The Denver Ballet Guild presented its 50th Anniversary class of Le Bal de Ballet Honorees at an announcement reception Sept. 10 at the Cherry Hills Country Club. Photo by Doug Wells
SUBMITTED BY HILARY MORLAND AND KARI STEWART
A golden anniversary is a very special event, and excitement was in the air on Sept. 10 when the Denver Ballet Guild welcomed its 50th year of Le Bal de Ballet honorees at an announcement reception at Cherry Hills Country Club.
This year’s 32 debutantes and 21 young men of distinction represent 17 different Colorado schools, and are an outstanding group of high school seniors selected for their achievements in academics, athletics, arts and leadership.
The honorees play every sport under the sun and are state and league champions, school presidents, team captains, editors, poets, actors, dancers, horseback riders, and world travelers. They are involved in speech and debate, mock trials, politics and student government. One honoree is a lawyer for Aurora teen court and some have already committed to play college sports. They are amazing philanthropists who give back to our state in incredible ways.
Chair Kari Stewart says, “It is a special year for the Denver Ballet Guild and we are so proud to be celebrating 50 years of Le Bal de Ballet. It is my honor to be working with this group of outstanding honorees. Tonight was a wonderful celebration of their extraordinary accomplishments. I can’t wait to see what the future brings these fabulous young men and women.”
The honorees celebrate this special year with a full schedule of social and community-service events, which started with a day of service at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The Bal de Ballet year culminates in an honoree presentation at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on June 9, 2018, followed by a celebratory dinner and dancing at the Sheraton Hotel.
The 50th anniversary-year theme is a Golden Celebration, and the funds raised by the program go directly to the Denver Ballet Guild’s many programs supporting dance companies and dance education in the community.
Kari Stewart is joined by co-chair Julie Bearup and honorary chair Denise Nalen and a large committee of Denver Ballet Guild volunteers. Marlo Wagner is president of the Denver Ballet Guild.
Nominations for the 2019 Le Bal de Ballet will be accepted until January 2018. Information can be found at denverballetguild.org/Le Bal de Ballet.
2018 Le Bal de Ballet Debutantes
2018 Le Bal de Ballet Young Men of Distinction
Craig and Christian Reid of Cherry Hills Village with their son Charles, a Kent student
Jeff and Tracy Lewis of Cherry Hills Village with their son Stryker, who attends Cherry Creek
Colorado Academy students Brady Anderson of Bow Mar and Greg Cain of Denver join Mark McKissick, father Charlie McKissick of Bow Mar
Steve and Jane Buckley of Greenwood Village and daughter Erin, who attends Arapahoe. Photos by Doug Wells & Kathy Wells Photography
Molly Jordan Little of Thomas Jefferson High School
Kittie Hook and her daughter Natalie Shelden of Denver, who attends George Washington. Estee Dechtman of Denver attends Denver School of the Arts, pictured with her mom Jennifer.
Jeannine Hutchison, Kristin McKissick, and Leslie Smith
Kailey D’Ambrosia of Englewood attends Cherry Creek. Bella Johnson of Castle Rock attends Valor Christian.
Denver Kent students: Min Baglieri of Englewood, Keiana Naiman of Greenwood Village, Charlie McKissick of Bow Mar, Claire Hutchison of Greenwood Village, Noah VanSickle of Denver, Carolyn Robbins of Cherry Hills Village, Charles Reid of Cherry Hills Village, Caroline Oudet of Denver, Max Nelson of Greenwood Village and Chloe Richards of Greenwood Village
Erin Buckley of Greenwood Village, Harper Anne Finch of Centennial and Payton Moody of Cherry Hills Village attend Arapahoe. Carley Lockton of Cherry Hills Village attends Denver Academy.
Carley and father Steve Lockton
Ed, Brady and Roxanne Anderson
Richard, Halle and Karen Walker
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