Following a virtual celebration to honor the supporters of last year’s fundraising efforts, Nashville Ballet is thrilled to announce that their beloved annual gala, Ballet Ball, will make its triumphant return to Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 12, 2022.
Named the Best Pre-Pandemic Event in Nfocus Magazine’s annual “Best Of” issue, Ballet Ball is one of Nashville’s most-anticipated events of the social season. The annual black-tie gala aims to raise mission-critical funds for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Initiative, which provides arts education opportunities to more than 12,000 Middle Tennesseans each year.
This year’s celebration will be chaired by dedicated arts advocates Joanne Sowell and Brooke Trusley with Honorary Chair Emily Noel.
“There is no doubt that every year of this event is special,” shared Sowell. “But I know I speak for both Brooke and I when I say we feel incredibly honored to be chairing this pivotal return to the Schermerhorn. Thanks to last year’s chairs, volunteers, supporters, and the power of virtual mediums, Nashville Ballet was able to bring the healing power of dance to more people than ever during their 2020-21 season, and we are so excited to continue that legacy through this year’s event.”
Inspired by the golden age of dance in America, the theme of this year’s event will be an evening of mid-century elegance.
“When planning this year’s theme, we wanted to focus on the resilience and relationship our Nashville community has with the arts,” shared Trusley. “Our support of each other in this community has been critical to the survival of our community engagement programs during this unprecedented time. The last two seasons, Nashville Ballet has reinvented the way we experience and engage with dance. When our patrons join us with support for Ballet Ball, our mission to create, perform, teach and promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community will continue to grow and enrich tens of thousands of our community members.”
As in year’s past, guests can expect to enjoy lovely décor, phenomenal cuisine, and of course, spectacular performances by Nashville Ballet company artists and special guests. Renowned luxury event planner Bruce Pittman will be returning to bring the vision of mid-century elegance to life throughout the Schermerhorn. Later that evening, dinner will be served by premier caterer Kristen Winston, complemented by cocktails and assorted beverages by local distributor Lipman Brothers, LLC.
Tickets for Ballet Ball are by invitation only, but the general public is invited to purchase tickets to the Ballet Ball Late Party. This year’s Late Party will be chaired by Lindsey Burroughs, Maggie Finn, and Chip Wilkison. Tickets are $175 and include cocktails and a seat at the gala performance.
Ballet Ball 2022 festivities will kick off on October 28, 2021 at the Fairlane Hotel, followed by a Patrons’ Party at the home of Catherine and Frederick Grace on January 27, 2022.
For more information about Ballet Ball or to purchase tickets to the Late Party, please visit Nashville Ballet’s website.
About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. Thanks to Ballet Ball funding, Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 55,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through virtual and in-person season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring hybrid learning dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries, and public elementary, middle, and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class in-studio, on-demand, and outdoor dance instruction to students ages 2 and up. To learn more about Nashville Ballet, please visit nashvilleballet.com.
Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional, and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.