Dance With Me

Ballet Arizona gala raises $420K, honors Billie Jo and Judd Herberger

Adrienne Schiffner, her co-chairs Barbara Ottosen and Daryl Weil, and their committee created a magical evening for the more than 300 guests at Dance With Me, Ballet Arizona’s annual gala. The soiree at Phoenix Art Museum on Jan. 25 raised more than $420,000 for the Ballet’s artistic and community programming. The evening honored longtime Ballet Arizona supporters and community philanthropists Billie Jo and Judd Herberger.

Judd and Billie Jo Herberger

Following the cocktail hour, guests moved into the Great Hall to enjoy Creating The Firebird, a behind-the-scenes documentary. New York-based costume designer Fabio Toblini, who worked collaboratively with artistic director Ib Andersen on costumes for The Firebird, was in attendance. The evening’s theme paid homage to the traditional characteristics of The Firebird with bold red and gold colors and a traditional Russian-themed menu. Tables were beautifully decorated by White House Design Studio.

Ballet Arizona recognized dancers Rochelle Anvik and Helio Lima with the Hazel Hare Award for Artistic Excellence. In its second year, the award honors Hazel Hare for her transformational $4 million endowment gift.

Following dinner, guests filled the dance floor, dancing with the professional ballet dancers.


Tables in the Great Hall

Ballet Arizona dancers with Barbara Ottosen, Adrienne Schiffner and Daryl Weil

Charles and Joan Berry, Maria, Samuel and Tina Jacobs, and Peggy Ensign

Dancer Amber Lewis and Chip Weil

Jacquie Dorrance and Ib Andersen

Carol and Randy Schilling

Don Fowls and Stephen Bansak

Charlie Ray, Scott Burdick, Juliette Yares, William Lykins, David Michael Miller and Grant Almquist

Chris Greulich and Matthew Boland

Samantha Turner, Ballet Arizona executive director, and Ib Andersen

Dancer Ricardo Santos, Susan Palmer-Hunter, dancer Nayon Iovino, and Joan Berry

Dance floor fun

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