Orange County’s International Ballet Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary “Gala Of The Stars” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts


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Gala Of The Stars
Friday, August 18, 2017 at 6pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Tickets: $65-$95

Performance Schedule
6:00 pm – Act 1 –”Inspired Young Dancer Performance”
7:00 pm – Acts 2 & 3 –”Gala of the Stars”

Festival Ballet Theatre’s 10th Annual Gala of the Stars brings the exciting performances of the world’s most exquisite ballet dancers to the Orange County stage. The Gala presents an incredibly unique evening; today’s renowned ballet stars share the stage in a program celebrating the passion of dance. This consistently sold-out annual performance showcases internationally-revered guest artists from the world’s most recognizable dance companies along with young protégés, selected by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. These performers are our future stars of the ballet world. Guest artists will include dancers from The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet, among others.  Events leading up to the Gala include master classes at Southland Ballet Academy, a “Welcome The Stars” Dinner Cruise and ends with “Dinner With The Stars” at Leatherby’s Café Rouge.

Celebrating 29 years of artistic excellence, Festival Ballet Theatre is dedicated to nurturing our community’s young artists to become future artistic ambassadors. Festival Ballet Theatre continues its tradition of bringing the best of professional dance to our home, Orange County.

“The dancers … are an undeniable draw. It is rare to see these dancers sharing the stage together.” – Dance Critic, Laura Bleiberg

2017 Gala of the Stars Master of Ceremonies:

Mark Walberg, Host of Antiques Roadshow

Distinguished Guest Artist’s Include:

Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi
Romeo and Juliet Pas de Deux
American Ballet Theatre

Lauren Cuthbertson and Eric Underwood
Chroma and After the Rain
The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera and Ryoichi Hirano
Manon Pas de Deux and Pas de Deux from Asphodel Meadows
The Royal Ballet

Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz
Bells and Ghosts
San Francisco Ballet

Ashley Bouder and Gonzalo Garcia
Rubies Pas de Deux from Jewels and Pas de Deux from Stars and Stripes
New York City Ballet


Guest artists may be subject to change without notice.


Dinner With The Stars

Friday, August 18th, following the Gala performance
Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Tickets: $200 / NOW SOLD OUT

Dinner tickets are available to Gala ticket holders only.

Dinner tickets are included in our Diamond, Emerald and Sapphire sponsorship packages.

Dinner Sold Out

Welcome The Stars Dinner Cruise

Thursday, August 17th
Newport Harbor

Dinner Cruise is available exclusively to Diamond, Emerald and Sapphire Benefactors. If you’d like to join us, visit our sponsorship page and consider supporting our Gala Of The Stars.

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We want to extend a very special thank you to the 2017 Gala sponsors. We couldn’t do the work we do without you!

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