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2017 Quadrille Ball

The Quadrille Ball is always my favorite event of the New York social season. I’ve shown you the year I danced, what happens behind the scenes, and what went down last year at the Quadrille. So now I’ll give you a peek at the days and months leading up to the Quadrille.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

This year Brian and Kendall were the Chairs.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

And Nick and I were the Vice Chairs! We even came up with a celebrity nickname, “Nickley,” which we thought was hilarious but made everyone else roll their eyes.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Together we were a great team and it was fun leading the Junior Committee with these three.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

The Quadrille season starts in October and every Tuesday we rehearse for two hours before heading to after parties that last well into the night.

In past years I’ve been in charge of teaching the dance, a role that I absolutely loved! But this year since I was Vice Chair I handed over the teaching reins to Lauren who did a great job.

I was still able to help out at practice.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And so was Nickley.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

In fact the entire Junior Committee attends the rehearsals to help the dancers learn the choreography. We also use the rehearsals as an opportunity to stand, completely unposed, in front of windows…

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then the week before the ball we have an all-day rehearsal at The Pierre. The lady dancers get a chance to dance with their hoop skirts for the first time.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And everyone gets an opportunity to work on their poise and grace…

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

…with varying levels of success.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then finally at the end of January the Quadrille Ball arrives!

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Before the ball the dancers have their dress rehearsal.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

While I, and the rest of the Junior Committee, give last-minute feedback.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Here they are, the 2017 Quadrille dancers!

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

And here is our 2017 Junior Committee. Don’t we look good?!

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Then, before we knew it, it was time to head down the stairs and over to the reception. The Quadrille Ball had officially begun!

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

During the cocktail hour most of us had glasses of champagne.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

While others had a little bit more than a glass!

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We also used the reception time to take our step and repeat photos. These pictures invariably end up in frames scattered around my apartment until the next Quadrille Ball when they’re replaced with new ones.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Then after the reception everyone headed into the ballroom for dinner.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

And after dinner was the moment that we had been preparing for since October: the Quadrille performance.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

We watched the dancers perform with baited breath but we had no need to worry. They did fabulous jobs!

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

And the performance was over before we knew it.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

If you want to dance in the Quadrille you need to be sponsored, and this year I sponsored Isi. She looked absolutely gorgeous during the performance! I was so proud of her!

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Then after the Quadrille dance was over the real dancing began!

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

And the night dissolved into a blur of music and twirling.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photo by Windau Photography

It was another magical Quadrille experience.

Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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To stay updated on next year’s ball, click here.

I’m already counting down the days!

~A

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