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Dancers off duty & fun: Late night benefit dinner on the stage of the Wortham is unforgettable

Late night benefit dinner on the stage of the Wortham is unforgettable

Julie Kent and Stanton Welch at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
American Ballet Theatre's Julie Kent and Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
John and Monica Blaisdell, from left, Isabel and Danny David and Jim Nelson at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Chairs John and Monica Blaisdell, from left, Isabel and Danny David with Houston Ballet managing director Jim Nelson. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Stage setup at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
As pretty a stage setting as ever, A Fare Extraordinaire creeated the beautiful dinner setting. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Kelly Myernick and daughter Edie at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Kelly Myernick with here 8-month old daughter, Edie. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, Houston Ballet board chair. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Kevin Black, left, and Tony Bradfield at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Kevin Black, left, and Tony Bradfield of Tenenbaum & Co. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Chris Shepherd and Lindsey Brown at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Chef Chris Shepherd and Lindsey Brown. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Anita Smith, left, and Joy Smith at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Anita Smith, left, and Joy Smith. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
James and Erin Stewart at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
James and Erin Stewart. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Charlotte Hill, left, with Jim and Jo Furr at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Charlotte Hill, left, with Jim and Jo Furr. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Terry Wayne Jones, left, and Jesse H. Jones II at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Terry Wayne Jones, left, and Jay Jones. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Philamena and Arthur Baird at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Philamena and Arthur Baird. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Van Ngo and David Ruiz at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Van Ngo and David Ruiz. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Stage setup from orchestra seats at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
The onstage dinner setting was a grand spectacle from the orchestra seats at Wortham Theater Center. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Julie Kent and Stanton Welch at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
John and Monica Blaisdell, from left, Isabel and Danny David and Jim Nelson at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Stage setup at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Kelly Myernick and daughter Edie at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Kevin Black, left, and Tony Bradfield at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Chris Shepherd and Lindsey Brown at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Anita Smith, left, and Joy Smith at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
James and Erin Stewart at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Charlotte Hill, left, with Jim and Jo Furr at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Terry Wayne Jones, left, and Jesse H. Jones II at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Philamena and Arthur Baird at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Van Ngo and David Ruiz at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014
Stage setup from orchestra seats at the Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance Onstage Dinner December 2014

A few cocktails after the curtain went down on Houston Ballet's exuberant Jubilee of Dance, the curtain rose again in the Brown Theater of Wortham Theater Center. But this performance — a late-night benefit dinner — was not scripted and only lightly choreographed.

While A Fare Extraordinaire set the stage for the repast, guests mingled in the Green Room for a hefty serving of delish hors d'oeuvres and libations.

Chairs of this first-time on-stage dinner for Houston Ballet patrons were Monica and John Blaisdell and Isabel and Danny David. But star of this part of the vibrant evening was 8-month-old Edie Kubin, daughter of retired first soloist Kelly Myernick and Kyle Kubin, as her mother paraded the beaming tyke through the well-heeled group.

For the latter portion of the evening, artistic director Stanton Welch and a number of the dancers were off-duty and joined the party, basking in the waves of praise that followed their not-to-be-missed performance. (Mark you calendar for next year as this is a one-night-only joyous dance extravaganza.) Receiving special notice was guest artist Julie Kent of the American Ballet Theatre who not only performed but also joined the gathering for dinner.

Among the 250 guests toasting the glorious evening were ballet board chair Phoebe Tudor and Bobby Tudor, Houston Ballet executive director Jim Nelson, Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Lindsey Brown and Chris Shepherd, Terry Wayne Jones and Jay Jones, Philamena and Arthur Baird, C.C. Conner and Audrey Cochran.

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