The Glamourous Gatsby Gala for Canada's National Ballet School by Ama Scriver

It was a snowy evening in the city of Toronto on Friday, February 8, 2013 and out-front of the Arcadian Court, Bay Street was lined by dapper valet men, a red carpet and a who's who of the arts scene coming out in full-force for the glamourous Gatsby Gala in support of Canada's National Ballet School. 

The evening (with tickets costing upwards of $1,000) drew no shortage of fabulously dressed patrons who took the theme seriously to heart: headpieces, sequins, fedoras and fringe galore.  The Gatsby Gala was an evening for those who wanted to celebrate the passion of dance and all the dancers enrolled in Canada's National Ballet School. The annual fundraiser is helps with the school's endowment.

Luckily, with guest appearances by Karen Kain (National Ballet artistic director), Kurt Browning and Margaret Atwood — just to name a few — the School would have no problem reaching their $1 million fundraising goal.  "Because talent is the sole criterion for entry into the NBS Professional Ballet Program, our annual fundraiser is crucial in generating awareness and securing support for our extraordinary students—of which almost eight out of every 10 require funding,” said Arlen Bartsch, Director of Development.

Highlights of the Gala included a beautiful student presentation and bustling casino, which went into the wee hours of the morning with an extensive silent auction and raffle.


Photos by Yuli Scheidt.

Amanda (Ama) Scriver is a foodie and music fiend. She is a food writer for Pink Mafia with her 'Eats' column and works as an event planner full-time. She enjoys random adventures that you can follow each and everyday through Twitter (@amapod) or follow through Instagram (username: amapod).


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