Houston Ballet Ball Dazzles With Regal Russian Gala 

By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Pricilla Dickson and Wilson Parish

THE SCENE: The Houston Ballet’s Ballet Ball transported attendees to frosty Russia from the moment they set foot in the Wortham Theater Center. Blue organza and strategic ambiance lighting cast an icy glow on the well-heeled crowd of almost 500 attendees. Guests were treated to an ice sculpture replica of St. Basil’s Cathedral, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, as well as ice cold vodka indigenous to the country.

THE VIBE: The Russian theme, a nod to Tchaikovsky and the upcoming Houston Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty, began with the décor. Jackson and Company meticulously crafted a one-of-a-kind menu, including Royal Transmontanus caviar and Beef Stroganoff. Dessert, however, may have been the pièce de résistance of the entire evening: Russian Medovik (a unique honey layer cake) in the form of colorful, handcrafted Fabergé eggs adding a familiar touch to a somewhat unfamiliar dessert course.

THE CAUSE: The annual gala extravaganza was chaired by Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, and honored Jesse H. Jones, II, one of Houston Ballet’s most generous and prolific supporters. The ball raised almost $1 million inclusive of a silent auction, for Houston Ballet’s mission: To inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreograph, and superb educational programs.

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