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Natural Treasures For A National Treasure - A Benefit for New York Theatre Ballet

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Bess Heitner Jewelry is pleased to debut its new spring 2015 collection on Thurday April 30 7:30-9:30pm to benefit New York Theatre Ballet.

Each new piece is inspired by one-of-a kind sculptures created by nature –amber, coral, unusual pearls, rare shells, and, most particularly, the legendary chambered nautilus shell. Our last  blogpost described how these natural masterpieces stunned Europe when explorers brought them back, inspiring poetry, literature, decorative arts, philosophers and religious leaders who viewed it as a symbol of the universe’s perfection. This collection is called Natural Treasures.

What better place to hold our first trunk show than in the brand new studio of a one-of-a kind company, New York Theatre Ballet, hailed by Dance Magazine as “a miniature American Treasure"

We are longtime fans of this fabulous company. If you don’t know them, you should. 


After losing its Murray Hill studio space of 30 years, NYTB emerged even stronger in a brand new studio in the landmarked St. Mark’s Church, home to an active artistic community since 1799. Get all the details in  New York Theatre Ballet Moves It's Releves downtown, NYT, 2/13/15


Diana Byer, the company’s founder and artistic director, is a legend in her own right. Before founding NYTB in 1978, she was a guest artist with ballet companies throughout the U.S, a soloist with Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens, Manhattan Festival Ballet, New York City Opera Ballet, the Juilliard Ensemble and was trained by the great Antony Tudor and Margaret Craske.. (read more>>)


The company performs classic masterworks and original ballets by emerging choreographers. NYTB has exclusive permission to perform revivals of classics by Antony Tudor as well as works by Agnes de Mille, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon.  Read NYT review here                                                        

 NYTB has done more than any other company to introduce children of all ages to the joys of dance and art. Their repertoire includes spectacular original one-hour ballets– Alice in Wonderland, Goose, Cinderella, Carnival of Animals, and a shadowbox nutcracker to name a few. And children are frequently featured in their own ballets.


Last, but far from least, NYTB is committed to giving back to the community. Their acclaimed  Project LIFT includes a year-round Study Program for children at risk and homeless. Based on auditions held in shelters and other locations, up to 30 children are enrolled each year – all given partial or full scholarship assistance and other supporting help (clothing, medical care, field trips, mentoring). The study program has won recognition from the White House and the National Endowment for the Arts as a model national program. This program has transformed the lives of so many children, turning several into world class dancers.

                                    PLEASE JOIN US!  THURSDAY APRIL 30 ~ 7:30- 9:30PM

                                          St. Mark's Church,  131 Second Avenue, 2nd floor
                                        (enter on 10th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

                                                                        Please RSVP here 


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