By Ansley Brown
The Jeté Society‘s Dance Party at the House of Sweden on Georgetown’s waterfront was a frenzy of fun, music, dancing, and of course Washington’s loyal supporters of The Washington Ballet. Guests dined on finger foods and sipped champagne from the open bar as they two-stepped to the Winn Brothers Band’s performance. The event chairmen were no other than Winston Bao Lord and the beautiful Ashley Taylor. Other noted guests in attendance were Sara Lange, Jessie Cochran, Pamela Pressley, Natalie Grigorian, Michael Hill, Simon Joseph, and Sloane Hurst. The gala is featured every spring as an inspiration and clear message to spread the message of dance to everyone in the Washington area.
The Washington Ballet has a long history of influence in the Washington area. The Jeté Society is comprised of artistic, fun-loving young professionals between the ages of 21 and 45 who admire the ballet and its contribution to society. The Jeté Society sponsors events to raise awareness about this particular art form. The event,which is held at a different embassy each year, incorporates different art forms into their feature performance. This year tap dancer, Ryan Johnson wowed the crowd with his amazing dance craft. Johnson has been featured in numerous plays and showcases around the country including a performance in The Washington Ballet’s Great Gatsby. The Jeté Society’s sold out gala honored The Washington Ballet in the best way possible by providing guests the opportunity to show their support for the arts while dancing the night away. This was truly a night to celebrate ballet as a classical dance form and showcase its greatness to the people who loyally support it.