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Washington Ballet’s Silver Anniversary Gala
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25 Years and Still Shining

All they wanted to do was dance at TheWashington Ballet’s 25th anniversarygala at The Kennedy Center in April.Some of the stellar guests on hand wereFirst Lady Laura Bush accompanied byher mother Jenna Welch, honoraryevent chair H.M. Queen Noor,Washington Ballet founder Mary Day,Victor Shargai, Ann Jordan, CatherineReynolds, Jim Kimsey, Calvin Cafritz(who received an award in recognitionof the $2 million that the GwendolynCafritz Foundation has donated to thecompany over the years,) and severaldozen ambassadors. Penne Korthchaired the event. Ballerina AmandaMcKerrow teamed with Ethan Stiefl,principal dancer with the AmericanBallet Theatre, for a pas de deux from“Giselle,” and talented students fromthe Washington School of Ballet performed.Guests boogied to DonnaSummer’s sexy rendition of “I Love toLove You, Baby” and other disco tunesinto the early morning hours. The eventnetted approximately $185,000.

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