The National Ballet of Canada holds an incredible fundraiser once per year where guests are treated to highlights from the works in the current season, as well as a gala dinner complete with dancing on the stage of The Four Seasons Centre.
I’ve been lucky enough to get the opportunity to cover the last three events, each one unique and unlike the ones before. It’s an incredible experience to attend one of these evenings, they are executed with perfection and no detail is left untouched. It’s also a unique exercise in people watching, as the fundraiser draws a diverse crowd ranging from up and coming artists, ballet lovers young and old, philanthropists and a veritable who’s who of the Toronto arts and culture scene.
This year’s theme was MAD HOT BALLET: DANGEROUS LOVE, and it was a Carmen inspired evening which raised $1 million for the company. The lovely and talented Racheal McCaig was also on hand for the third year in a row to capture the beautiful people and outfits on display. This year there was a contest for the most fashionable gown, and the guests did not disappoint (I particularly loved Greta Hodgkinson’s custom made gown by Lucian Matis.
On a side note, for girls who grew up watching Center Stage and dreaming of what it might be like to be a Prime Ballerina (guilty as charged), The National Ballet’s fundraiser is an extra special event. For one evening, I get to channel my inner dancer and dream of one day sharing a stage with my very own ‘Cooper Nielsen’ (if you enjoy this reference, I hope you’re following me on twitter for more random movie musings)
Keep reading to see pictures from the evening and be inspired – because everything really is beautiful at the ballet. Thank to Racheal McCaig Photography for the gorgeous pictures.