ABT’s Culinary Pas de Deux

24 Mar

by Stephanie Havenstein, Institutional Support Intern

What an exciting time to be an intern!  Preparations for ABT’s Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House are in full swing with interns assisting on a multitude of projects in both the education and development departments.  Our most recent adventure took place last week on March 12th at the Culinary Pas de Deux.  One of the largest and most exciting events of the season, this year’s celebration (nicknamed “Cul Pas”) did not disappoint.  World-class chefs and mixologists from around New York City prepared some of their most appetizing dishes and drinks, and ABT dancers Marcelo Gomes, Misty Copeland, and Craig Salstein were excellent hosts alternating marvelous dancing with hilarious skits.  As interns, we were able to play an integral part in the set-up and running of the event, giving us a very special experience.

My personal appointment for the evening was helping to run the Auction Table.  With two auctions happening over the course of the affair (one silent and the other live), organization and timing were crucial to each of their success.  With a team of four, headed up by Special Events Assistant Maria Alzuru, we circulated around the room and near the registration table promoting the special experiences on the auction block and collecting important information from the bidders.  When my important duties had concluded, I was free to wander around, tasting food from each of the booths, taking silly pictures in front of the ABT photo backdrop, and
shaking it on the dance floor with my fellow ABT cohorts.  The combination of work and fun throughout the course of the night really allowed such a depth of experience for each of us interns, and equally as important, is a great reflection of the work environment and special “family” here at ABT.

Institutional Support Intern Stephanie Havenstein, ABT Soloist Craig Salstein, Institutional Support Associate Claire Stephanic

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