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Hot cars and hot temps put a sizzling finish to Houston Ballet's Ballet Barre end-of-season fete

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The sounds of DJ John Tran pulsated through the Momentum Audi showroom as more than 100 savvy young professionals oohed and aahed over the sleek collection of high-octane German autos. The fashionable gathering served as Ballet Barre's adieu to its second season of nurturing the bright young things that are developing an interest in Houston Ballet.

Since its founding, the organization of 157 members has raised $12,000 for the Houston Ballet Foundation and $30,000 for the ballet's capital campaign. Joining the party scene were more than 30 prospective new members.

Part of the entertainment on this night of soaring mercury centered on dancers from Houston Ballet's second company, HBII. Costumed in ensembles from ballets to be performed in the upcoming season, they preened and posed around the impressive A-7, R-8 and A-8 Audi models.

Host for the energized gathering was Momentum Audi GM Jared Lang. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse provided hors d'oeuvres and operating partner Sam Governale was on hand to ensure that everything tasted primo. Anyone who needed a sweet treat could dig into the cupcakes from Sprinkles.

Ballet Barre co-chairs Kristy Junco Bradshaw and Lindsey Brown have spearheaded the various activities, including this evening that included the DJ's Michael Jackson musical tribute that had guests dancing around the shiny new cars. 

In the mix were C.C. Conner, Jeremy Andrews, Chris Bradshaw, Heather Pray, Amy LeBlanc,  Brian Thorp, Kelly Myernick, Jim Nelson, Patsy Chapman, Houston Ballet principal dancer Amy Fote and her beau, first soloist  Nic Leschke, who is celebrating his 15th and final season with the company.

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