Story by Tiffany C. DuBois, photos by Eric Morales, Brice Goldberg and Kevin Wallace
The Philadelphia contemporary ballet company Ballet X held their annual premier party on the 50th floor of Sky Philadelphia, located at 1717 Arch Street. The event was not just a premier party. It was a night to celebrate dance, music and three important people who have supported Ballet X throughout the years. It was a night to honor Damian Wetzel and Janet and Jim Averill. Their strength, support and belief in Ballet X has helped the ballet company grow every year and has helped them become a more recognizable name, not just in the Philadelphia area but nationwide.
The evening featured a wonderful cocktail reception followed by a fantastic sit down dinner. Guests were also treated to several performances throughout the evening. Cellist Wendy Sutter preformed for the guests not once but twice, during the cocktail reception and during dinner. Members of Ballet X also preformed several times during the sit down dinner much to the delight of the packed dining room.
The evening was capped off with a live auction. Guests enthusiastically bid on everything from trips to Vail or New York City to dinner with the artistic team or a special 14 carat white gold Parisian flower pendant modeled throughout the evening by Ballet X dancer Caili Quan.
It was a wonderful evening in many ways. The food and drinks served throughout the evening were top notch. The views of the Philadelphia skyline from atop the 50th floor of Sky Philadelphia were breathtaking, especially as night fell on the city. But more importantly, it was a special evening because of the overwhelming love and support the guests have with Ballet X. There can be no doubt that this ballet company will continue to grow, especially with people like Damian Wetzel and Janet and Jim Averill in their corner.
Ballet X started just over 10 years ago in Philadelphia and are in the process of launching their 2017 spring series, which begins on April 26th and runs through May 7th at the Wilma Theatre. You can find out more information about Ballet X and their performances at BalletX.org.