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  • Dancing the Night Away - Peter Martins and Justin Peck
  • Dancing the Night Away - Alicia Keys
  • Dancing the Night Away - Valentino Garavani
  • Dancing the Night Away - Caroline Issa
  • Dancing the Night Away - Kylie Case and Gilles Mendes
  • Dancing the Night Away - Catherine Malandrino
  • Dancing the Night Away - Frederick Anderson and Valesca Guerrand Hermes
  • Dancing the Night Away - Jamee Gregory
  • Dancing the Night Away - Carlos Mota and Allison Sarofim
  • Dancing the Night Away - Lisa Maria Falcone
  • Dancing the Night Away - Lisa Perry
  • Dancing the Night Away - New York City Ballet Dancers
  • Dancing the Night Away - Fe Fendi
  • Dancing the Night Away - Julia and David Koch
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    Alexa Maxwell.

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    Peter Martins and Justin Peck.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    Alicia Keys.

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    Valentino Garavani.

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    Caroline Issa.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    Kylie Case and Gilles Mendes.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    Catherine Malandrino.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    Frederick Anderson and Valesca Guerrand Hermes.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    Jamee Gregory.

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    Carlos Mota and Allison Sarofim.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    Lisa Maria Falcone.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    Lisa Perry.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    New York City Ballet Dancers.

    Photography by Sherly Rabbani

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    Fe Fendi.

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    Julia and David Koch.

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Dancing the Night Away

Devotees of dance attended the New York City Ballet’s biannual gala

Over the past few years, the New York City Ballet’s biannual galas have become something of a celebrity hub, due in no small part to the presence of Sarah Jessica Parker on the company’s board. Red carpets have stretched the length of the Lincoln Center plaza, with press lines more common for movie premieres and even awards shows. It’s not a bad thing: celebrities bring exposure—particularly to the younger generation the institution needs to court to maintain its artistic preeminence.

Given this, you would have expected the NYCB’s spring gala celebrating its 50-year anniversary in its current Philip Johnson-designed building and sponsored by Vacheron Constantin to pull out all the Hollywood stops. But while the carpet was long, its populace was less star-studded. The biggest names were Alicia Keys, Kristen Bell (who performed a rendition of “If I Loved You” from “Carousel”) and a lonely-looking Sean Avery. This was also not a bad thing.

It meant that Thursday evening’s focus was on celebrating ballet. (Ruinart helped pave the way with a champagne bar, as part of its new beverage partnership with the company.) When Peter Martins brought out former dancers who had graced the former New York State Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater) in 1964, among them Jacques d’Amboise and Allegra Kent, and asked the audience to toast them with shots from mini bottles of Georgi vodka, many guests cheered. And instead of presenting a packed program of crowd-pleasers, the NYCB stuck with just two ballets (preceded by a trumpet performance of “Fanfare for a New Theater” and the orchestra’s playing of the national anthem): George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante” and the world premiere of Justin Peck’s “Everywhere We Go.”

“There are so many other companies now and I go see them,” said Alessandro Fendi, who has been a staunch supporter of NYCB for years. “But every time I come here, it’s like a homecoming.”

After dinner on the Promenade, strewn with bouquets of white flowers, people hit the dance floor with abandon, led by off-duty ballerinas choreographing their own version of “Blurred Lines.”

“Dance circles are so much better when they’re led by actual dancers,” remarked one guest. Yes, they are.