My initial reaction upon receiving the invite was: I’ve been left in the dark for 3 years. Anyone who knows me is aware of my passion for the arts; ballet is no exception. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of being captivated by Canadian icons like Karen Kain, Anik Bissonnette, and Guillaume Côté dance, during their brilliant careers with Les Grands Ballets. The widely acclaimed company, renown for its the creative, innovative and bold performances has lit up stages worldwide, wowing audiences for over 50 years.

Les Grands Ballets’ Jeunes Gouverneurs Evening is back for its 4th edition! More than 400 young professionals will gather at the Place des Arts this Saturday, March 12th for this fundraising event sponsored by Virginie Coossa. This Lights of Asia themed event will include ballet, food and celebration; a unique opportunity to network in a highly festive environment. I was just informed though that it is SOLD OUT. There’s still room though for Préludes, a double bill (Dim Light of Dawn and RE-(II) choreographed by Ken Ossola and Shen Wei. Purchase your ticket(s) here. For the fashionably late here’s what you need to know:

Scheduled activities:

6h30 pm Cocktail dinner in the Salon urbain
8 pm Show performance “Préludes” (double program by Ken Ossola et Shen Wei) at Théâtre Maisonneuve
10 pm Musical evening in the Salon urbain with the Grands Ballets dancers (note to self: refrain from pulling an Allegro (fast, lively movements and jumps) which a dancer must show smooth and light movements to make it look right! Dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Thomas H. with access to an open bar, finger foods, a photo booth, silent auction, which includes 2 Air France tickets Montréal – Europe

$1,000 is at stake, courtesy of the Banque Nationale. The draw takes place at some point during the evening. Been there, going back for more!

About the Jeunes Gouverneurs:

Founded in 2012, the Jeunes gouverneurs committee is made up of young professionals whose mission is to educate a new generation about philanthropy and to create networking opportunities, while making ballet accessible to everyone through fundraising events and campaigns, in collaboration with Les Grands Ballets.