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The "Halo" effect: Ballet Ball honors Lynn Wyatt with special tribute from 19 male dancers

The "Halo" effect: Ballet Ball honors Lynn Wyatt with special tribute from 19 male dancers

Along with her portrait by Andy Warhol and the song written for her by Elton John, Lynn Wyatt can now add a dance routine, specially choreographed for her by Houston Ballet's Stanton Welch, to her rich cache of cultural mementos.

As Beyoncé's recording of "Halo" filled the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center Saturday night, Welch led a coterie of 18 male dancers in a rock-inspired tribute.

It was a Ballet Ball that will surely stand out in the annals of grand galas not only for this creative interlude but also for the decor, awash in LED lighting, the first time that such a vast array of colorful lighting defined the decorative space. Kudos to ball chairs Kelli Cohen Fein, stunning in a Carolina Herrera gown, and Martin Fein for their vision in divining the "Rites of Spring" theme.

Once Beyoncé's tune ended, Lynn quipped, "I'll see you guys in my dressing room later."  

The Grand Foyer has never been more beautiful. Think thousands and thousands of lights covering decorative trees that rose from the tables as centerpieces. Vast swaths of LED lighting in green draped over the balconies as if it truly were a spring setting. The Events Co. created the decor that had spring garden flowers peeking from the base of each centerpiece.

Before Welch and his dancers filled the dance floor, La Wyatt was introduced by dear friends, designer Carolina Herrera and Edward Djerejian, director of Rice University's Baker Institute. Also on the program was Houston Ballet Foundation president Karl Stern, representing Vinson & Elkins, which was also honored.

Once Beyoncé's tune ended, Lynn quipped, "I'll see you guys in my dressing room later." 

It was a rare moment as Welch acknowledged that he "never" dances in public. "Only for Lynn," he said. "I felt like I wanted to make it something special for her."

None applauded with more enthusiasm than Lynn's two sons — Brad Wyatt and Steve Wyatt, the latter in from Washington with his wife Cate.

Rounding out the collection of beautiful people were top table buyers Diane Lokey Farb and Margaret Alkek Williams. Both of whom with their dates, Mark Sullivan and Jim Daniel, respectively, were among those dancing to the sounds of the Richard Brown Orchestra. Their largesse and that of other supporters earned $760,000 for the Houston Ballet.

Among the 500 guests savoring the scrumptious dinner from Tony's were Houston Ballet executive director Jim Nelson, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Ann Stern, Leticia Loya, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Joella and Steve Mach, Carmen and Butch Mach, Linda and Dr. Walter McReynolds, Pat Breen, Rose and Harry Cullen, Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss, Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Cabrina and Steven Owsley and Leigh and Reggie Smith.

006 , Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Martin Fein, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
Martin Fein , Kelli Cohen Fein Photo by Morris Malakoff
034, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Lynn Wyatt
Lynn Wyatt Photo by Morris Malakoff
027, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, crowd, venue
Photo by Morris Malakoff
016, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Carolina Herrera, Stanton Welch, Lynn Wyatt
Carolina Herrera , Stanton Welch , Lynn Wyatt Photo by Morris Malakoff
012 , Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Nelson
Margaret Alkek Williams , Jim Nelson Photo by Morris Malakoff
002, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Diane Lokey Farb, Mark Sullivan
Diane Lokey Farb , Mark Sullivan Photo by Morris Malakoff
028, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, crowd, venue
Photo by Morris Malakoff
020, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013,  Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor
Bobby Tudor , Phoebe Tudor Photo by Morris Malakoff
031, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Carolina Herrera, Edward Djerejian, Kelli Cohen Fein, Martin Fein
Carolina Herrera , Edward Djerejian , Kelli Cohen Fein , Martin Fein Photo by Morris Malakoff
023, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, crowd, venue
Photo by Morris Malakoff
011, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Brandon Cochran, Audrey Cochran
Brandon Cochran , Audrey Cochran Photo by Morris Malakoff
007, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, James Stewart, Erin Steward, Annsley Popov, Chris Popov
James Stewart , Erin Steward , Annsley Popov , Chris Popov Photo by Morris Malakoff
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Marcus Smith , Heidi Smith , Bryce Kennard Photo by Morris Malakoff
018 , Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Robert Pattman, Mimi Pattman, Melissa Hough, Oliver Halkowich
Robert Pattman , Mimi Pattman , Melissa Hough , Oliver Halkowich Photo by Morris Malakoff
019 , Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Chris Brown, Jennifer Brown
Chris Brown , Jennifer Brown Photo by Morris Malakoff
009, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Suresh Khator, Renu Khator, Martha Adger, James Maged
Suresh Khator , Renu Khator , Martha Adger , James Maged Photo by Morris Malakoff
008, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Joanne Hartland and Brad Marks
Joanne Hartland , Brad Marks Photo by Morris Malakoff
015, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Susanne Byram, Roy Johnson
Susanne Byram , Roy Johnson Photo by Morris Malakoff
014, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Ceron, Janet Guwitch, Ron Franklin
Ceron , Janet Guwitch , Ron Franklin Photo by Morris Malakoff
001, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach
Steve Mach , Joella Mach , Carmen Mach , Butch Mach Photo by Morris Malakoff
004, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Reggie Smith, Juana Bernard, Conrad Bernard, Leigh Smith
Reggie Smith , Juana Bernard , Conrad Bernard , Leigh Smith Photo by Morris Malakoff
006 , Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Martin Fein, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
034, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Lynn Wyatt
027, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, crowd, venue
016, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Carolina Herrera, Stanton Welch, Lynn Wyatt
012 , Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Nelson
002, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Diane Lokey Farb, Mark Sullivan
028, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, crowd, venue
020, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013,  Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor
031, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Carolina Herrera, Edward Djerejian, Kelli Cohen Fein, Martin Fein
023, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, crowd, venue
011, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Brandon Cochran, Audrey Cochran
007, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, James Stewart, Erin Steward, Annsley Popov, Chris Popov
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018 , Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Robert Pattman, Mimi Pattman, Melissa Hough, Oliver Halkowich
019 , Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Chris Brown, Jennifer Brown
009, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Suresh Khator, Renu Khator, Martha Adger, James Maged
008, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Joanne Hartland and Brad Marks
015, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Susanne Byram, Roy Johnson
014, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Ceron, Janet Guwitch, Ron Franklin
001, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach
004, Houston Ballet Ball, February 2013, Reggie Smith, Juana Bernard, Conrad Bernard, Leigh Smith