Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary

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This past Wednesday, The National Ballet of Canada celebrated their 60th Anniversary in style at The Four Seasons Centre for the Arts.  One of their fanciest galas in recent memory, the company embraced the 'Diamond' theme in a joint celebration that also honoured the Queen's Jubilee.  Dancers, celebrities, members of the media and fans and friends of the ballet gathered together for a gorgeous celebration that included performances which highlighted the extraordinary work of The National Ballet, and then danced the night away at a gala dinner on the stage of The Four Seasons Centre.

The evening kicked off with a red carpet extravaganza which included models posed outside in the record setting heat, posing lIke Ballerinas inside a music box in gorgeous custom-designed tutus.  Inside, guests were treated to an array of food and drink including a custom cocktail 'Skyy with Diamonds' by Skyy Vodka and hors d'oeuvres from  North 44°.  The hour long performance featured short works performed by the National Ballet, including the pas de deux from Herman Scherman.  After the performance gala guests were invited onto the stage (which featured 24 crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling to mark the occasion) and had a dinner prepared by celebrity chef Mark McEwan.

The 60th Anniversary Celebration also highlighted The Tutu Project, an interactive and international art and community-outreach project that includes sixty tutus created by artists from Dance Victoria, The Port Theatre, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Giles Deacon for The English National Ballet and more. 

On hand to celebrate were Artistic Director Karen Kain and husband Ross Petty, Artist in Residence Rex Harrington, Veronica Tennant, Rufus Wainwright, Soulpepper's Artistic Director Albert Schultz, Trinity Jackman, Kristen Thomson and more. BWW was thrilled to be invited to capture pictures of the glittering event for our readers.

For more information on The Tutu Project, The National Ballet of Canada or to donate, visit their official website at: http://national.ballet.ca/

All photos by Racheal McCaig Photography

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Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
The National Ballet Diamond Gala

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
The National Ballet Diamond Gala

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
The National Ballet Diamond Gala

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Dancers sporting tutu by Label (on behalf of the FDCC), tutu by Wardrobe Coordinator Grant Heaps, tutu by Canada�s National Ballet School, tutu Nichola Aoki in collaboration with Metatecture

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
The National Ballet Diamond Gala

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by Rita Tesolin on behalf of the Fashion Design Council of Canada

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by Shay Lowe Jewellery in partnership with Swarovski Elements

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by Giles Deacon for The English National Ballet's 60th Anniversary

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by Julie Moon

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Bay Blanket Tutu by Svetlana Lavrentievs

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by Deanna Brown and members of the NB's kids corps

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by Deanna Brown and members of the NB's kids corps

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by David Dixon is an homage to survivors of Japanese tsunami

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by David Dixon is an homage to survivors of Japanese tsunami

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by Jennifer Zimmerman made out of 60 hand pained point shoes

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Tutu by Dydelic by Choryin

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Sugar Plum Fairy Tutu

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Odile from Swan Lake Tutu

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Rex Harrington, Valerie Pringle and Robert Hope

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Rex Harrington, Robert Hope, Jorn Weisbrodt and Rufus Wainwright

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Geraint Wyn Davies and Veronica Tennant

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Geraint Wyn Davies and Veronica Tennant

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Xiao Nan Yu, Jiri Jelinek, Jay Smith, Karen Kain, Aleksandar Anotinjevic

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Jillian Vanstone and Xiao Nan Yu

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Admiring the Tutus

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
A young fan greets the ballerinas

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Jiri Jelinek, Jillian Vanstone, Aleksandar Antonijevic, Greta Hodgkinson, Karen Kain, Heather Ogden, Guillaume Cote and Xiao Nan Yu

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Jillian Vanstone, Heather Ogden, Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Guillaume Cote and Karen Kain

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
Jiri Jelinek, Aleksandar Antonijevic and Guillaume Cote

Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary

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When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

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