Dance With Me Gala Honors Long-Time Supporters Carol and Randy Schilling

Party raises funds for education and community outreach programs of Ballet Arizona.

Ballet Arizona hosted its Dance With Me Gala at Phoenix Art Museum on Jan. 20. More than 300 guests attended the lively soiree that combined a dance performance with dinner and dancing to the music of Jo & the Birdman. The event honored long-time supporters Carol and Randy Schilling.

For the occasion, Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona artistic director, created “The Evolution of a Dancer,” a world premiere ballet. The performance featured students from various levels of The School of Ballet Arizona with choreography created to showcase the skills, passion and dedication students need to become professional ballet dancers, culminating in a Pas de Deux from two of Ballet Arizona’s company members. During the cocktail hour, guests had an up-close view of students’ technique and style as they warmed up at a ballet barre.

The committee, led by Sharron Lewis, chair, and A.J. Dickey, Gwen Hillis and Ricki Dee Jennings, co-chairs, raised more than $450,000 toward the ballet’s education and community outreach programs. This event and others enable Ballet Arizona to expand its Dance for Parkinson’s class to twice weekly and create new programs such as Creative Aging for seniors.


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Kay Nadel with Ballet Arizona dancers

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Jillian Barrell and Helio Lima, Ballet Arizona dancers

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Joan and Charlie Berry

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Billie Jo and Judd Herberger

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Rebecca Ailes-Fine and Peter Fine

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Brian Brady, Sharron Lewis and Marel Brady

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Dance With Me chairs with Ballet Arizona Dancers

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Libby and Joel Cohen

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Dancer Chelsea Teel and Peter Fine

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Mary and Jeff Ehret

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Don Fowls and Amber Lewis

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Susie Fowls and Susan Bansak

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Francie Hansen and Alejandro Mendoza

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Durrell Hillis, Michelle Vagi, John and Ricki Dee Jennings, and Francie Hansen

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Amber Lewis and Chip Weil

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Jean Marley and Chuck and Laurie Goldstein

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Alejandro Mendez, Joseph Cavanaugh, Billie Jo Herberger, Adrienne Schiffner, Nayon Lovino and Randy Pacheco

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Harry and Rose Papp

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Randy and Carol Schilling, Suzannah Kellner and Ib Andersen

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Christophe and Joanne Sevrain

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Students of The School of Ballet Arizona

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Daryl Weil, Sally Lehmann, and Michael and Tina Higgins

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Christi Worsley, Nancy Swanson and Ellen Solowey

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