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Poster for Annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala Performance

12th Annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala Performance

The USC Dance Company shares the stage with ballet's brightest stars, all company members of The New York City Ballet, March 19th at the Koger Center!

12th Annual
Ballet Stars of New York
Gala Performance

March 19, 2017
Koger Center for the Arts
1051 Greene St.

Show Time: 

$15  Students
$25  2nd Balcony 
$30  1st Balcony
$35  Orchestra

Reserve tickets by calling 

Or purchase online at

Scheduled performances of: 
Raymonda Variations by George Balanchine
Who Cares? by George Balanchine
Barber Violin Concerto Pas de Deux by Peter Martins


Dancing at the Starlight Ballroom
After-Party with the Stars!  

Includes orchestra seating at the performance and post-performance party backstage at the Koger Center!

Honorary Chairs: USC President Harris Pastides &
First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides

Gala Chairs: Jan Jernigan & Gillian Albrecht

Music by Mark Rapp and his band
Fine Dining by Loosh Culinaire

To purchase gala tickets,
Contact Sabrina McClure in the main office of the dance program.


Six of the ballet world’s brightest talents will shine on the Koger Center stage March 19th, as the University of South Carolina Dept. of Theatre and Dance presents the 12th Annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala Performance.

Show time is at 5pm.  Tickets for the performance are $35 for Orchestra seating, $25-$30 for balcony seating, and $15 for students. Tickets can be reserved through the Koger Center box office by phone 803-777-5112 or online at  The Koger Center is located at 1051 Greene St.

The concert will feature world-renowned New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Sara Mearns (a Columbia native), Jared Angle, Joaquin De Luz, Megan Fairchild, Brittany Pollack, and Emilie Gerrity, performing alongside students from the USC Dance Company and the USC Symphony.  University ballet instructor Stacey Calvert, a former soloist with the New York City Ballet, is directing the concert.  Maestro Donald Portnoy will lead the USC Symphony.  

Scheduled for the performance are three iconic ballets from the New York City Ballet repertoire, including:  

  • Raymonda Variations by George Balanchine, legendary founder of the New York City Ballet. Balanchine’s take on the classic Russian ballet Raymonda, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, is a joyful, playful work set to the music of Alexander Glazunov.
  • Barber Violin Concerto Pas de Deux by current NYCB Artistic Director Peter Martins, a dance which fuses classical and modern styles, demonstrating what The New York Times called “Mr. Martin’s best attributes as a choreographer: a gift for ingenious partnering; an unpredictable responsiveness to the music; a craftsmanship in moving dancers around the stage.”
  • The full-length ballet Who Cares?, George Balanchine’s whimsical dance tribute to the music of George Gershwin, described by The New York Times as “Balanchine’s juxtaposition of ballet and Broadway flair.”  Sixteen Gershwin tunes, all composed between 1924 and 1931, are featured.

Mearns, described in The New York Times as “very possibly the most talked of ballerina in America,” first gained major recognition with the New York City Ballet in 2006 performing the lead role of Odette/Odile in Peter Martin’s Swan Lake.  She was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2008, and has since earned high praise for her roles in, among many other ballets, The Nutcracker, Serenade, Symphony in C, Mozartiana and Walpurgisnacht.  In recent years, Mearns has expanded her celebrity through performances in the Tony-nominated Broadway show On the Town, a Bessie Award-winning performance in Paul McCartney’s Ocean’s Kingdom, and participation in fashion campaigns for such brands as Cole Haan, Danskin and Guerlain.  Mearns began her ballet training at Columbia’s Calvert-Brodie School of Dance, under the tutelage of Ann Brodie.  

An elegant gala fundraiser, with a “Dancing at the Starlight Ballroom” theme, will follow the performance.  A special ticket, available only through the USC Dance Program office, will admit guests to the party, to be held backstage at the Koger Center.  The party will include fine cuisine by Loosh Culinaire, and dancing to the music of Mark Rapp and his band.  The ticket also provides guests orchestra seating during the concert and free valet parking.  

Gala tickets are $150 per person, and are available by calling Sabrina McClure in the USC Dance Program at 803-777-1001.  Sponsorship opportunities for the evening are also available, with levels ranging from $500 to $10,000.  All proceeds benefit scholarships for the talented students in the university’s fast-growing dance program, recently described in Dance Magazine as “one of the top three university programs to consider for classical ballet training.”

For more information on the 12th Annual Ballet Stars of New York Gala Performance or the dance program at the University of SC, contact Kevin Bush by phone at 803-777-9353 or via email at


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