Calling all flappers: Canada’s National Ballet School’s annual fundraiser gala goes Gatsby

Feb 06 2013 by
Categories : Culture

Photo courtesy of Canada’s National Ballet School.

The glitz and glamour of seeing some of Canada’s best dancers-in-training perform against the swish backdrop of an Art Deco-ed-out Arcadian Court & Loft can only mean one thing:
Canada’s National Ballet School’s annual fundraiser gala is inspired by all things Gatsby. This year’s soirée, which is expected to bring in $800,000 to help support the school’s financial assistance programs, features exclusive performances by NBS students, class-act raffle prizes and a Gatsby casino and lounge. We chatted with Brittany McLeod, the NBS’s developments officer, events, for a rundown of the ultra-swank evening and the opportunities it helps provide to students.
What does the annual gala mean for Canada’s National Ballet School? "It is an important event that introduces influential and supportive individuals to the School’s mission and helps to raise the profile of the work that we do. It also provides a performance opportunity for the students; which is a key part of their ongoing training. Canada’s National Ballet School is a formal training institution, so there aren’t very many opportunities for the public to experience our student’s as they perform. This is what set’s our gala a part from other fundraising dinners for both students and guests alike."
Read on about the Gatsby-inspired student performances!

Can you give us a hint as to the various performances we’ll see that night? "The Gatsby Gala is a 1920s/1930s Deco twist on the current trend we’re seeing just about everywhere this year. The performance program and various live musical elements of the evening have been given a splash of Deco that hints on that bygone era."
How did you decide on Gatsby as the theme for this year’s gala? "The annual gala had not been associated with a given theme in many years. The 2013 Gatsby Gala Committee had a vision from the onset to design an evening inspired by friends mixing and mingling with friends, and no one did it better than the Deco era when parties were as frequent as the libations were flowing!"
When we hear Gatsby, we think of the infinite possibilities for costume, décor and vibe! "There has been incredible buzz and excitement, from guests who have had the perfect frock in mind for months to those that have enjoyed the opportunity to accessorize and detail ’til their heart’s content! There is certainly no shortage of inspiration in today’s storefronts and magazines and we hope that our Gatsby guests will enjoy the creation process as much as we have."
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