THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S NOCHE DE PASIÓN 2013 MARKS THE LAUNCH OF THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S LATINO SCHOLARSHIP FUND

February 1, 2013

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S NOCHE DE PASIÓN 2013 MARKS THE LAUNCH OF THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S LATINO SCHOLARSHIP FUND

washington balletAt TWB’s philanthropic event to be held, Friday February 9th at The Residence of the Brazilian Ambassador, the formation of a new scholarship will be announced.  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announces the formation of The Washington Ballet’s Latino Scholarship Fund.  The fund will be launched at the third annual Noche de Pasión (Night of Passion) gala on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30PM at the Residence of the Brazilian Ambassador, His Excellency Mauro Vieira.  Noche de Pasión 2013 is co-Chaired Pilar Frank O’Leary, Deborah Winsor, Judy Heisley Bishop and Isabel De La Cruz Ernst.  (See below for specific details on the scholarship fund.

The Washington Ballet’s Latino Scholarship Fund! will enable TWB to:

  • TRAIN. Create scholarship opportunities for serious ballet students throughout Latin America to come to Washington, DC to pursue  professional training at The Washington School of Ballet.
  • INSPIRE. Provide free dance training to thousands of underprivileged Latino children throughout Washington, D.C.
  • DANCE. Hire and retain talented Latino dancers in the Ballet’s professional and studio dance companies.
  • CREATE. Develop Latino-themed ballet works to be performed at The Kennedy Center and other prestigious theatrical venues throughout the nation and internationally.

Three of TWB’s amazing dancers who have benefited from Noche de Pasión

 

AURORA DICKIE, of Pernambuco, Brazil, is in her fourth season with The Washington Ballet.  At 11, she was awarded a five-year full scholarship at the Bolshoi School in Brazil where she studied under the tutorship of Galina Kravtchenko and had the opportunity to take classes as a trainee with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.  Ms. Dickie has worked with the Cisne Negro Cia de Dança, São Paulo, Brazil in 2006 and was a member of Cia de Dança de São Jose dos Campos, São Paulo under the direction of Ricardo Scheir before joining The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company in 2007.

FERNANDA OLIVEIRA, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is in her first season with The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company. She trained at the Escola Estadual de Danca Maria Olenewa before she was awarded a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet. Ms. Oliveira was a 3rd prize recipient in the regionals of the 2011 Youth America Grand Prix and she attended the Houston Ballet Summer Intensive on full scholarship to train with Sabrina Lenzi, Sally Rojas and Claudio Munoz. Last December she was invited to perform in Miami Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

LUIS R. TORRES, of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is in his tenth season with The Washington Ballet.  Mr. Torres began his training in Puerto Rico under the direction of Elizabeth Calero before accepting a scholarship transfer to Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Featured roles include Snow King, Drosselmeyer and Anacostian Man in The Nutcracker, Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, Lord Capulet in Romeo + Juliet, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the Cheshire Cat in the world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland). 

Noche de Pasión İDestination Caranaval! 2013 is a glamorous, Carnaval-themed party to be held at the Brazilian Ambassador’s residence, a stunning Queen Anne mansion on Massachusetts Avenue which will be entirely transformed into the rich, bright colors of Rio de Janeiro.  The event includes a VIP champagne reception for sponsors with Ambassador Vieira and Artistic Director Septime Webre featuring a special performance by The Washington Ballet. During the main celebration, guests will be treated to performances by celebrated Brazilian Carnaval Queen Zezeh and her samba dancers; music by New York City’s DJ Pitch One; tropical cocktails and delectable Brazilian cuisine. There will also be a Silent Auction including items such as a trip to the Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica, a gold and diamond pendant by TOUS, earrings by Brazilian designer Clementina Duarte, a dinner catered by Fine Gastronomy for eight with Artistic Director Septime Webre and more!

The event will be attended by many of the Ambassadors from Latin America who have joined TWB’s Diplomatic Committee, including:

His Excellency. E. Jorge Argüello, Ambassador from Argentina.

His Excellency Francisco R. Altschul Fuentes, Ambassador from El Salvador

His Excellency Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro, Ambassador from Honduras

His Excellency Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker, Ambassador from Nicaragua

His Excellency Anibal de Castro Rodriguez, Ambassador from the Dominican Republic

His Excellency Juan Carlos Pita Alvariza, Ambassador from Uruguay

for The Washington Ballet’s Latino Scholarship Fund as well as members of Congress, and leaders in DC’s arts, business and philanthropy sectors.

Reservation Information: Single tickets for Noche de Pasión iDestination Carnaval! 2013 start at $250, Sponsorships start at $500. For more information about supporting The Washington Ballet’s Noche de Pasión iDestination Carnaval! 2013, or to receive an invitation, contact Elizabeth Bunting, Stewardship Coordinator at 202.362.3606 x122 or ebunting@washingtonballet.org.

 

ABOUT THE NOCHE DE PASIÓN iDestination Carnaval! 2013.

 

WHAT:          Noche de Pasión iDestination Carnava!l 2013

TWB’s annual benefit event including cocktail party, performance from TWB’s professional company and Dinner, Silent Auction and Dancing at the Brazilian Ambassador’s residence

 

WHEN:                   Saturday February 9, 2013

7:30 PM – 1 AM

WHO:           The Washington Ballet

H.E. The Ambassador of Brazil, Mauro Vieira

Septime Webre, Pilar Frank O’Leary, Isabel de la Cruz Ernst, Judy Heisley  Bishop, Debbie Winsor

 

WHERE:        The Residence of the Brazilian Ambassador

3000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

 

 

TICKET INFORMATION: Noche de Pasión iDestination Carnaval! 2013 sponsorships start at $500. For more information about supporting TWB by attending Noche de Pasión iDestination Carnaval! 2013, contact Elizabeth Bunting, Stewardship Coordinator at 202.362.3606 x122 or ebunting@washingtonballet.org .

 

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON BALLET

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 Russell P. Allen, 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.

 

Noche de Pasión iDestination Carnava!l 2013 is sponsored by Capitol File Magazine

 

Amtrak is the official passenger rail service of The Washington Ballet.

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