Mad Hot Ballet Gala 2014: 20 beautiful photos of dancers and dance-lovers in their element

Mad Hot Ballet Gala 2014
Photography by Kayla Rocca
Mad Hot Ballet Gala 2014
Photography by Kayla Rocca

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On any other night, principal dancer Guillaume Côté’s dance moves would be mad hot. Given that the National Ballet of Canada already bestows that superlative on its annual gala, the connection was pretty clear. On Wednesday night, Toronto’s socials, patrons and dance lovers filled the glass-cased Four Seasons Centre for Mad Hot Ballet, this year entitled “Spellbound.” Beginning, fittingly, with a gala performance of several spellbinding numbers, the night’s repertoire featured four pieces choreographed by Côté. The standout among them was surely his solo “Body of Work,” during which he modernized Beethoven’s “Symphony 7 –II, Allegretto” with a series of undulating movements. Another had Leonard Cohen quirk-ified with three caryatid-meets-cabaret style dancers (Dylan Tedaldi, Kathryn Hosier and Felix Paquet) moving sprightly to “Tonight Will Be Fine” and “Dance Me To the End of Love.”

After the performance, guests in gowns (and some in tutus) spilled out into the foyer for cocktails, canapés and the second annual best-dressed award announced by FASHION editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra. Partygoer Lillian To took top honours for her ballet-inspired lashes which spelled out “mad hot.” Meanwhile, Morra herself was dressed in a custom Lucia Matis dress which featured the event’s creative (principal dancer Xiao Nan Yu mid-pose in the King Edward Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.

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