‘entertain while educate’. His sound is Ibiza in Vegas. His style is limitless.
During the Miami conference Sharam rejoined his old buddy Dubfire as the legendary duo “Deep Dish” and performed their first show in over 8 years setting the industry abuzz once again with their set as well as their new single “Quincy”.

Be sure to arrive early to catch some sunshine and indulge in the luxury of the beach club on your very own sunbed or private beach bungalow, or keep yourself cool with a cocktail at the swim-up bar.

Create new memories over lunch with friends at the restaurant overlooking the pristine waters of the Palm Jumeirah. As the sun goes down and Day turns to Night, EDEN will evolve into a party with DJs Kaytek & Trix heating things up before the big guns take over the decks.

Opening hours: 10am – Midnight. EDEN’s door policy applies.
For reservations call or email:
+971 (0) 4 277 1477


2016 Winter Ball


Monday, March 14
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC

The School of American Ballet (SAB) announces the 2016 Winter Ball at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 14, 2016, sponsored by legendary French jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels for the ninth consecutive year. Cocktails begin at 7pm and dinner will commence at 8pm, followed by The Encore dessert and dancing at 9pm. Attire is black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, or for more information, please contact the Special Events Office at (212) 769-6636. 

This glamorous annual dinner dance, presented each winter for the past 12 years, is attended by 500 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities. 

A highlight of the evening includes a one-time-only performance by the students of the School of American Ballet choreographed by Peter Walker, who was selected by Peter Martins, Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty for SAB, for the second consecutive year. 

The proceeds from the event enhance every aspect of the School’s extraordinary ballet training program, helping to provide $2 million annually in student scholarships, as well as supporting faculty, maintaining world-class studios and offering vital student programs beyond the classroom. 

Famed French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels, will again act as the lead corporate sponsor for the gala. This long-standing partnership is a tribute to the friendship shared between SAB founder, George Balanchine, and one of the Van Cleef & Arpels founding brothers, Claude Arpels, who brought the famed French jewelry Maison to New York in 1939. Their shared passion for exceptional stones inspired a creative partnership that resulted in Balanchine’s Jewels ballet and its sumptuous costumes. 

The event is led by Chairmen Joyce Giuffra, Julia Koch, Serena Lese and Young Patron Chairmen Noreen Ahmad and Amanda Brotman. 

The School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company. 

SAB, located at New York City’s Lincoln Center, is the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB’s former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies. 

Van Cleef & Arpels was born in Paris’ Place Vendôme in 1906, following Alfred Van Cleef’s marriage to Estelle Arpels in 1895. Always striving for excellence, the Maison has become a worldwide reference through its unique designs, its choice of exceptional stones and its virtuoso craftsmanship, offering jewels and timepieces that tell stories and bring enchantment to life. Over the years, the Maison has remained faithful to this highly distinctive style characterized by creativity, refinement and poetry. Whether inspired by nature, couture or the imagination, its collections evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty. 

Peter Walker hails from Fort Myers, Florida, where he began his early dance training at age eight. He attended the School of American Ballet during the 2006 and 2007 Summer Courses and enrolled as a full-time student in the winter of 2007. Peter honed his choreographic skills while still an SAB student by participating in SAB’s annual Student Choreography Workshop; and in 2011, 2012 and 2014, he was selected by Peter Martins to choreograph for SAB’s Summer Course Choreographic Workshop. He was a recipient of SAB’s 2011 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in fall 2012.

Party Pics: Ballet Hispanico


New York, NY – October 16, 2015 -Ballet Hispanico, celebrating 45 years of sharing and reflecting the diversity of Latino cultures through dance, announced the grand opening of Ballet Hispanico at the Arnhold Center & the Ford Foundation Lobby on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 167 W. 89th Street. The ceremony highlighted the recent renovation of Ballet Hispanico’s longtime home, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony followed by a tour and reception.

Kate Lear, Chair of the Board of Directors of Ballet Hispanico, welcomed the crowd and introduced speakers, including Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, City of New York; Lee Koonce, Executive Director, Ballet Hispanico; Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director, Ballet Hispanico; Margaret Morton, Program Office, Creativity & Free Expression, Ford Foundation; and Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Member & Honorary Chair of the Board of Directors of Ballet Hispanico. Notable attendees included: Vin Cipolla; Diana DiMenna; Tom Finkelpearl; Joan Finkelstein; Norman Lear; Sharon Luckman; Christina McInerney; and Nancy Ticotin, among others. Following the ceremonial ribbon cutting, attendees enjoyed a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and a special performance featuring young dancers from Ballet Hispanico’s School of Dance.

“The Arnhold Center will help us expand our programs and become a true and much needed Latino cultural center. And the Ford Foundation lobby will provide a sunny welcome to our students, guests and their families,” said Ms. Lear. “We are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone in Ballet Hispanico’s 45-year history and we extend our deepest gratitude to Jody Gottfried Arnhold, the Arnhold family and the Ford Foundation.”

The facades of Ballet Hispanico’s two historic carriage houses were restored and redesigned to give new life and improve accessibility to the building. Newly opened doors and windows, now with glass, welcome the community and enable passersby to see School of Dance classes. A complete refresh of the lobby, featuring interactive digital displays and historical photos, now enhances the impact of Ballet Hispanico’s artistic home.

SUK Design Group supervised the restoration of the façade and redesigned the layout of the first floor. Interior designer Carolyn Wharton, senior principal at Deborah Berke Partners, designed the lobby and reception furniture. A grant from the Ford Foundation allowed for the lobby make-over and technology improvements, including three large digital displays that will greet visitors and students. Additional funding from the Ford Foundation funded other projects and bolstered the organization’s reserve. A major gift from the Arnhold family celebrates Jody Gottfried Arnhold’s 30 years on the Board of Ballet Hispanico, 16 of those years in the role of Board Chair.

“Ballet Hispanico has brought individuals and communities together for 45 years to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance,” said Jody Arnhold. “Our family is very proud to usher in an exciting new chapter with the opening of The Arnhold Center where new programs and collaborations will further enhance Ballet Hispanico’s position as a source of connection and inspiration.”

“Under the artistic leadership of Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico continues to thrive, and the new Arnhold Center and Ford Foundation Lobby embody the strength of his artistic vision over the past six years. We are looking forward to an exciting autumn and beyond,” said Lee Koonce, Ballet Hispanico’s Executive Director.

This fall, Ballet Hispanico is featured in the inaugural Great American Dance film seriesalong with the San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and New York City Ballet. On Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7pm (local time), over 600 U.S. cinemas will screen Ballet Hispanico’s CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana. The event will also include a special behind-the-scenes look at the company’s rehearsals and dancers.

In addition, Ballet Hispanico makes its annual holiday return to the Apollo Theater in Harlem with an expanded New York Fall Season from November 20-21, 2015. Highlights of the season include the World Premiere of an evening-length work by Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo set to live music, and Saturday en Familia, a special matinee for families featuring fun Ballet Hispanico repertory favorites. The company continues to tour nationally and internationally and will return to The Joyce Theater in April 2016 for its New York Spring Season.