Highly Anticipated Black-Tie Event Promises Elegance and Love of Ballet
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Ballet’s annual fundraising gala, Ballet Ball, celebrates its 30th anniversary on March 2 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
The black-tie event raises funds to present educational dance programming to more than 20,000 underserved youth and families throughout Middle Tennessee each year. This year’s celebration marks 30 for Ballet Ball serving as one of the city’s most popular events of the social season. There will be nods to the past three decades of Ballet Ball, while celebrating past successes and looking forward to the bright future of Nashville Ballet.
This year’s fundraiser will feature a live performance by Louis York and the Shindellas alongside new choreography from Resident Choreographer Christopher Stuart. The Grammy-nominated songwriting and production duo of Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony make up the Nashville-based dynamic duo called Louis York. The energetic group brings everything from pop, R&B, gospel and country influences to their infectious signature sound. No strangers to Nashville Ballet, Louis York previously performed during Emergence in 2018 and Paul Vasterling’s 20th Anniversary Gala Performance earlier this season.
This year’s Ballet Ball entertainment is sponsored by AllianceBernstein.
“It’s a privilege for Bernstein to be working so closely with the Ballet Ball. I’m especially proud to be involved in this event because it supports my love and professional pursuit of music and the arts,” said Adam Sansiveri, Managing Director at Bernstein Private Wealth Management and head of the firm’s newly-announced Nashville office. “With Bernstein’s move to Nashville – and mine – we are committed to supporting the community in impactful ways. We look forward to supporting Nashville Ballet, an essential and inspiring element of the city’s community.”
Ballet Ball 2019 is chaired by Mrs. Amy Atkinson and Mr. Amos Gott with Honorary Chair Mrs. Dallas Wilt.
“Amos and I are honored to co-chair this milestone anniversary year of Ballet Ball,” said Ballet Ball Co-Chairman Amy Atkinson. “Yes, it’s been a lot of work, but it’s been even more fun. We are so grateful to all the donors and volunteers who have made this event such a significant fundraiser for our beloved Nashville Ballet. We look forward to celebrating with these many supporters at the Ball.”
“We have designed an elegant evening that reflects both the beauty and the contemporary styles that Nashville Ballet has come to be known for under Paul's leadership and creativity,” said Ballet Ball Co-Chairman Amos Gott. “Celebrating 30 years of the event, we've incorporated nods to Masked and Ballet Balls of the past, along with some never-before seen elements. The entire evening will be a delight to all of your senses.”
The evening features a menu by D.Kates, selected wine and spirits provided by Lipman Brothers and event design by AmosEvents. The Pointe on 30A, a Mark Humphreys Development, is the event’s cocktail sponsor.
Tickets for Ballet Ball are by invitation only, but the general public is invited to purchase tickets to the Ballet Ball Late Party, which features cocktails and a seat at the gala performance. Late Party Co-Chairs are Krystal Clark, Caroline and Rascoe Dean, and Alexa Lipman. Late Party tickets are $175.00 per person.
For more information about Ballet Ball or to purchase tickets to the Late Party, please visit Nashville Ballet’s website.
About Louis York
Louis York is the creation of multi-Grammy nominated songwriting and production duo Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony. With a discography that covers everything from Pop, R&B, Gospel, and Country, they’ve created for icons like Michael & Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion; Chart toppers Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus; R&B Divas Fantasia, Ledisi, Jazmine Sullivan, and more. In 2015, they created their label Weirdo Workshop and when stepping behind the mic for the first time in their careers, they threw out every rule the business has told them to follow. It doesn’t matter how long, how many transitions or how many genres, Kelly and Harmony found themselves searching for one thing, and one thing alone – GREAT ART. Louis York has pushed the envelope with their music to include themes of love, acceptance, and social awareness that culminated into an EP trilogy called Masterpiece Theater: Act I, Act II, Act III. They’ve played in cities all across the country packing venues leaving attendees in amazement with their creativity, energy and stage presence always wanting more.
About The Shindellas
Beatnik group The Shindellas are a female band formed under the belief that when women come together, powerful things can happen. The Shindellas are comprised of three brilliantly talented women, Kasi Jones (Singer), Stacy Johnson (Singer/Guitarist) and Tamara Chauniece (Singer). Each member was introduced by multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated, songwriting and production duo, Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly, also known as the progressive band Louis York. The Shindellas explore Jazz, Soul and true R&B to create a unique genre of music for their audience. They are proponents of self-love, empowerment, and elegance, which are tenets they work hard to spread through their music.
About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 55,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.
Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.
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