The Los Gatos Ballet Junior Guild hosted their Fall Ball fundraiser this past Saturday. This fun masquerade party, coordinated by the Junior Guild officers, was attended by students in Level 6 through Company. The Junior Guild was in charge of the set-up, decorations, activities and collection of funds. This is the first of several fundraisers that will be put on by the Junior Guild for the 2016-17 season. All proceeds benefited the Los Gatos Ballet Foundation.
One of the missions of the Junior Guild is to intentionally create mentoring and supportive relationships between the older and younger dancers. Guild members see themselves as role models to the younger dancers and hope to be models worth emulating. Their Fall Ball was one of their first events to help bring different level dancers together in a social setting. “Our main purpose for the Fall Ball was to have fun with our ballet friends in a different and dynamic environment. We also hoped to include Level 6, as most of them will probably be a part of the Junior Guild next year. This event also doubled as a fundraiser. We made the Fall Ball entirely fun-based. The studio was decorated with pumpkins, leaves, strings of lights, and disco balls. There was dancing, a crazy sock contest, and of course choreographed pieces. - What would you expect when you get dancers together?”, said Junior Guild Secretary, Madeleine Monroe.
The Junior Guild is a program supported by the Los Gatos Ballet Foundation to give young dancers the opportunity for leadership, mentoring and philanthropy. Future fundraisers and events include a Parents’ Night Out, an annual bake sale, sandwich fundraisers and other initiatives.
Photos by Annarose Monroe