American Ballet Theatre (ABT) hosts its annual Holiday Benefit dinner and performance on Monday, December 17, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.

The evening will feature a one-night-only special performance by the world-renowned artists of the American Ballet Theatre, including Principal Dancers Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Sarah Lane, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko and Cory Stearns performing scenes from the Company’s unrivaled repertoire, followed by a post-performance dinner and dessert with the dancers. Four-time Emmy nominated, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winning actress, Jennifer Garner will serve as master of ceremonies.

The 2018 Annual Holiday Benefit performance will include excerpts from the holiday classic The Nutcracker, created by celebrated choreographer and ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, as well as scenes from Ratmansky’s Harlequinade, which will have its West Coast premiere at the Segerstrom Center in January. This performance also features excerpts from Jessica Lang’s Garden Blue, Michelle Dorrance’s exhilarating medley of tap dance and ballet, Dream Within A Dream (deferred), as well as excerpts from ballet favorite Don Quixote.

The evening’s Co-Chairs are Sarah Arison, Avery and Andrew F. Barth, Stewart R. Smith and Robin A. Ferracone, and Sutton Stracke, with generous support from the Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. Proceeds from the Holiday Benefit support American Ballet Theatre and its educational programs.

American Ballet Theatre presents its annual engagement of Alexei Ratmansky’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker December 14 – 23 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This beloved classic brings a cast of more than 100 performers to the stage including California students from ABT William J. Gillespie School, and features dazzling sets and costumes by Tony-winner Richard Hudson, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. For tickets, click here or call (714) 556-2787.

American Ballet Theatre has been home to many of ballet’s legendary stars – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Alessandra Ferri, Julio Bocca, Paloma Herrera, Angel Corella, Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel to name a few– and is renowned for its lavish productions of full-length ballets including Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadère and Romeo and Juliet. With a Company of 90 of the world’s most celebrated dancers, ABT performs for audiences of more than 400,000 each year in New York City, Southern California, across the United States and around the world. On April 27, 2006, by an act of Congress, American Ballet Theatre was named America’s National Ballet Company.

Table packages begin at $10,000; individual tickets, $1,000. For information, please contact Kristin Bray at Levy, Pazanti & Huff at 310-201-5033, Ext. 3, or Kristin@lpaevents.com.

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