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Ballet Austin’s Fête & fête*ish 2012
Ballet Austin

June, 2012

WHO:               Ballet Austin



WHAT:              Fête 2012 and fête*ish 2012



WHEN:             Friday, September 21, 2012



                                    Fête 2012 ~ 6 pm



                                    fête*ish 2012 ~ 8 pm – midnight



WHERE:           The Driskill Hotel






Fête: Limited single tickets available: $500, $750 and $1000; Tables from $5,000



Contact:  Suzie Carter: 512.476.9151, ext. 109



fête*ish:  Single tickets $100 if purchased by June 15; $125 after



IMAGES:          Photos and logos available for download here (please note photo credits):








“Ballet Austin has perfected  the art of the blended gala…”  –Austin American-Statesman  “Always incredible”  A “high-glam extravaganza”  –The Austin Chronicle  AUSTIN, TX (June 11, 2012) — A snow flurry is set to hit Austin’s landmark Driskill HotelSeptember 21, 2012, as Ballet Austin kicks off the gala season with its annual fundraiserFête 2012 and companion event fête*ish 2012. This year’s events mark a milestone as Ballet Austin celebrates the 50th Golden Anniversary of The Nutcracker in decadent Victorian style.



Ballet Austin’s annual Fête and fête*ish open both the Company’s performance season and Austin’s gala line-up where business leaders, social mavens and arts patrons of all ages gather to mix, mingle, dine, dance, and to raise funds for Ballet Austin’s community education programs, which serve more than 57,000 Central Texans each year.



Ballet Austin’s Fête Gala Dinner – 6pm



Hailed as Austin’s best black tie event attracting the city’s top luminaries, Fête is an elegant experience like no other. Hosted at some of the most exclusive downtown addresses, Ballet Austin chose The Driskill Hotel this year to commemorate the milestone year for Austin’s favorite holiday tradition The Nutcracker as well as a significant milestone for The Driskill, celebrating its Victorian-era opening 125 years ago. With a limited 220 seats available for Fête2012, guests will enjoy Nutcracker-inspired custom cocktails and a signature multi-course themed cuisine by The Driskill Hotel, as well as live entertainment and exclusive VIP access to the Ballet Barre & lounge filled with dreamy sweets, worldly treats and glistening surprises atfête*ish.



Ballet Austin’s fête*ish – 8pm



Later in the evening, the properly Victorian Fête intersects with the notorious and whimsicalfête*ishAt 8pm, fête*ish turns up the volume and turns down the lights with exquisite morsels, libations, Nutcracker-themed photo booths, and dancing ignited by Austin’s best entertainers and DJs – all designed to delightfully assault the senses. With lavishly sweet surprises around every corner, fête*ish holds its guests captivated until the clock strikes midnight.



Fête and fête*ish 2012 Leadership



Fête is chaired by Jon Ivester, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Austin-based Silicon Laboratories and President of the Board of Directors at Ballet Austin, and wife Jo Ivester, adjunct professor at St. Edwards University. Fête producing chair is Amy Rudy, a pastFête chair who has also served several Austin-area non-profits including AIDS Services of Austin, the All Austin Co-op Nursery School, Paramount & State Theatres, The Dell Jewish Community Center, Arthouse, St. Andrew’s, and many more.



The Fête 2012 Committee consists of Rick Bennett (Durbin Bennett Peterson/Private Wealth Management), Mike Blue (Ernst & Young LLP), Marla Bommarito-Crouch (The Bommarito Group), Blaine Bull (ViaNovo), Sarah Butler (Patron of the Arts and President of Ballet Austin Foundation), Jeff Coddington (Oxford Commercial), Priscilla Cortez (The Cortez Insurance Agency), Lorrie Garcia (Ballet Austin Guild President-Elect), Jennifer Guthrie (JPMorgan Chase), Christopher Han (Cedar Creek Developers), Alex Ladage (UBS), Jennene Mashburn (Patron of the Arts and Ballet Austin Guild), Cord Shiflet (Moreland Properties), Will Steakley (DEN Property Group), Jeff Trigger (La Corsha Hospitality Group), Alex Winkelman (Citizen Generation), and Sarah Ziegler (Jackson Arch Properties).



The fête*ish 2012 committee is chaired by Alex Winkleman, executive director of Citizen Generation, and includes Eleanor Bartosh, Jason Berkowitz & Matt Smith, A.J. Bingham, Tanner Bond, Christy Cook, Krystle Copulos, Maren Curtis, Lauren Smith Ford & Bennett Ford, Lauren Fornes, Vanessa Fuentes, Kathryn Hamilton, Candace Honey, Elizabeth Hufnagel, Jonny Rodgers, Natalie Varner, and Adam Zeplain.



For tickets or for more information about Ballet Austin’s Fête and fête*ish, or call 512.476.9151.



Stephen Mills, Artistic Director



Stephen Mills has created more than 40 works for companies in the United States and abroad. His ballets are in the repertories of such companies as The Atlanta Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cuballet in Havana, Cuba, BalletMet Columbus, The Dayton Ballet, The Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Ballet Pacifica, Dallas Black Dance Theater, The Louisville Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet and Kaleidoscope. He has worked in collaboration with such luminaries as the eight-time Grammy Award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel and Shawn Colvin. In addition to his work as a choreographer, Mr. Mills is committed as a master teacher to developing dancers. He has been a teacher at many pre-professional academies including Goucher College; Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas; The Virginia School of the Arts; The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts; Stephens College and Point Park College in Pittsburgh. Mr. Mills also serves on the Board of Trustees of the national dance service organization, Dance USA. The 2012/13 season marks Mr. Mills’ 12th anniversary as Artistic Director of Ballet Austin.



About Ballet Austin



As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its’ “classically innovative” vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to creating access to programs and one of the nation's largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. From their home at the Butler Dance Education Center in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and Artistic Director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike.  The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin “a company with big ambitions” originating work that is “absorbing.”








501 West Third Street



Austin, Texas 78701





Box Office:                   512.476.2163   



Schools:                       512.476.9150   



General info:                 512.476.9151


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