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Ballet at the bar: Merry young professionals with a taste for the finer things make their social debut

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1 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Kristy Bradshaw, Lindsey Brown, Derith Cass, Divya Brown
Kristy Bradshaw, from left, Lindsey Brown, Derith Cass and Divya Brown at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Ana Calderon, Aaron Robison
Ana Calderon and Aaron Robison at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Benjamin Koopferstock, Allie Zeger, Meredith Moore
Benjamin Koopferstock, from left, Allie Zeger and Meredith Moore at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Cristi Gore, Adriana Pedro, Courtney Fretz
Cristi Gore, from left, Adriana Pedro and Courtney Fretz at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
15 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Sean Sarkar, Stephen Fried, Alexander Robart
Sean Sarkar, from left, Stephen Fried and Alexander Robart at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
17 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Eugene Shearer, Lori Lang
Lori Lang and Eugene Shearer at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Lindsey Hurst, Kate Precourt
Lindsey Hurst, left, and Kate Precourt at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 James Stewart and Erin Stewart
James and Erin Stewart at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Nchopia Nwokoma, Leah Preston
Nchopia Nwokoma, left, and Leah Preston at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Jeremy Cloud, Amy LeBlanc, Emily Jaschke
Jeremy Cloud, from left, Amy LeBlanc and Emily Jaschke at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Brett Slobin, Nao Kusuzaki, Josh Mitelman
Brett Slobin, from left, Nao Kusuzaki and Josh Mitelman at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Aparna Koneru and Roshan Koneru
Aparna and Roshan Koneru at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
0 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Carey Kirkpatrick, David Rassin, Amanda Woodall Roche
Carey Kirkpatrick, from left, David Rassin and Amanda Woodall Roche at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Stephanie Bardwil, Diego Bello
Stephanie Bardwil and Diego Bello at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Susan Elias, Beth Zdeblick, Ting Bresnahan, Elizabeth Koval
Susan Elias, from left, Beth Zdeblick, Ting Bresnahan and Elizabeth Koval at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Tiare Austin, Maggie Gori
Tiare Austin, left, and Maggie Gori at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 crowd, venue Federal American Grill
The crowd at the Ballet Barre kickoff event. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Kristy Bradshaw, Lindsey Brown, Derith Cass, Divya Brown
16 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Ana Calderon, Aaron Robison
14 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Benjamin Koopferstock, Allie Zeger, Meredith Moore
13 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Cristi Gore, Adriana Pedro, Courtney Fretz
15 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Sean Sarkar, Stephen Fried, Alexander Robart
17 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Eugene Shearer, Lori Lang
12 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Lindsey Hurst, Kate Precourt
11 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 James Stewart and Erin Stewart
10 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Nchopia Nwokoma, Leah Preston
9 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Jeremy Cloud, Amy LeBlanc, Emily Jaschke
6 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Brett Slobin, Nao Kusuzaki, Josh Mitelman
4 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Aparna Koneru and Roshan Koneru
0 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Carey Kirkpatrick, David Rassin, Amanda Woodall Roche
7 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Stephanie Bardwil, Diego Bello
3 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Susan Elias, Beth Zdeblick, Ting Bresnahan, Elizabeth Koval
2 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 Tiare Austin, Maggie Gori
8 Houston Young Professionals and Ballet Barre kickoff event September 2013 crowd, venue Federal American Grill

Midway through Houston Ballet's debut performance run of the 2013-14 season, it was time for the spotlight to shine on another troupe of leading guys and gals as they made their entree onto the social stage.

Waltzing on to the scene at Federal American Grill on Tuesday were 125 stylish philanthropists with a penchant for the finer things in life, as in good food, good wine and good company. And, of course, ballet.

The Ballet Barre young professionals, a group that blends the right amount of social events with dance shows and exclusive Houston Ballet behind-the-scenes experiences, converged around the restaurant's bar as returning members reunited and balletomanes new to the throng pledged their support. They have much to look forward to, including The Merry Widow later this month and Aladdin and Swan Lake next year.

With a spread that included Akaushi sliders, fried oysters, sesame-crusted eggplant napoleons, duck fat popcorn and pop-in-your-mouth Brussels sprouts . . . it's no wonder the chatty crowd lingered passed the event's curtain call.

In the crowd with Houston Ballet dancers Nao Kusuzaki, Kate Precourt, Aaron Robison and Ana Calderon were Kristy Bradshaw, Lindsey Brown, Divya Brown, Liam Bonner, Hannah Lonergan, Erin O'Leary Stewart, Ting Bresnahan, Jo Simmons, Beth Zdeblick, Elizabeth Koval, Derith Cass, Courtney Fretz, Carey Kirkpatrick, David Rassin, Sarah Cotting, Benjamin Koopferstock, Amy Fote and Erin and James Stewart.

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