Grovel Alert: Tutu Chic Fashion Show And Luncheon

Texas Ballet Theater dancers (File photo)

Not all the nonprofits are going quiet between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Well, of course, there is Crystal Charity Ball on Saturday, December 2. But on Tuesday, November 28, the Tutu Chic Fashion Show And Luncheon at the Winspear will have the champagne bubbling and the dancers doing pas de deux, pirouette and grand jeté in the Naeem Khan designs from Stanley Korshak with the guests on stage for a up-close view. 

Co-Chair Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair along with Presenting Sponsor Nancy Carlson have been busy getting guests on board for the Texas Ballet Theater fundraiser.

If you’ve purchased your tickets, congratulations! If you haven’t, you’d better hurry-scurry.

According to Texas Ballet Theater Development Manager Theresa Ireland-Daubs, “We are so close to hitting our goal of 30 tables!”

So, put off the grocery shopping for Thursday’s feasting and make your reservation here.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Tutu Chic Fashion Show And Luncheon

Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair (File photo)

According to By Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon Co-Chairs Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair,

Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) and Stanley Korshak are partnering to present the annual Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon. In a unique fashion show, ballet dancers from TBT will dance, leap, and strut the runway on Tuesday, November 28, at the Winspear Opera House.

Back by popular demand, this year’s featured designer is internationally acclaimed Naeem Kahn.

Texas Ballet Theater (File photo)

Tutu Chic is a primary fundraiser for Texas Ballet Theater on behalf of Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. and Executive Director Vanessa Logan.

As the only professional ballet company in our region, and the second oldest in Texas, the Art of Ballet, Access to Ballet and Education of Ballet are priorities for TBT. Your ticket purchase helps ensure we continue to enrich your community with artistic performances, quality dance training and unique outreach programs which offer free introductory ballet instruction to public school students.

If you have any questions regarding your reservation, please contact Development Manager Theresa Ireland-Daubs at 817.763.0207 ext. 111 or by email at [email protected]

Click here for more information.

Veteran And Future Fundraisers Nosh With Nutcracker Types At Sugar Plum Fairy Tea At The Mansion

You sorta know you have a successful event when the cars are creating a lineup 5 minutes after the doors open. That was the scene at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek today as Texas Ballet supporters, both current and future, arrived for the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea.

In its second year, the tea is part of the “warm” up for tomorrow’s Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Winspear. Last year the afternoon tea for mums and daughters was held at Stanley Korshak, but because it grew in size, the decision was made to move it to the Mansion.

While the elegant Mansion may be known as the place for grownups to see and be seen, this afternoon it was abounding with little princesses dancing, hugging and being oh-so adorable. Needless to say, bows and party dresses were the call of the day. Tea Co-chair Kathryn Beach

Elizabeth Slates, Caroline Corrigan and Margo Touchstone

and her daughters Katy and Lilly were all in soft pink. . . . Elizabeth Slates, Caroline Corrigan and Margo Touchstone wore just hints of pink on the tutu bracelets. . .  Donna Arp Weitzman looked like a snow queen all in white with daughter-in-law Trish Arp and granddaughter Meredith Arp. Donna will be at the luncheon with 20+ of her gal pals. Unfortunately four-year-old Meredith won’t be able to attend. She has previous commitments.

Trish Arp, Meredith Arp and Donna Arp Weitzman

In addition to mountains of cookies and sandwiches, there was everything from wine to hot chocolate. Needless to say, there was a line forming for tea and hot chocolate.

Line up for tea and things

For entertainment, there were coloring books about the Sugar Plum Fairy with crayons within arm’s reach.

Katy Beach, Kathryn Beach and Lilly Beach

And what would a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea for the Texas Ballet be without ballerinas? Not to worry. They were all there — Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mouse King and Nutcracker himself.

The brilliant thing about the tea is that it’s hosted by the next year’s Tutu Chic co-chairs. Translation: today’s tea chairs — Munson sisters Kathryn Beach, Meg McGonigle and Merry Wyatt — will be chairing the fundraiser where “the champagne flows and the Korshak fashions dance on stage.”

BTW, Tutu Chic Co-chair Paige Slates reported that tomorrow’s fundraiser is sold out. However, you know how that goes. Write the right check and a place just might be found. Wink, wink.

Texas Ballet Holds “Boot Camp” At The Barre Starting Monday

Some Dallas folks treat Fort Worth like it’s a foreign country. Yes, you know it’s there, but it’s such a long distance to drive. Oh, come on! You know better than that. How about a great excuse to head west, feel better and you won’t have to wear cowboy boots!

Texas Ballet Theater workout

The Texas Ballet Theater is holding “Boot Camp” and boots are not necessary. From this Monday through Friday, a class will be held that will not be “your stereotypical frilly ballet class. .  . This class rocks your body through cardio barre, center core work and cardio-blasting movements — all to fun current music.”

Leave the tutu’s at home. Instead wear workout clothes with socks or ballet slippers.

You can either get a pass for the entire week for $99 or a day pass for $20.

Afterwards, why not check out the museums and Sundance Square. Then top it off with a lunch at Joe T.’s.

Photo courtesy of Texas Ballet Theater

Tutu Chic Fashion Show And Luncheon Had Ballerinas, Legs And A Generous Secret Sugar Plum Fairy

Daffan Nettle

Timing is everything. Just ask the four Tutu Chic (aka 2-2) co-chairs (Kristi Hoyl, Daffan Nettle, Paige Slates and Alicia Woods). The quartet took over the reins for the Texas Ballet Theater benefit fashion show and luncheon at the Winspear

Paige Slates

Thursday from the event’s original chairs (Elaine Agather, Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Olivia Kearney), who had been in charge for two years. While it wasn’t the 2011 chairs’ first rodeo, these fundraising vets faced a juggling challenge of having 2-2 on Thursday and the Crystal Charity Ball on Saturday.

What’s that? They had Friday to rest up in between gigs. Evidently, you’re new in town, partner. The CCB committee starts the ball preparations and installation the week of CCB at the Hilton Anatole. So, that meant the foursome were literally on their toes holding down duties for 2-2 and CCB. And you thought they just spent the week at a spa!

Naeem Khan

But the 2011 2-2 foursome were raring to raise funds and fun. Luckily, they had 2-2 vets like Stanley Korshak’s team led by Crawford Brock and Korshak fav designer Naeem Khan, who had been so very impressed with last year’s show that he brought his new collection for the ballerina models to wear.

Limo lineup

As the limos lined up in front of the Winspear and the guests arrived, it became apparent that not all the fashions were going to be on stage. The ladies chatting and champagning in the lobby were making it known that black

Leg fashions

hosiery (opaque, lace, fishnet, floral, stripes, dots and sheer) and boots (leather, fur, feather, over-the-knee, bootie, wedge and flat) are back for the season. As for the issue of where the hems should be, they were all over the place knee-wise — some above, some at and some below.

Tutu Chic models

When it was time for the really big show, all adjourned to the stage with its Nutcracker backdrop. The show did not disappoint. Once again the lithe ballerinas showed off Naeem’s fashions beautifully with their male partners. From short to flowing, the clothes once again proved they could handle any dance step.

Alas, walking was another issue. It seemed that a couple of the very long gowns felt the force of the models’ heels. Hey, but these are ballerinas and they knew how to simply sweep the train aside or pick up the errant skirt nicely as if it were all planned.

Tutu Chic finale

The finale was a kaleidoscope of glitter and vivid colors received with a standing ovation.

After all this, emcee Scott Murray started the bidding for a trip to Naeem’s show in New York during Fashion Week plus a $5,000 outfit. It went for a steal — $4,500. Oh, dear. Last year the trip and a Naeem gift certificate of $3,000 went for $11,000.

A knight was needed to champion the dancers’ cause for support. He appeared. It was Crawford. A man who is no stranger to a microphone or a crowd pled the case with overwhelming sincerity and emotion. He told them

  • how the lovely ballerinas often wait tables and work side jobs to allow them to rehearse and perform.
  • the dancers often go through two pairs of slippers ($80 a pair) a week.
  • unlike hungry professional models, the ballerinas were healthy looking

and on and on.

Nutcracker performers

His quest for the dancers had a definite effect on the guests. It seems that during lunch in Prothro lobby, an anonymous donor (wink, wink) asked how much it would cost to adopt one ballerina. . . well, what about two? . . . say, three? . . . Ah, shoot! The lady decided to cut to the chase and provided the group with an early Christmas gift of $100,000. Nice one, Secret Sugar Plum Fairy.

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

 

Share-A-Date: Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon

Models

Thursday, December 1: The Texas Ballet Theater has scheduled the third Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon for the Winspear. Names of the chairs and details are to be announced soon, but we wanted you to get it down on your calendar now.

You remember this one. It’s a gorgeous gathering of gals on stage watching the fashions being modeled by members of the Texas Ballet company. Needless to say, it’s not your typical fashion show.

FYI: The champagne flows like the Roaring Rapids at Six Flags.

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated.

Tutu Chic Fashion Show Scored “Wow!” Despite Winspear Sniff Factor

While Dallas audiences have been accused by some of being too generous with their standing ovations, the word “Wow!” is another situation entirely. Rarely is the word heard rising from audiences at a fashion show. Usually, the predominantly female audiences smile and nod with approval, as if at a tennis tournament.

Thursday “Wow!” was popping up all over the Winspear stage as Stanley Korshak presented designer Naeem Khan and his collection at the Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon benefiting the Texas Ballet Theater. Instead of the everyday, lean professional models, the runway was strutted and danced with dancers (pictured) from the TBT.

Before the show started, Naeem was asked about the presentation of his Spring 2011 collection at New York’s Fashion Week, when he received a standing ovation from the audience of fashion experts. The former Halston assistant admitted that Fashion Week is a killer and none of the audiences go overboard with praise. If you check out the video, you’ll see Naeem take a bow looking like the proudest peacock on the walk. What you don’t see is the crowd giving him a standing ovation.

But back to Dallas and Tutu. The event started off on a bit of a rocky footing. There was a definite “scent” in the lobby of the Winspear that reminded one how important it is to have a good plumber available 24/7. When asked if the problem was a result of the Virgin America party with Sir Richard Branson and Willie “Six Ounces” Nelson, one organizer said that the odorous situation had been in the air for a couple of days.

Luckily, the crowd gathered at the foot of the stairs and the ladies wearing the scents of Oscar, Armani, Gucci and Michael Kors overcame the Winspear Downwind. Also, adding to the fashion excitement was the arrival of Honorary Chair Nancy Rogers and her entourage (pictured from the left, Nancy Gopez, Tanya Foster, Paige Lane, Nancy Rogers, Donna Baker, Sonia Black, Leisa Street, Sunie Solomon, Kris Johnson and Mary Gill) quickly followed by the Amy Turner posse (pictured from the left, Lori Jones, Raina Snell, Dallas Snadon, Amy Turner and Kathleen Hutchinson).

After a glass or two of champagne, the ladies headed to the stage of the Winspear with its Nutcracker scenery and the fashion show. Co-chair Elaine Agather took to the stage. Korshak’s Crawford Brock‘s smile got bigger and bigger each time Elaine hyped the fabulous clothes available at Korshak. The gal needs to leave the banking world and start being the Korshak spokesperson!

As Naeem’s backstage-man Tim Quinn looked on from the sidelines, the show went on flawlessly with the clothes being displayed beautifully as the ballerinas (pictured) put them through their paces. For evidence, check out MySweetCharity’s “Photo Gallery.”

Then Elaine was back on stage to auction off two tickets to Naeem’s fashion show during Fashion Week and a $3,000 gift certificate toward an outfit. She started at $1,500 and eventually got it up to $4,500 thanks to Dwight Emanuelson, who was on the front row. Elaine admitted that she really wanted to get it up to $5,000. With that teamwork got into play. Naeem kicked in $500 to make it happen, then Dwight  added a bit more change with Nancy Rogers and Crawford kicking in, too, until the number hit $11,000+.  Co-chair Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Olivia Kearney (pictured right with, from the left, Gina Betts, Nancy Rogers, Tanya Foster, Naeem Khan and Elaine Agather) were dazzled by Elaine’s auctioneering talents as well as the “kick in” attitude of the bidders.

With a nice bit of change going to the TBT and the ladies button holing Naeem’s folks as well as Crawford’s about pieces that they were interested in, the group headed to lunch in the lobby of the Winspear. . . the part of the lobby that was way far away from odorous side.

Congratulations to the two-year old event that earned a “Wow!” from fashion lovers and some nice financial support for Dallas dancers.

Tutu Chic Patrons Party Bodes Fashionable Luncheon Today

If you’re putting on your best duds for today’s Tutu Chic Luncheon at the Winspear, you’re gonna feel right at home with the rest of the gals. Let’s just say that Wednesday night’s patrons party hosted by Claire and Dwight Emanuelson (pictured left with Claire Emanuelson)  at their gem of a home was just a warm-up of fabulous things to come.

Since Wednesday’s weather was perfect for the Emanuelsons’ outdoor entertainment area with its fireplace, the group of fashionable types gathered there. While Claire worried that it might be too chilly, Dwight just stoked up the fireplace a smidge.

Despite the fact that two of the Tutu Chic founders were MIA (Gina Betts had to take care of an international client and Tanya Foster was helping get the Anatole ready for Saturday’s Crystal Charity Ball), Elaine Agather (pictured) and Olivia Kearney were fashionably holding down the fort.

Designer Naeem Khan and his Director 0f Sales Tim Quinn along with a Stanley Korshak entourage (Crawford Brock, Rose Clark and Ann Sappington) were deep in conversation with locals nonprofessional fashion experts Sunie Solomon in Jimmy Choo black feathered boots and matching purse and Barbara Daseke (pictured right with, from the left, Sunie Solomon and Olivia Kearney) in a gold and silver glittering pencil skirt. 

Oh, by the way, if you haven’t picked up on it, stockings are back. No, not support hose. Oh, please! Think opaque, sheer, lace, anything goes except naked legs. They’re so yesterday.

Sidenote: The Winspear is going to show its versatility today. Just last night Virgin Airlines had Willie Nelson on stage and today it will be the prima ballerinas from the Texas Ballet Theater and models.

Tutu Chic Luncheon Will Be A Too-Too-Must Attend

Last year‘s Tutu Chic Luncheon may have been one of the most fun fund raising secrets of the season. For its first time on the society calendar, it had the guests on the Winspear stage sipping champagne, eyeballing Korshak fashion and enjoying  dancers Texas Ballet Theater (pictured).

The Tutu Foursome chair-gals (Elaine Agather, Gina Betts, Tanya Foster and Olivia Kearney) who pulled it off last year decided to do an encore on Thursday, December 2, same place, same agenda.

With Nancy C. Rogers as the honorary chair, you just knew they were going to up the ante and they did with flair. Designer Naeem Khan will make a guest appearance for the event.

Champagne reception starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by the on-stage fashion presentation and the seated luncheon in the lobby of the opera house.

Tickets were going quickly, so move your tutu by calling Jeanne Cassidy at 877.828.9200, Ext. 110.

BTW, the underwriters include the following ballet lovers:

$25,000 — Nancy C. Rogers

$5,000 —  Jacqueline Barrett, Nancy Carlson, Jolie Humphrey, Holly Lydick /Shannon Hart, PaperCity and Priscilla Martin

$2,500Cassandra Fine Catering, Jeanne Marie Clossey, Barbara Daseke, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson and Wells Fargo

$1,500Elaine Agather, Terry Dallas, Lisa Barfield Kopecky, Courtney Marcus/Diane Byrd, Cynthia Miller, Jennifer Staubach and Kelly Van Den Handel

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #6

Since TACA benefits the arts, it’s only fitting that an auction item involves the Texas Ballet Theater. While some think the ballet package suitable for a grandmother or mother to gift a coterie of little ones, it just might be perfect for gals who struggled through ballet lessons a couple of decades ago.

Item #6 — Sunday Holiday Brunch and Ballet with the Girls – Sunday, December 5. (Value: Priceless)

On Sunday, December 5, a dozen friends will start the day with a brunch in “The Glass House” on the second floor of Neiman Marcus’ flagship store. During the feast, a couple of winners from the Youth American Grand Prix International Ballet Competition Award will drop by for photos and to sign autographs with each of the guests. For those not aware of the ballet world, the visit by the twosome would be like having the competing quarterbacks for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic stop by to “Hi.”

Then it’s off to the Winspear to attend the Texas Ballet Theater’s performance of The Nutcracker. While other patrons will go to the lobby during intermission, not your group. Heavens, no! Your dozen will go backstage for a tour and have the performers sign a pair of pointe shoes for each of your guests to take home.

But it doesn’t end for your Cinderella following the performance. One lucky member of your group will have classes with the Texas Ballet Theater School  in either the spring or fall semester of 2011. The tough part will be your deciding who will be the fortunate prima ballerina.