Neglia Ballet's Spring Gala
Neglia Ballet's Spring Gala
It's not too late to help us meet our GOAL of raising $20,000 in tickets and donations to help support our CityDance Outreach Programs. These programs aim to remove barriers and increase free access to dance education and experiences to our local communities, and we're almost there!
Our Spring Gala, presented by Delaware North, brings together the best of the dance world: acclaimed dancers from across the globe, local favorites, and rising stars! It's a performance everyone can enjoy, whether it's your first ballet performance or your 100th!
This year we are excited to feature company dancers from The Washington Ballet, Adelaide Clauss and Gian Carlo Perez (pictured below) who will perform the bravura pas de deux “Don Quixote” together. Adelaide will also perform “Come Closer”, a solo choreographed by Heidi Halt and created virtually during the lockdown. Adelaide is a former Neglia Ballet student who has been recognized by internationally published Dance Magazine as both an up-and-coming dancer AND 1 of 25 dancers to watch!
Another incredible pairing will be principal dancers Dana Benton & Jonnathan Ramirez from Colorado Ballet. They will be dancing a heart-wrenching pas de deux “Lady of the Camellias”, choreographed by the renowned Val Caniporali
From Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Maggie Weatherdon (another stunning Neglia Ballet alumna!) will be dancing a fan-favorite from last year "Albatross" choreographed by Heidi Halt, and a contemporary piece with Rowan Lindamood, current rising star at Neglia Ballet. Rowan will also perform a contemporary solo which recently won 2nd place at the semi-finals of Youth America Grand Prix earning him a place at the finals.
One final notable individual we are excited to have join us for the evening is someone whose work adorns the walls of our Conservatory, has graced countless posters, theater guides and social media posts. Gene Witkowski, a Buffalo local, will be honored as our Spotlight Award Winner for his dedication and support of Neglia Ballet. For decades this man has been behind the camera capturing brilliant moments on stage for us to share with the world. We are elated to have an opportunity to acknowledge his talent and dedication to the arts.
The evening doesn't end when the curtain closes either!
After the performance audience members will be invited to celebrate alongside the evenings dancers with complimentary champagne and desserts by Asa Ransom House restaurant Adelaide's and Lola's Bake Shop.
If you can't make it, you can still be a part of the evening by making a donation before April 28th and be included in our program. All donations and ticket sales directly benefit Neglia Ballet's CityDance Program and future public performances.
Thank you to our incredible event sponsors who have generously chosen to support our performance ensuring all ticket sales go directly to programming!
*The performance of Pas de Deux from Diamonds, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique®. Service standards established and provided by the Trust.