Houston Ballet:

2018 Houston Ballet Ball:

Swan Lake

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Hallie Vanderhider; Photo by Wilson Parish
Hallie Vanderhider; Photo by Wilson Parish

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Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious; Photo by Priscilla Dickson

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Harper Watters, Pierre and Kay Chevray, Oliver Halkowich; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Harper Watters, Pierre and Kay Chevray, Oliver Halkowich; Photo by Priscilla Dickson

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Hallie Vanderhider; Photo by Wilson Parish
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 PHOTO CREDIT:     Wilson Parish, Jenny Antill Clifton and Priscilla Dickson

Hallie Vanderhider; Photo by Wilson Parish
Hallie Vanderhider; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Houston Ballet Ball; Photo by Priscilla Dickson (2)
Houston Ballet Ball; Photo by Priscilla Dickson (2)
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Ellie Francisco, Stuart Zarrow; Photo by Wilson Parish
Ellie Francisco, Stuart Zarrow; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Diane Lokey Farb; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Diane Lokey Farb; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Charles Roff, David Hatcher, Nathalie Roff, Claudia Hatcher; Photo by Jenny Antill
Charles Roff, David Hatcher, Nathalie Roff, Claudia Hatcher; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Chae Eun Yang, Connor Walsh; Photo by Wilson Parish
Chae Eun Yang, Connor Walsh; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Charles Dishman, Ann Trammell; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Charles Dishman, Ann Trammell; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Bill Baldwin, Fady Armanious; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Bill Baldwin, Fady Armanious; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Beth Muecke; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Beth Muecke; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Bill and Courtney Toomey; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Bill and Courtney Toomey; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Becca Cason Thrash; Photo by Jenny Antill
Becca Cason Thrash; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Amy LeBlanc Cloud and Jeremy Cloud; Photo by Jenny Antill
Amy LeBlanc Cloud and Jeremy Cloud; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Amy Stanton, Melissa Juneau; Photo by Wilson Parish
Amy Stanton, Melissa Juneau; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Albert and Anne Chao; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Albert and Anne Chao; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Allison and Troy Thacker; Photo by Wilson Parish
Allison and Troy Thacker; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Shawn Stephens, Jim Jordan; Photo by Jenny Antill
Shawn Stephens, Jim Jordan; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Shannon Hall, Leigh Smith, Marcus Sloan; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Phoebe and Bobby Tudor; Photo by Jenny Antill
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Rose Cullen, Richard Flowers; Photo by Wilson Parish
Rose Cullen, Richard Flowers; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Nicholas and Brenda Bazan; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Margaret Alkek Williams; Photo by Priscilla Dicksonxx
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Lynn Wyatt and Stanton Welch AM with Houston Ballet Academy students; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Lynn Wyatt and Stanton Welch AM with Houston Ballet Academy students; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Kevin Black, Marguerite Swartz, Tony Bradfield; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Kevin Black, Marguerite Swartz, Tony Bradfield; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Kathy Frazar, Dana Ondrias, Bridgette Lee, Cleo Eddy; Photo by Wilson Parish

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Karen and Kevin Varner; Photo by Wilson Parish
Karen and Kevin Varner; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Kristen Barley, Truman Bell; Photo by Wilson Parish
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Kelley and Stephen Lubanko; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Josh and Jennifer Gravenor; Photo by Jenny Antill
Josh and Jennifer Gravenor; Photo by Jenny Antill
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Jim Nelson, Sharon Grant; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Holly and Austin Alvis; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Harper Watters, Pierre and Kay Chevray, Oliver Halkowich; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Harper Watters, Pierre and Kay Chevray, Oliver Halkowich; Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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On the evening of Saturday, February 17, 2018, the Houston Ballet Center for Dance provided the elegant setting for the 2018 Houston Ballet Ball: Swan Lake. This year, Houston Ballet honored United Airlines for its generous support over the past fifteen years. Representing United Airlines was Sharon Grant, Vice President of Community Affairs.

Hallie Vanderhider chaired the magnificent event. Wearing a black Naeem Khan couture gown inspired by the evening’s theme, she greeted the nearly 500 guests to the venue, which was transformed to reflect the contrast between Swan Lake’s White and Black Swans. Houston Ballet Academy students, floating through the venue, punctuated the theme by portraying white swans, a black swan, and the black swan’s henchmen.

Upon arrival, party-goers enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre while perusing the silent auction items. Coveted packages included an up-to-two-week stay for five at Villa Da Motta in Veddo di Maccagno, Italy; a VIP one-of-a-kind New York Fashion Week package, which included two tickets to the spring 2019 shows for Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Carolina Herrera, and Pamella Roland; nearly 20 exquisite pieces from Tenenbaum Jewelers, including an 18 karat yellow gold diamond bangle and a Cartier Santos 100 watch; and a private ladies and gents lunch for 22 with Lynn Wyatt at La Griglia.

The evocative décor, created by The Events Company transformed the outdoor space into a glamorous black and white tented ballroom. It became Houston’s own Swan Lake. The cocktail area, which was draped in grey linens, featured two flying swans over a custom pond. A mirrored runway with five crystal chandeliers sparkling above it divided the dining room in half revealing two distinct sides. One was all black, while the other was all white, including the floors, table linens, centerpieces, and feather chandeliers.

In keeping with the theme, City Kitchen created an outstanding multi-course dinner honoring the black and white muses. To start, guests were served jumbo lump crab meat with white asparagus and Belgian endive, charred lemon coulis, and shaved black truffles. Next came a duo of prime aged beef tenderloin with savory leek-wrapped bread pudding and oven roasted salsify and grilled sea bass with black beluga lentils and wilted baby kale. For the finale, a one-of-a-kind dessert, “Black and White Deconstructed,” was served to the delight of all in attendance. It consisted of chocolate genoise with bittersweet chocolate ganache, white cake crumbles, ile flottante, and dark chocolate truffles coated in white chocolate and topped with chocolate mousse.   

Following dinner, guests danced the night away to the sounds of Party on the Moon. The popular group’s appearance was generously underwritten by Diane Lokey Farb.

At the end of the evening, which raised a record $1.4 million for Houston Ballet, guests were presented with diminutive bags of swan-shaped cookies as a reminder of the iconic-ballet-themed experience.

Guests: Fady Armanious, Bill Baldwin, Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield, Pat Breen, Amy and Jeremy Cloud, Rose Cullen, Diane Lokey Farb, Ellie and Michael Francisco, Sharon Grant, Jennifer and Josh Gravenor, Melissa Jeneau; Sippi and Ajay Khurana, Kelley and Stephen Lubanko; Beth Muecke; Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Stanton Welch AM, Margaret Alkek Williams, and Lynn Wyatt.

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