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.
This year Brian and Kendall were the Chairs.
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.
Together we were a great team and it was fun leading the Junior Committee with these three.
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.
And so was Nickley.
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…
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.
And everyone gets an opportunity to work on their poise and grace…
…with varying levels of success.
Then finally at the end of January the Quadrille Ball arrives!
Before the ball the dancers have their dress rehearsal.
While I, and the rest of the Junior Committee, give last-minute feedback.
Here they are, the 2017 Quadrille dancers!
And here is our 2017 Junior Committee. Don’t we look good?!
Then, before we knew it, it was time to head down the stairs and over to the reception. The Quadrille Ball had officially begun!
During the cocktail hour most of us had glasses of champagne.
While others had a little bit more than a glass!
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.
Then after the reception everyone headed into the ballroom for dinner.
And after dinner was the moment that we had been preparing for since October: the Quadrille performance.
We watched the dancers perform with baited breath but we had no need to worry. They did fabulous jobs!
And the performance was over before we knew it.
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!
Then after the Quadrille dance was over the real dancing began!
And the night dissolved into a blur of music and twirling.
It was another magical Quadrille experience.
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I’m already counting down the days!