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Ballet Academy East holds its Cherry Blossom Festival Gala.

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BAE held its Cherry Blossom Festival Gala and Auction in support of student scholarships and performance opportunities at Home Studios, Inc. on Broadway at 18th Street in New York City on Saturday night, February 25th, 2017.

The 150 attendees of diverse backgrounds enjoyed a lovely dance performance and an exceptional menu of Japanese themed foods like sushi and ramen noodle stations along with delicious passed hors d'oeuvres provided by Chef Randy Braunberger of Acquolina Catering and his staff.  The benefit chairs, Stephanie Harper and Fern Watters, the gala chairs, Randy Braunberger, Madeline Jaye and Mary Ellen Sullivan and décor designer Emmie Lee, welcomed guests with a magical setting.

Chloe Harper was the student emcee of the event, sharing her inspiring story and encouraging bidders to participate in the exciting auction, which brought over $10,000.  Ballet Academy East parent and supporter Julia Bator led a lively, heartfelt and successful scholarship auction appeal, raising $16,000 within 10 minutes.

The guests also enjoyed skakuhachi and koto music by the talented musicians Masayo Ishigure and Shoji Mizumoto.


New York City’s leading center for complete ballet education. 

The Ballet Academy East has been an important center for dance on Manhattan’s Upper East Side since 1979. Julia Dubno, the Founder and Director of Ballet Academy East was selected by Christine Fokine to run the Fokine Ballet School in 1978. That experience led to the opening of Ballet Academy East in a brownstone on East 79th Street with one small studio in 1979. Now the school has five spacious studios with a world-renowned faculty led by artistic director, Darla Hoover.

 Ballet Academy East is home to aspiring dancers of all ages in its Young Dancer, Pre‐Professional an Adult Divisions. Located in the dance capital of the world, BAE is internationally recognized for exceptional dance training and is the Upper East Side’s ballet school of choice. The school’s highly accomplished faculty lead classes that nurture students’ physical and emotional well‐being, build technical skills, and develop artistry. 

The students of BAE are currently performing in companies across the country, including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Ballet Met, Oregon Ballet Theater, Ballet Memphis, Alabama Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet. They were taught by talented people from major companies throughout the world and have many years of teaching experience.

The organization is dedicated to helping all children, regardless of financial circumstances, pursue their passion for dance. This year 40% of their students in levels 2-10 received tuition scholarships through BAE’s Financial Aid and Male Scholarship Programs. For more information, visit

Editor in Chief:  CS Lee        Contributing location writer:  Mitchell Acks

Photo credit:   Madeline Jaye

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