City Ballet to Host “Contemporary Kaleidoscope” Spring Fundraiserby Alex Wehrung June 5, 2019
The City Ballet of San Diego will be holding its annual spring fundraiser on June 9 to raise money for its education and outreach programs. Conjuring up ideas of color and movement, the event is called “Contemporary Kaleidoscope” and will give guests the opportunity to meet the Ballet’s artists, dancers and board members. There will also be a contemporary ballet performance by some of the City Ballet’s dancers. Some guests will include Artistic Director Steven Wistrich, choreographers Geoff Gonzales and Elizabeth Wistritch, Managing Director Joanne Emery, and Ballet Mistress Tanya Rogers.
According to Lauren Scott, Special Projects/Events Director for the City Ballet, the money raised at this fundraiser will allow them to purchase leotards, shoes for all its dance students, buses to pick up children and bring them to theaters, scholarship money for qualified dancers to be able to attend their Summer Intensive program as well as full and partial scholarships for its students.
This spring fundraiser will also allow the City Ballet, in the long term, “To continue our education and outreach program for our community, and to continue to perform at the high level that we have for a ballet company.” The funds will also be used to support the Ballet’s performances.
The San Diego City Ballet’s education programs annually offer in-theater performances and all-school assemblies to more than 10,000 children. Some of their programs include “Discover a Dancer,” which provides free year-round dance classes and shoes to disadvantaged children, as well as “Summer Intensive,” which allows career-track students locally and from throughout the nation the opportunity to study with professional ballet dancers.
Contemporary Kaleidoscope will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe home/art gallery of Dr. Thomas and Ann Sergott, directors of the Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance (SCAA). The art on display will revolve around the theme of “movement” and may include pieces directly related to the art of dance.
This will be the Ballet’s first collaboration with the SCAA. This collaboration came about when “Ann Sergott was taking a class with one of our advisory board members. And they just started chatting and one thing led to another and our advisory board person asked Ann if she might be interested in hosting a ballet dance at her home, and Ann was enthusiastic,” Lauren said.
In the past, the Ballet has been sponsored by US Bank, the Hotel Del Coronado, who hosted the Ballet’s receptions before dinner; Qualcomm, which has sponsored the “Family Saturdays” program, a weekend program for families to get their children interested in ballet.
The fundraiser will be putting on several events, including a fashion show by the House of Daughtry. “One of our staff members is friends with Heather [Daughtry], who owns the company. And this staff member actually wore one of her creations to our last gala, which was at the Hotel Del Coronado. Our staff member was wearing this beautiful gown, and it turns out it was designed by Heather, so we asked her if she would like to do a fashion show at our spring fundraiser.”
In addition to the fashion show, there will be a silent auction that’s currently proving as much of a mystery to the Ballet as it will to attendees. “We’re focusing on beautiful items—kaleidoscope kind of colors,” Lauren said. “So we’re going to be having some of the artists who are part of the circuit—[including the] Contemporary Art Alliance—actually creating paintings for our silent auction. And we’ve never had anything like this happen before, so I don’t even know what exactly we’re going to get, but I’m intrigued and excited to see what they’ll be offering. And then we’ll have other things as well, besides art. We will have donations of jewelry, handbags [and] scarves.”
Refreshment-wise, Chef Bryan Curley of mSeasoned Catering and Events will be providing gourmet cuisine, and Michele Coulon Dessertier will be granting guests the opportunity to try some savory offerings.
Visit cityballet.org to RSVP and for more information.