American Ballet Theatre lovers help keep dancers on their
Trump (left) and Susan Fales-Hill (right) at the 2004
Diana Vishneva in Romeo and Juliet.
Marjorie Fuscone, Stephanie Seymour, ABT executive
director Rachel Moore and Kevin McKenzie at the 2004
During May two benefits will celebrate the American Ballet
Theatre's spring season (which runs from May 23 –
July 16) while bolstering vital outreach efforts to ensure
the future of this elegant art form.
Richard and Marjorie Fuscone will welcome about 150 guests
into their Greenwich, CT, home on May 13 to support a lively
children's ballet program, a fitting lead-in to the
May 23 Spring Gala at Lincoln Center, a much-anticipated
gem of the New York City social season.
“There's such a buzz around that night,”
said Peter Lyden, director of development for ABT. “The
world's greatest dancers are at American Ballet Theatre,
and all nineteen of the principals perform along with the
whole corps de ballet. And there's the fashion element
of the long gowns and the socialites and celebrities. It's
one of the most glamorous events of the year.”
Along with President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush,
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is honorary chair of the evening,
stepping gracefully into the shoes held for many years by
her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Co-chairs for the
black-tie event are Susan Fales-Hill, Aileen “Suzy”
Mehle and Blaine Trump, all longtime supporters of the company.
Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Tory Burch and Blair Husain, co-chairs
of the Friends of ABT, were also involved in planning the
“I have always loved the ballet,” Trump said.
“I absolutely love helping the company and supporting
the dancers, and having fundraisers is an incredible way
to help the dancers.”
This year's gala begins with the performance, which
includes scenes from the season's ambitious lineup.
The New York engagement promises the United States revival
premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton's Sylvia,
classics Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote and Raymonda.
“This year we are very excited to commemorate the
company's sixty-fifth anniversary, as well as a very
special anniversary for beloved principal dancer Alessandra
Ferri, who celebrates her twentieth year with the company,”
said ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie, who is looking
forward to the American premiere of Ashton's Sylvia.
About 3,500 guests are expected for the gala performance,
with 1,200 staying for the elegant dinner and dancing on
two dance floors to a live orchestra under the tent at Lincoln
Center's Damrosch Park. Guests at the 2004 gala, which
raised $1.5 million for the company, included a cross section
of New York society, including Muffie Potter Aston, Nan
Kempner, Princess Michael of Kent, actress Lynda Carter,
Princess Firyal of Jordan and designer Carolina Herrera.
The third annual Greenwich Partners Club Event on May 13
also gives supporters a taste of what's to come in
the season ahead. Supermodel Stephanie Seymour and her husband,
businessman and Greenwich Polo Club owner Peter Brant, have
attended the event, which features a performance by some
of the students from its beneficiary, the Make a Ballet
program at Waterside School in Stamford, CT. The innovative
program offers talented youngsters a chance to choreograph
their own dances, and teaches set building, costuming, lighting
and other technical areas they may decide to pursue in the
“Rick and I feel blessed and honored to host (the
benefit),” said Marjorie Fuscone, who co-chairs with
her husband and Albert and Rosina Primo. “Every child
has the right to be exposed to the arts, and we believe
that the funds raised for the Waterside School help to open
many doors for the school's children.”
Guinness is a freelance writer who lives in Bridgeport,
image 2: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan Studio. image 3: Baranovsky.
image 4: PhotoBureau.