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October 5, 2011

Corps de Ballet Luncheon

Toe-points and Top Fall Fashion

  • Photos by Greg Moooney courtesy of the Atlanta Ballet

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead played host to a bevy of ballet patrons, while Neiman Marcus produced a smashing runway show

Mark Fillion, Kim Lape, John McFall, Paula Dickey Mark Fillion, Kim Lape, John McFall, Paula Dickey




















The VIPs

Ballet Luncheon co-chairs Kim Lape and Paula Dickey, Corps de Ballet President Angela Smith, Neiman Marcus VP and GM Mark Fillion, Artistic Director of the Atlanta BalletJohn McFall

The Venue

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

The Scene-Makers

Among the lunching ladies (and a few gallant gents): Past Corps de Ballet President Joanne Chesler Gross, Kelly Cannon, Marjorie Harvey, Mary Portman, Cynthia Hammond, Mary Johnson, Amy Nelson, Michelle and David Crosland, Charlene Crusoe-Ingram, Michea Duffy, Liz Lazarus, Laurie Ann Goldman, Kate Denny, Valerie Love, Kristy Robison, Angela Smith, Harrison Rohr, Lynn Cochran-Schroder, Lynda Courts, Crystal Cox, Stacy Mellon, Alison Jowers, Christine Ragland, Juli Owens.




















The Highlights

After a champagne reception, dance patrons dined on a gourmet lunch provided by The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead and talked over pretty tables decorated with pastel florals by Robert Long. After lunch, the runway rocked with luxe fall looks courtesy of Neiman Marcus that highlighted key trends such as fur embellishment on everything,  dramatic capes, tweeds tarted up with leather detailing, color blocking, rich shades of burgundy, and sparkle and sheen aplenty.  Best of show:  a ravishing scarlet red evening gown by Gucci recently worn by Jennifer Lopez. After the last model had walked, a troupe of Atlanta Ballet dancers mastered the catwalk en pointe and striking balletic poses to the tunes of Big Boi (a past Atlanta Ballet collaborator)

The Cause

Proceeds from the luncheon benefitted Atlanta Ballet and the Centre for Dance Education.

The Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: Neiman Marcus. Silver Sponsor: U.S. Trust

The Curtain Call

The Atlanta Ballet’s 2011-2012 season opens Oct. 21-23 at Cobb Energy Performing Art Centre with a performance of the classic The Four Seasons and an edgy piece Eden/Eden by rockstar British choreographer Wayne McGregor. Up later in the season, the world premiere of an original piece of choreography, The Princess and The Goblin, by dance legend Twyla Tharp Feb. 10-19, and The Ballet Ball on Feb. 4 chaired by Merry Carlos and Su Longman.  For tickets: 404.892.3303 or





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