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Sponsor Information | Ballet Stars of New York

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We invite you to play a leading role in the academic and artistic lives of our students as a sponsor of this year’s Ballet Stars of New York fundraising gala.

Not only does this event promise to be a wonderful artistic evening, but it is also for a good cause – scholarship. The event, held March 19th, 5pm at the Koger Center for the Arts, includes preferred ballet seating, complimentary valet parking and photos with our special guests. 

This is a gala in the true sense of the word with an incredible performance featuring stars of the New York City Ballet sharing the stage with the USC Dance Company, under the creative direction of Associate Director Stacey Calvert, as well as the USC Symphony, under the director of Maestro Don Portnoy. The evening’s festivities will feature Barber’s Violin Concerto Pas de Deux, choreographed by NYCB Artistic Director Peter Martins, plus two legendary works by NYCB founder George Balanchine, Raymonda and the full length Who Cares?, starring Columbia-native Sara Mearns. Who Cares? is a playful jazz ballet created to the music of George Gershwin and is one of the top signature works of the New York City Ballet.  

The evening concludes with exquisite fine dining by Crawford Pressley of Loosh Culinaire, followed by dancing with our stars to the music of the internationally acclaimed Mark Rapp and his band.  It will be an evening to remember as we transform backstage at the Koger Center for the Arts into a magical evening in NYC. Honorary chairs for the event are President Harris Pastides and First Lady Patricia Moore Pastides. Jan Jernigan and Gillian Albrecht are co-chairs of the gala, and working with designers to make this evening most special.

This is a tremendous opportunity for you to have a major impact on the University of South Carolina Dance Program, which is quickly becoming a national leader in the field of dance. Dance Magazine recently honored the USC dance program as “One of the top three university programs to consider for classical ballet training.”  Our annual fundraiser provides critical funding for scholarships, enabling us to attract and maintain the highest quality dance students from around the nation.




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