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Ice, Bling and Ballet Rule at This Dazzling Houston Party

Dancers Turn Into Models — and Tenenbaum Treasures Rule

BY // 01.31.19
photography Wilson Parish

Houston Ballet Ball co-chair Kelley Lubanko might have been away, skiing in snowy Utah, the night of the ball’s underwriter soirée at Tenenbaum Jewelers, but in the vitrines and display cases there was enough ice and bling to send the ball’s other co-chair, Leigh Smith, into a festive swoon.

The evening was not only a salute to the Ballet Ball’s big table buyers but also a reveal of the pieces that Tenenbaum is donating to the auction, dazzling jewels that were hand selected by the co-chairs. Among the must-have selections were a Greek-inspired gold chimera bangle bracelet and a Baume & Mercier Capeland stainless steel and titanium watch for men.

Adding special charm to the evening were company dancers who modeled selections from the Tenenbaum treasure trove.

The February 9 gala will take place in a magnificently decorated tent on the grounds of the Houston Ballet Center for Dance, only a short walk from Wortham Theater Center where the ballet will present the world premiere of artistic director Stanton Welch‘s Sylvia, which tells the story of the classic Greek myth of the strong heroine, the huntress Sylvia, and her love for a mortal shepherd.

In a nod to the upcoming premiere (opening February 21), the ball is themed with a Greek touch — “Heroes, Gods and Stars.” With that motif in mind, City Kitchen created dreamy Greek-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the deep-pocketed underwriters. Among guests sampling the catering were Ballet Ball honorees Leticia Loya and corporate honoree ConocoPhillips, represented by Laura Robertson.

PC Seen: Tenenbaum host Christina Stith, Houston Ballet executive director Jim Nelson, Houston Ballet board president Shawn Stephens,  Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Courtney and Bill Toomey, Jo and Jim Furr, Reggie Smith, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Beth Muecke, Lynn Wyatt, Phoebe Tudor, Kristy Bradshaw, Martha Rocks and Marvin McMurrey, Stephanie Tsuru and Beth Zdeblick.

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