Last night, Guess, in partnership with Harper’s Bazaar, hosted a cocktail reception to benefit the Joffrey Ballet School. It wasn’t necessarily your typical benefit for the arts–it took place in a crowded Guess store on Broadway and felt more like a shopping party with girls dashing in and out of fitting rooms in leopard print dresses in between sips of their pink cocktails. But since the purpose of the event was to raise money for the Joffrey Ballet School (guests received 20% off their purchase with a minimum donation of $5), this worked out perfectly. Cashiers were busy the entire night.
The best part was that actual dancers from the Joffrey Ballet school in full-on tutus were walking around the store talking to people, posing for pictures and even doing ballet poses in the windows. “So many of the patrons tonight have come up to the dancers and said, ‘are you really a dancer or are you a model?’” said Davis Robertson, longtime Joffrey Ballet principal and current Board President and Dance Director of Live Arts Collaboration at the Joffrey Ballet School.