American Ballet Theatre (ABT) hosted its annual Holiday Gala dinner and performance on Monday, December 16, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Attendees enjoyed a one-night-only special dance program by the world-renowned artists of American Ballet Theatre.
The American Ballet Theater’s Holiday Gala included performances by Principal Dancers Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, and Devon Teuscher performing scenes from the Company’s extensive repertoire, followed by dinner and dessert with the dancers. The evening was emceed by ABT principal dancer and emerging choreographer, James Whiteside. Proceeds from the Holiday Gala support American Ballet Theatre and its educational programs.
The 2019 Holiday Gala program was a montage of excerpts from classic and new to world ballets. Included were excerpts from the holiday classic The Nutcracker, created by celebrated choreographer and ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, as well as a special sneak preview from Ratmansky’s new, original full-length ballet, Of Love and Rage, which will have its World Premiere at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA on March 5, 2020 and an excerpt from New American Romance created by ABT Principal Dancer, and the evening’s emcee, James Whiteside. A group of 23 dancers performed 8 movements;