Nashville Ballet’s annual fundraising gala, the Ballet Ball, will feature performances from The Band Perry, on the heels of their recent nomination for the Academy of Country Music title of best new artist, and Nashville songwriting legend Pat Alger.
Anticipated to be the largest and most spectacular Ballet Ball to date, the March 5 event held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center is part of a year-long celebration of Nashville Ballet’s 25th anniversary season.
“Nashville has so much musical and artistic talent that Nashville Ballet incorporates into as many performances and special events as possible,” Ballet Ball co-chair Sandra Lipman said. “This year’s event will take that commitment to the next level when we present original dances to the music of a legendary songwriter and acclaimed performance group.”
Recently-announced ACM Award winners, The Band Perry will play their hit song “If I Die Young,” providing the music for an original dance choreographed by Nashville Ballet Artistic Director and CEO Paul Vasterling and performed by the full cast of 20 company dancers.
Recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Pat Alger will also grace the stage to play his hit single, “Lone Star State of Mind,” alongside the company as they perform another original dance choreographed by Vasterling. These choreographed works were created exclusively for this event and will only be performed at Ballet Ball 2011.
Two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion, country music sensation and star of the upcoming movie remake “Footloose,” Julianne Hough will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.
Hough will present Nashville Ballet’s Vasterling Award for Artistic Vision and Excellence in Dance to legendary dance icon, Twyla Tharp, the event’s esteemed, Tony-winning honoree. Tharp will be in attendance to accept the award.
The Ballet Ball will host 450 of Nashville’s most generous arts supporters, who will enjoy a cocktail reception featuring an elaborate silent auction followed by a gourmet seated dinner.
Younger arts patrons will also have the privilege of attending the performances at the Ballet Ball Late Party.
Late Party guests will enjoy their own cocktail reception in another portion of the building during the Ballet Ball seated dinner and auction. The two groups will join together for the evening’s performances, followed by dancing to The Pat Patrick Band.
Ballet Ball raises money for Nashville Ballet’s innovative education and community engagement initiatives which reach over 41,000 underserved children, families and seniors at schools, libraries, and community centers throughout Middle Tennessee.