Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Corps de Ballet Kickoff Luncheon 2008; the Preeminent Luncheon of the Year

Join Corps de Ballet members and guests for, what many have called the start of the Atlanta social season, the annual Corps de Ballet Luncheon on Monday, September 8, 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.

This is the tenth annual “kick off” to the Atlanta Ballet’s season. To usher in the 2008-2009 Season, the annual fall runway fashion show, which is a part of the luncheon, promises to be more spectacular than ever promises 2008 Corps luncheon co-chair, stylist and fashion industry expert, Amy Nelson. “The collaboration, on the part of the sponsors, the committee, and the ballet staff, has given such momentum to this event. Crystal and I are thrilled to be a part of this energy.”

“This year’s fashion show is slated to be our most impressive yet,” said Nelson. “We are especially looking forward to having some of the Atlanta Ballet dancers gracing the runway, modeling some of the season’s best looks from our wonderful sponsors, Tootsies and exquisite bridal and evening designs from Anne Barge Atelier, who have come on board for this year’s event.” Aric, Atlanta’s cosmetic guru, one of the luncheon’s sponsors, will be the exclusive makeup artist for the fashion show as well.

“We’re so delighted to have such support from not only our sponsors, but from the community as a whole,” said this year’s co-chair Crystal Cox. “The fact that this, one-time small gathering, has grown to the point where we need the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead to accommodate all of the attendees says a great deal about our city’s commitment to the arts. We have also asked our past chairs to attend, so we can honor them with 10 years of great success, all benefiting the Atlanta Ballet.”

Originally, the luncheon started in 1998 with six ballet patrons gathering for lunch with a common passion for dance and has since grown into an event with more than 350 guests in 2007. That growth has also enabled the The Corps de Ballet to become one of Atlanta Ballet’s major supporting entities including participating in the Pas de Deux program, where they sponsor dancer Anne Tyler Harshbarger, who is in her fifth season with the Company.

Individual tickets cost $115 per person. Patron Tables are $1500 and Host Tables are $1250. Proceeds benefit the Pas de Deux Society, sponsor a dancer program, and the Centre for Dance Education. For information and reservations, please contact Luncheon Co-Chair, Crystal Cox at or Atlanta Ballet 404-873-5811 ext 213.

The Corps de Ballet helps to develop a meaningful relationship between its members and Atlanta’s premier professional dance organization, Atlanta Ballet. Through education and enrichment, the Corps strives to inspire and provide special insight into the world of Atlanta Ballet. Membership is $50 annually and members receive single ticket discounts, a percentage off Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education classes and invitations to special events designed to celebrate the world of dance.

The 2008-2009 Atlanta Ballet Season opens with Swan Lake, and also includes the audience favorite, Dracula, John McFall’s premiere of Don Quixote, an evening of mixed-repertoire featuring The Firebird and a world premiere, all performed at the Cobb Energy Centre. The Annual holiday tradition, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker will be performed at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. For more season information, go to

“What a magnificent gesture, on Crystal and Amy’s part, for them to greet our new season with this level of celebration,” said Artistic Director, John McFall. “With great enthusiasm, we are anticipating this year’s luncheon to be an event to remember. With the change of venue to the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, and the excitement of the runway show with our corporate partners, Tootsies and Anne Barge Atelier, we are going to be in for a very special afternoon.”

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest, continuously operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet’s eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals.

Among Atlanta Ballet’s proud and unique 79-year history are its three Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall’s leadership Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance.

Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet’s roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.

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