Thank you for joining us to celebrate the unabashed exuberance of disco!

On Wednesday, June 13, MAD HOT BALLET recreated the spirit of the 70s with a funky celebration of music, dancing, fashion, going out and getting down. In one extraordinary evening, The National Ballet of Canada raised over $1.3 million to support our talented artists and our community programmes which inspire movement, imagination and creative expression. CIBC was the Presenting Sponsor for the 12th consecutive year. 

Gala co-chairs Jen Lee Koss and Nicholas Mellamphy inspired an energetic and stylish evening that began with an hour-long performance. Harrison James and Jillian Vanstone performed the world premiere of Joshua Beamish’s Lollapalooza, with costumes by Canadian fashion designer Jason Wu. Emma Hawes, Alexandra MacDonald, Christopher Gerty and Spencer Hack performed an excerpt from In Between by Alysa Pires; Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk performed Por Ti by Luis Martin Oya; Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie performed Sospiri Duet by Juliano Nunes; and Hannah Fischer, Harrison James and Chelsy Meiss led the cast of Paz de la Jolla by Justin Peck.

Following the performance, 1,800 attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception in the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room with signature cocktails and special guests from the 70s. The 650 gala dinner guests took their places onstage for a gourmet meal prepared by Mark McEwan’s North 44 Caters and concluded the evening with a night of dancing onstage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with Artists of the Ballet. 


Save the Date: MAD HOT BALLET returns June 12, 2019!