THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S ANNUAL GALA: A Moveable Feast: The Hemingway in Paris Ball

March 14, 2013

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S ANNUAL GALA: A Moveable Feast: The Hemingway in Paris Ball

TWB’s premiere social and philanthropic event to be held at the Library of Congress on April 12, 2012.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) celebrates the world premiere of Septime Webre’s Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises with The Hemingway in Paris Ball. One of DC’s premier fundraising events, the annual gala celebrates The Washington Ballet’s deep ties with the community and raises critical funds for the Ballet’s training and outreach programs. The Hemingway in Paris Ball will be chaired by Jackie Clegg Dodd and Senator Chris Dodd with honorary chair Mariel Hemingway and The Board of Directors of the Washington Ballet.


The gala will be held at the Library of Congress in the Jefferson Building on April 12, 2012 and will commence at 7:00PM.


Upon arrival, guests will be treated to a Jack Rose – the classic drink featured in Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises. During the evening, there will be a special appearance by Hemingway cocktail aficionado Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.


Guests will mingle among the beautiful décor created by Syzygy Events International and floral designs by Suzanne Codi. As the night progresses, they will dine upon delicacies provided by Susan Gage Caterers, who have been lauded by The Washington Post food critic, Tom Sietsema. Guests will enjoy performances by The Washington Ballet’s professional dancers and students of TWB@THEARC, and will later join in for some dancing themselves as DJ Pitch One gets everyone up out of their seats.


Proceeds from The Hemingway in Paris Ball fund TWB’s Community Engagement programs: The Washington Ballet@THEARC, DanceDC, and Excel!  TWB@THEARC is a satellite campus of The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) located in Southeast DC.  To ensure access for all, TWB offers scholarship and tuition on a sliding scale, based on family income. DanceDC is an interdisciplinary dance program that reaches 500 District of Columbia Public School children annually.  DanceDC encourages creativity and self-esteem through dance education. The Excel! scholarship program provides full scholarships for talented DanceDC students to study classical ballet at TWSB and attend subsidized performances of The Nutcracker and other The Washington Ballet family events.


Reservation Information: Tickets for The Washington Ballet’s A Moveable Feast: The Hemingway in Paris Ball start at $1,000 and Table Sponsorships start at $15,000.  For more information about supporting The Washington Ballet’s Hemingway in Paris Ball, or to receive an invitation, contact The Washington Ballet’s Manager of Special Events Elizabeth Sizer at 202.362.3606 x123 or



WHAT:          A Moveable Feast: The Hemingway in Paris Ball

The Washington Ballet’s largest annual fundraiser and a highlight of Washington’s social season


WHEN:                   Friday, April 12, 2012 7 PM

WHO:           The Washington Ballet

Senator Chris Dodd and Jackie Clegg Dodd, Ball Co-Chairs Mariel Hemingway, Honorary Ball Chair

The Board of Directors of The Washington Ballet


WHERE:        The Library of Congress, Jefferson Building

10 First Street, SE

Washington, D.C. 20004



TICKET INFORMATION: Hemingway in Paris sponsorships start at $1,000 and table sponsorships begin at $15,000. For more information about supporting TWB by attending The Hemingway in Paris Ball, contact TWB’s Special Events office at 202.362.3606 x123 or .




Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976, The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato, as well as Neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Executive Director Peter M. Branch, TWB has embraced a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.

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