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Photo Flash: The National Ballet Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary

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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The National Ballet Diamond Gala


The National Ballet Diamond Gala


The National Ballet Diamond Gala


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


The National Ballet Diamond Gala


Tutu by Rita Tesolin on behalf of the Fashion Design Council of Canada


Tutu by Shay Lowe Jewellery in partnership with Swarovski Elements


Tutu by Giles Deacon for The English National Ballet's 60th Anniversary


Tutu by Julie Moon


Bay Blanket Tutu by Svetlana Lavrentievs


Tutu by Deanna Brown and members of the NB's kids corps


Tutu by Deanna Brown and members of the NB's kids corps


Tutu by David Dixon is an homage to survivors of Japanese tsunami


Tutu by David Dixon is an homage to survivors of Japanese tsunami


Tutu by Jennifer Zimmerman made out of 60 hand pained point shoes


Tutu by Dydelic by Choryin


Sugar Plum Fairy Tutu


Odile from Swan Lake Tutu


Rex Harrington, Valerie Pringle and Robert Hope


Rex Harrington, Robert Hope, Jorn Weisbrodt and Rufus Wainwright


Geraint Wyn Davies and Veronica Tennant


Geraint Wyn Davies and Veronica Tennant


Xiao Nan Yu, Jiri Jelinek, Jay Smith, Karen Kain, Aleksandar Anotinjevic


Jillian Vanstone and Xiao Nan Yu


Admiring the Tutus


A young fan greets the ballerinas


Jiri Jelinek, Jillian Vanstone, Aleksandar Antonijevic, Greta Hodgkinson, Karen Kain, Heather Ogden, Guillaume Cote and Xiao Nan Yu


Jillian Vanstone, Heather Ogden, Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu


Guillaume Cote and Karen Kain


Jiri Jelinek, Aleksandar Antonijevic and Guillaume Cote



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