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Texas Ballet Theater takes philanthropy to new heights at thrilling fashion show

Texas Ballet Theater takes philanthropy to new heights for TuTu Chic

Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon
A Texas Ballet Theater dancer shows off his amazing talent at the 2014 TuTu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon.  Photo by Andy Keye
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Texas Ballet Theater dancers served as models during the fashion presenation. Photo by Andy Keye
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Texas Ballet Theater dancers showed they have the moves during the fashion show. Photo by Andy Keye
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TBT dancers modeled looks from Stanley Korshak and Naeem Khan. Photo by Andy Keye
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Group photo with TuTu Chic major donors, event chairs and TBT dancers. Photo by Andy Keye
Sunie Solomon, Lynn McBee, tutu chic
Sunie Solomon, Lynn McBee Photo by Andy Keye
Jamie Jo Hayes, Terra Najork, Dawn Greiner,  Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber, tutu chic
Jamie Jo Hayes, Terra Najork, Dawn Greiner, Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber Photo by Andy Keye
Bri Crum, Jackson, Christina White, tutu chic
Bri Crum, Jackson, Christina White  Photo by Andy Keye
Kameron Westcott, Christina White, Tutu chic
Christina White, Kameron Westcott Photo by Andy Keye
Jacqui Bogucki, Kelly Turner, Saundra Steinberg, Lauren McBride, Courtney Marcus, tutu chic
Courtney Marcus, Lauren McBride, Saundra Steinberg, Kelly Turner, Jacqui Bogucki Photo by Andy Keye
Louella Martin, Ben Stevenson, Donna Arp-Weitzman, Betty Jean Willbanks, tutu chic
Betty Jean Willbanks, Donna Arp-Weitzman, Ben Stevenson, Louella Martin  Photo by Andy Keye
Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon
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Sunie Solomon, Lynn McBee, tutu chic
Jamie Jo Hayes, Terra Najork, Dawn Greiner,  Angela Choquette, Cary Deuber, tutu chic
Bri Crum, Jackson, Christina White, tutu chic
Kameron Westcott, Christina White, Tutu chic
Jacqui Bogucki, Kelly Turner, Saundra Steinberg, Lauren McBride, Courtney Marcus, tutu chic
Louella Martin, Ben Stevenson, Donna Arp-Weitzman, Betty Jean Willbanks, tutu chic

On a chilly December morning, Dallas’ most fashionable philanthropists danced their way to the Winspear Opera House for the annual TuTu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon. The highly anticipated event merges two art forms — fashion and dance — to benefit Texas Ballet Theater (TBT).

For starters, event chairs Kameron Westcott and Christina White welcomed guests during a champagne reception, where anticipation was mounting for this year’s show featuring TBT dancers-turned-models. Once the show bell rang, guests filed into the auditorium and took their seats, which were arranged tightly around the stage for an intimate, unforgettable afternoon.

Emceed by Jackson and Bri Crum, the fashion presentation showcased the best of Stanley Korshak and designer Naeem Khan, and models glided, twirled and leapt down the runway in their looks. Audience members gasped and clapped as these incredible dancers performed in high fashion what most cannot do in workout clothes.

When the show came to a close, it was time to raise money for the ballerinas who had just wowed the crowd. Stanley Korshak’s Crawford Brock spoke about his admiration for TBT and its artistic director, Ben Stevenson, and asked the audience to consider giving a donation for dancers to buy a season’s worth of pointe shoes. Each pair costs $80, and TBT spends as much as $80,000 a year ensuring its dancers have the footwear they need.

Supporters — including Lynn McBee, Candy Evans, MacKenzie Rodgers, Nancy Owen, Lindsay Billingsley and Nikki Hunt — then made their way back to the lobby for a lavish lunch. As they dined, ballerinas came by the tables to collect donations, and the group cheered when anonymous, large donations continued to pour in for the cause.

As the only fully professional classical ballet company of the region, the Texas Ballet Theater consists of 42 dancers and two ballet academies serving a total of 365 students. There is still time to check them out in this year’s performance of The Nutcracker.