An Evening Among the Stars (of New York City Ballet)

On Friday night the University of South Carolina (USC) Department of Theatre of Dance presented its 11th annual Gala Performance of "Ballet Stars of New York."

NYC Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns, a Columbia SC native, as Odette in Balanchine's "Swan Lake." 

NYC Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns, a Columbia SC native, as Odette in Balanchine's "Swan Lake." 

Seven principal dancers of the world-famous New York City Ballet traveled to Columbia, SC for a single performance in collaboration with the USC Dance Company. Accompanied by the USC Symphony, the seven stars shared the stage with the USC student dancers for a delightful evening featuring George Balanchine's "Donizetti Variations," Jerome Robbins' gorgeous "In the Night," and Balanchine's classic "Swan Lake." 

What a rare and special opportunity for USC dance students to interact and dance alongside some of the best dancers in the world! And for the audience, to witness the brilliant artistry of Jared and Tyler Angle, Megan Fairchild, Chase Finlay, Gonzalo Garcia, Rebecca Krohn and Columbia-native Sara Mearns on the stage of the intimate Koger Center. 

The event was particularly special for Augusta Ballet Office Manager Lisa Pham, as it was her first attendance of a live ballet. A classical musician, Pham has accompanied performances but only experienced the action onstage via the interpretation of her conductor. On Friday, she was "near tears" as she witnessed the strivings of serious students of dance, as well as the finesse of the Ballet Stars of New York.