ABT Gala in Los Angeles

Veronika Part, Jane Kaczmarek, Frances Whitford
“Stars Under the Stars” Fetes American Ballet Theatre


The event: “Stars under the Stars” to benefit the American Ballet Theatre helped launch the 75th anniversary season of the celebrated dance company, which has been home to such dance greats as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova.

The scene: Guests meandered through Jeanne and Tony Pritzker’s home in Beverly Hills with its soaring ceilings, indoor/outdoor rooms and wraparound lawns, before adjourning to the tennis court for dinner. Given the heat of the day on Sept. 16, the evening breezes were more than welcome as the dancers performed excerpts from four ballets: “Seven Sonatas,” “Cinderella,” “Swan Lake” and a new composition, “Toccare.”

Jane Kaczmarek of “Malcolm in the Middle” wore diamond earrings by the night’s sponsor Piaget. She was accompanied by her daughter, Frances Whitford, 16. Kaczmarek said that although she has always been interested in ballet…


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Click here to read the entire story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times.

Scroll down to see more pictures from the dinner at the Standard Downtown in Los Angeles.


Top photo: ABT Dancer Veronika Part greets Jane Kaczmarek and daughter Frances Whitford as the ABT Gala in Los Angeles, “Stars Under the Stars” (photo, Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Second photo: ABT dancer Arron Scott takes flight at the ABT Gala in Los Angeles, “Stars Under the Stars” (photo, Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)




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ABT Gala in Los Angeles

Published Sept. 21, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA