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School of American Ballet Marks Annual Winter Ball

The School of American Ballet marked its annual Winter Ball on Monday night.
The fund-raising event also serves as a showcase for students aged 14 to 16. Nearly 30 students danced in a piece choreographed by SAB alum and New York City Ballet corps de ballet member Alec Knight before an audience that included Indre Rockefeller, Paul Arnhold and Jill Kargman.
“I love the school. I was a full scholarship kid, so I owe a lot to SAB. Events like this help pay for those scholarships, so if I’m in town for Winter Ball, I’m here,” NYCB principal dancer Lauren Lovette said of the event.
The school is New York City Ballet’s training institution, having prepped the majority of the company’s dancers in Balanchine technique. Students join the school in their teen years and remain working alongside their classmates for the remainder of their careers.
“I have worked with most of these people since I was 14,” Lovette said. “Yes, you have falling outs with people, but ultimately you know they are going to be there and you work it out. It does create chemistry on stage, too, it’s like dancing with family — there is a camaraderie.”
“I think [Knight] is one of the

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