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Perfectly on Point

| June 2, 2014 | Parties

The Party
In its most important fundraiser of the year, the 8-year-old Los Angeles Ballet presented a whimsical gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The elegant affair honored actress Jane Seymour, philanthropist Lori Milken and entertainer Paula Abdul, a ballet advocate. “I love the dignity, the strength, the unbelievable dedication and work to make something look so effortless. ... It’s the finest form of being an athlete that I know,” she said.

The Scene
A dance-geared program in the decadent ballroom paid tribute to the three honorees. Seymour shared that before starring as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, the former ballerina designed and sold knitwear in London to afford pointe shoes. “Dance was everything for me,” she said. Abdul recalled auditioning three times in one day (in three outfits, as three people) to make the Laker Girls (“No is the beginning of a negotiation,” she quipped). After a three-course dinner, colorful emcee and auctioneer Ryan Kavanaugh helped raise more than a million dollars, with generous support from Milken’s family.

The Highlights

The poised Los Angeles Ballet ensemble took the stage to perform a patriotic excerpt from George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes. Then, an adjacent room opened for the LAB After Dark post-party, with even more refreshments, live music and, naturally, dancing. -Photos by Reed Hutchinson


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