Monday, October 18, 2010

Pacific Chamber Ballet’s Fundraising Soirée

On Saturday night, Dean, Abby and I attended Pacific Chamber Ballet’s Soirée. {As you may recall from my previous posts, PCB—both my and Abby’s former dance school—is in danger of closing its doors permanently.}

Over 65 guests arrived to show their support. There was a luscious spread of desserts featuring cheesecakes and chocolate mousse (my favorite!), wine and sparkling cider.

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Entertainment was provided by members of the arts community:

~PCB dancers Andra Amador and Samantha Howard performed the “Chinese” variation from The Nutcracker (I apologize for the blurry shot)IMG_8571 ~Dancer Lauren Matthew performed her own choreographed version of the “Sugar Plum Fairy” solo

IMG_8585 ~ Pianist/Composer Andrew T. Miller (Sony Masterworks & Steinway Artist) performed three lovely musical interludes (My personal favorite—Straighten Up & Fly Right by Nat King Cole. Very fun!)

IMG_8595 ~Timothy Lynch and Michele Curtis of Seattle Dance Project performed a gorgeous pas de deux to the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Mr. Lynch performed a solo to “Yesterday”. Quite honestly, there aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to describe how breathtakingly flawless their performance was.

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Every nuance, every gesture felt magical, enchanting and effortless. As I glanced around the room, I could see 60+ pairs of eyes eagerly drinking in their every move.  The young dancers were particularly inspired and seemed to be taking copious mental notes, including Abby. (She later had the chance to meet the dancers personally and my goodness!—she couldn’t stop smiling afterwards!)IMG_8665

  The Silent Auction items included a Spa Package featuring an at-home spa treatment kit and a 1 hour massage from Seattle Hill Chiropractic (I was totally outbid on this), a “Night with Seattle Dance Project” package (two tickets, t-shirts and autographed poster—again, totally outbid on), and a “Tiny Dancer” Gift Basket containing 5 gorgeous Vala Dancewear leotards (woohoo!), pair of tights, a certificate for one drop-in class at PCB, and a cute Nutcracker storybook. I did not bid on this because…well, I work there and the leos are way too big for Abby just yet. :) IMG_8576

{I’m really not that tall, I just happen to be wearing heels. And I don’t know what’s up with the dorky expression on my face—I was probably saying something when the shutter clicked. But Dean said the shot was “perfect” so there were no “re-takes”. Le sigh…}

Once all the funds had been counted, it was determined that Pacific Chamber Ballet will be able to stay open at least through the end of December! Hooray!

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this fabulous school—the attendees, the sponsors (Vala Dancewear totally rocks! Woohoo!) and the fantabulously awesome performers!!! Last but not least, a HUGE thank you to Lina Korsmo-Johnson and Anna James Percival (who’ve asked not to have their photos posted *Hee hee*), the divalicious PCB teachers that put this entire shindig together in about 2 weeks flat! You ladies are amazing and I’m honored to count you as friends. :)

{If you’re a local parent looking for a great dance school, please consider enrolling your son/daughter in Pacific Chamber Ballet.}

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