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American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening

You know by now how much I love dancing, so it should be no surprise that I’m a patron of American Ballet Theatre. Last week we had our semi-annual Young Patrons Evening at Lincoln Center.

Despite the rain, it was an absolutely gorgeous night.

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

ABT is having its fall season at the Koch theater, the same place I laid on the floor and took those ridiculous photos! It was fun being back (but sadly the floor dancers are gone!).

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The evening started with a Q&A with two of ABT’s dancers, Sean Stewart and Jennifer Whalen. We got to hear all about being a ballet dancer in New York. They told funny stories about performance falls, gave us the inside scoop on what rehearsals are like, and let us in on their dream roles. It was a really neat, members-only experience!

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It also gave us the opportunity to be alone in the theater. Ann and I were so tempted to run up on the stage!

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Between the talk and the show we headed to the Patron Lounge.

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And were able to talk more with Sean and Jennifer, who are awesome people.

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then Ann and I headed to the balcony to take some pictures!

I’m wearing a Zac Posen dress (gorgeous, right?!) and he liked it on instagram! No big deal…

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Afterwards Ann and I headed into the performance and watched our new friend Sean perform (Jennifer wasn’t dancing that night). The first piece was Raymonda Divertissements (my favorite), followed by Bach Partita, and finally Gaîté Parisienne (which had the most colorful costumes from the 80s and was Ann’s favorite). It was a fun show, and of course the dancers were incredible.

Afterwards, the Young Patrons Evening continued with a reception at nearby Tavern on the Green. Ann and I loved talking (and drinking!) with the other patrons and dancers.

American Ballet Theatre Young Patrons Evening - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

You have to love a night that’s all about dance!

You can find information on supporting American Ballet Theatre here. It’s a great cause, and you may even have a bit of fun in the process.

~A

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