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2018 Quadrille Ball

I look forward to the Quadrille Ball every year (if you don’t know what the Quadrille Ball is, click here!) and this year it was particularly special since I was the Ladies’ Chair of the Junior Committee, and my friend Andrew was the Men’s Chair.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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We were lucky enough to be supported by our amazing Vice Chairs, Taylor and Lauren!

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As well as our entire incredible Junior Committee!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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As you know from my behind the scenes post, the Junior Committee teams up with the Ball Committee to put on a successful Quadrille Ball.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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But our efforts wouldn’t be complete without our dedicated group of dancers.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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The day of the ball is a long one, but also a very fun one. The Junior Committee arrives at The Pierre in the early morning and begins setting up and coordinating the dancer ladies’ hair and makeup appointments while simultaneously getting ready themselves.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then that afternoon the dancers have one final dress rehearsal.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

While the Junior Committee looks on and gives any last-minute tips and feedback. After all, the entire Junior Committee has performed this dance at least once themselves!

(You can see pictures from when I danced four years ago here).

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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This year we even had a bit of time during the rehearsal to do some dancing ourselves!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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I love the time before the ball begins. It’s so much fun getting the dancers ready and hanging out with each other.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And we even had a special surprise: Claire coming back from Seattle to visit us!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Here we are trying to get Claire’s attention. She was quite the popular addition!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then shortly before the ball began the Junior Committee headed upstairs to Andrew’s hotel room for a special toast. Andrew and I gave the first speeches, thanking everyone for their hard work.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And then Johnny V, the liaison between the Ball Committee and the Junior Committee, gave his, thanking Andrew and me for our efforts. Although really we should be the ones thanking him, since his support was essential throughout the entire season and we are so grateful to him!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The JC toast is also a time to take fun pictures before the formalities of the ball begin.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then it was time to move downstairs for the party!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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The Quadrille Ball begins with a cocktail hour.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Which is also the perfect time to take photos in front of the step-and-repeat.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Then it’s time to move into the ballroom for the main event!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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The journey from the cocktail hour to the ballroom is always a special one, since the dancers line the corridor and bow and curtsey to you as you pass.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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As the Chairs, Andrew and I were the last to enter and were formally introduced to the ballroom. How fun is that?!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Then the Quadrille Ball ceremonies began!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Followed by the highlight of the evening: the performance of the Quadrille by this year’s dancers.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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The entire ballroom, and especially the Junior Committee, looked on with anticipation.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Including this year’s dance teachers, Charles and Sherry!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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Luckily the dancers did a great job and made us all proud!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then the entire room took to the dance floor.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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And we spent the rest of the evening dancing like no one the New York Times photographer was watching!

(You can find that feature here).

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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But the night didn’t end there. At 1am we headed back across The Pierre to the room where we had the cocktail hour, which had been transformed into a fabulous 1920s-esq nightclub.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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There we had more food.

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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And even more dancing!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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It was another fabulous Quadrille Ball!

2018 Quadrille Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

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And I’m so grateful I got to be part of it in such a big way this year.

~A

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