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April 14, 2014

ABT 2014 Spring Gala at Metropolitan Opera House, Monday Evening, May 12 at 6:30 P.M.

Mrs. Michelle Obama to Serve as Honorary Chair

Emily Blavatnik, Nina Rennert Davidson, Nancy Mccormick, Kalliope Karella Rena, Mary Elizabeth Snow, Monica G-S Wambold to Co-Chair Annual Opening Night Benefit

Gala Evening Sponsored by LANVIN

Isadora Loyola, Skylar Brandt and Cassandra Trenary in Gaîté Parisienne.

American Ballet Theatre’s 2014 Spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House opens Monday, May 12 with the annual Spring Gala benefit at 6:30 P.M. Sponsored by LANVIN, the evening will feature ABT’s renowned Principal Dancers in preview performances from the eight-week season.

Mrs. Michelle Obama will serve as Honorary Chair of ABT’s Spring Gala.  Emily Blavatnik, Nina Rennert Davidson, Nancy McCormick, Kalliope Karella Rena, Mary Elizabeth Snow and Monica G-S Wambold will serve as Co-Chairs.

Vice Chairs for the evening include Cecile Andrau-Martel, Valentino Carlotti, Donna and Richard Esteves, Susan Feinstein, Victoria Phillips, Martin and Toni Sosnoff and Sutton Stracke.  Junior Co-Chairs for the evening are Sarah Arison, Julia Spillman-Gover and Mark Tashkovich.

A portion of the proceeds from the Spring Gala will support ABT’s education and community outreach programs.

American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala performance will feature selections from the season’s full-length ballets including Don Quixote, Cinderella, CoppéliaLa Bayadère, The Dream, Giselle and Manon.  The evening will also include a performance by students from The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT, Ji√Ö‚Ñ¢í Kylián’s Nuages and excerpts from Gaîté Parisienne.

A Gala dinner at The Tent at Lincoln Center will immediately follow the performance.  Gala benefit tickets priced at $1,500, $2,500, $3,500 and $5,000 include the performance and post-performance dinner and dancing.  For Gala benefit ticket information only, call American Ballet Theatre’s Special Events office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3310.

Performance-only tickets, beginning at $25, are available online, at the Metropolitan Opera House box office or by calling 212-362-6000.  For more information, please visit ABT’s website at

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