American Ballet Theatre Hosts West Coast Holiday Benefit

ABT Principal Dancer Gillian Murphy performing <em>Swan Lake</em>
ABT Principal Dancer Gillian Murphy performing Swan Lake

On Monday evening the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) held its Holiday Benefit dinner, along with several short dance performances at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The annual event honored Judy Morr, Executive Vice President of Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, and was sponsored by jeweler Harry Winston.

ABT Principal Dancer Misty Copeland
ABT Principal Dancer Misty Copeland

More than 300 guests and patrons were treated to a one-night only performance from ABT’s world-renowned artists including Principal Dancers Stella Abrera, Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, and Cory Stearns.

ABT Soloist Skyler Brandt performing <em>Whipped Cream</em>
ABT Soloist Skyler Brandt performing Whipped Cream

The Holiday Benefit dance performances included excerpts from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream, Benjamin Millepied’s I Feel the Earth Move, Marius Petipa’s Harlequinade, Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, Ben Van Cauwenbergh’s Les Bourgeoius, and Liam Scarlett’s Elegy Pas De Deux.

(L-R) Co-Chair Elizabeth Segerstrom, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, honoree Judy Morr and ABT Executive Director Kara
(L-R) Co-Chair Elizabeth Segerstrom, ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, honoree Judy Morr and ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett

“ABT has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with our honoree Judy Morr for nearly 50 years,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s Artistic Director.

Proceeds from the Holiday Benefit support American Ballet Theatre and its educational programs.

American Ballet Theatre will present its annual engagement of Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, featuring students from ABT’s William J. Gillespie School, through December 17, 2017. For tickets, please visit http://www.abt.org/performances/nutcracker.asp or call (714) 556-2787.

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