A Gala Dinner with Darcey Bussell

1 June 2012

Fundraising dinner and auction with special guest Darcey Bussell, former Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, London.

A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet internationally acclaimed ballerina Darcey Bussell CBE, and hear her speak about her life and career. The evening included a three course dinner, string quartet, and a fundraising auction conducted by iconic New Zealand theatre personality Ginette McDonald. Items to be auctioned were donated by sponsors, including packages to see the Australian Ballet in Sydney, the NZSO and Royal New Zealand Ballet in Wellington, a luxury weekend at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate, artworks, fine jewellery from Partridge Jewellers and Alison Blain, helicopter flights and memorabilia from Weta and Darcey Bussell.

This dinner was presented by the Royal Academy of Dance and the New Zealand School of Dance to raise funds for the RAD Genée International Ballet Competition (Wellington, December 2012) and the New Zealand School of Dance in its 45th anniversary year.

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Darcey Bussell also taught a masterclass for NZSD students in 2012 and is an ambassador of the Supporters Programme.