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Houston Ballet young professionals gear up for fall season with burlesque fun

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News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Oliver Halkowich, Erin Marquez, Connor Walsh
Cheers from Houston Ballet's Oliver Halkowich. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Mary Patton, Hannah Lonergan
Ballet Barre chairs Mary Patton, left, and Hannah Lonergan. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Abby Cadabra
Burlesque dancer Abby Cadabra at Ballet Barre event at Prohibition. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Ting Bresnehan, Candace Thomas, Crystal Wright
Ting Bresnehan, from left, Candace Thomas and Crystal Wright.  Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Parker Hewitt, Stacey Hewitt
Parker and Stacey Hewitt. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Ben McPherson, Lainey Collum
Chef Ben McPherson with bar manager Lainey Collum. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Ben Patton, Whitney Bolling, Harrison Bolling
Ben Patton, left, with Whitney and Harrison Bolling. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Prohibition
The Ballet Bar kick-off party scene at Prohibition Supper Club & Bar. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Oliver Halkowich, Erin Marquez, Connor Walsh
Oliver Halkowich, left, Erin Marquez and Connor Walsh.  Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Diana Cammarata
Diana Cammarata. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Grace Salinas, Steve Keurlebure
Grace Salinas and Steve Kerlebure. Photo by Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Oliver Halkowich, Erin Marquez, Connor Walsh
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Mary Patton, Hannah Lonergan
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Abby Cadabra
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Ting Bresnehan, Candace Thomas, Crystal Wright
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Parker Hewitt, Stacey Hewitt
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Ben McPherson, Lainey Collum
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Ben Patton, Whitney Bolling, Harrison Bolling
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Prohibition
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Oliver Halkowich, Erin Marquez, Connor Walsh
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Diana Cammarata
News, Shelby, Ballet Barre kick-off, August 2014, Grace Salinas, Steve Keurlebure

Little more than a week before the curtain rises on Houston Ballet's fall season, young professional balletomanes put in a playful night at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar for a sneak preview of the spot set to open next month and for a bit of rah-rah in support of Ballet Barre.

Hannah Lonergan and Mary Patton chair the ballet's YP organization that is all about loving the dance and meeting like-minded urbanites.

On this night, styled to encourage membership, more than 125 members and guests mixed and mingled with Houston Ballet stars including principal dancer Connor Walsh, soloist Oliver Halkowich and fist soloist Jessica Collado.

Adding spice to the night were a handful of Prohibition's costumed dancers, gearing up for their bawdy roles once the curtain goes up on the supper club. Prohibition chef Ben McPherson and bar manager Lainey Collum made star turns as well. 

The kick-off was just the start of Ballet Barre's full season the includes ballet performances, parties, artistic events and the Oct. 14 Ballet & Bubbles event for which Houston Ballet director Stanton Welch conducts a final rehearsal for the YPs as the champagne flows.

Getting an early start on the ballet fun were Ting Bresnehan, Crystal Wright, Whitney and Harrison Bolling, Ben Patton, Grace Salinas, Diana Cammarata, Stacey and Parker Hewitt, Ben Patton and Candace Thomas

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