And then, after the ballerinas and ballerinos presented performances ranging from the classical to the contemporary on Bushnell’s’ Belding stage, it was party time.
Eight to the Bar provided the music, Onyx Moonshine and Spiritus Wine Store and Max’s the Valentine Day’s perfect potpourri of sweet treats as the ballet and its supporters turned the stage into a party venue, celebrating love, a successful program and a new Hartford tradition.
“We are hoping to make this an annual event,” said CT Ballet executive director Brett Raphael as the party got underway. “We would have liked less competition,” he joked referring to a show starring actor/author and comic Bill Cosby going on at Bushnell’s Mortensen Theater. “But were thinking maybe he’ll come over after he’s done with his show.”
And of course because it is almost Valentine’s Day, talk was of the holiday love and what everyone’s plans were, be it gifts, or dinner or just something special.
“It will involve lingerie,” said CT Ballet dancer, Hartford resident and hip hop artist and Anthony Thomas who has romantic plans for Sulix Lopez, his girlfriend of 12 years. “I have a few ideas.”
For CT Ballet supporter David Carson, Friday will be just another day, but in a good sense.
“It has been Valentine’s Day for us every day for 55 years,” he said about his marriage to wife, Sara Carson. “Maybe we’ll do brunch over the weekend to celebrate.”