A benefit supporting the next generation of great dance artists

Earlier this month Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) hosted their annual fundraising gala. This year’s theme was drawn from the iconic film Casablanca, inspired with a Moroccan aesthetic throughout.

The annual event raises funds for the Professional Ballet Program students and plays a key role in the School’s annual fundraising, raising 30% of the annual goal in a single night.

Besides the cocktail party and four-course, gourmet Moroccan dinner by à la Carte Kitchen Inc., the evening featured dancing by some of National Ballet School’s students (naturally) and a luxury raffle. Canadian soprano Antonella Cavallaro serenaded the crowd with songs from the 40’s. For a bit of extra fun, the Carlu transformed into a casino and lounge complete with blackjack, poker, roulette and craps.

New to this year’s Gala, NBS followed the trend of many other arts and culture establishments and offered “35 and Under” tickets at a reduced price. This is a great idea all around. It allows young adults, the next generation of patrons, the opportunity to attend these events and learn about the beauty of the arts, which otherwise is often unattainable.

NBS by the Numbers

• $850,000 Funds were expected to be raised at the Casablanca Gala

• 30% Percentage of total annual fundraising budget generated by the Casablanca Gala

• 72% Percentage of Professional Ballet Program students requiring financial assistance

• 54 years the NBS has been dedicated to the training of professional dancers and teachers

Casablanca Gala, National Ballet School


Casablanca Gala, National Ballet School

Casablanca Gala, The Carlu, National Ballet School

Casablanca Gala, The Carlu, National Ballet School

For more on Canada’s National Ballet School please visit their website:  (NBS)

Photos: Mix & mingle/fashion photos were taken by Tom Sandler Photography

Décor/food/entertainment shots were taken by Garrison McArthur Photographers.

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