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VIPs mingle at Hartwood before Ballet Under the Stars

| Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Altdorfer
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School dancers Katie Klodowski and Theresa Cwenar at the Hartwood Acres Performance Area during the Ballet Under the Stars benefit for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
John Altdorfer
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre mistress Marianna Tcherkassky with artistic director Terrence Orr at the Hartwood Acres Performance Area during the Ballet Under the Stars benefit for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
John Altdorfer
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre executive director Harris Ferris with wife Janet at the Hartwood Acres Performance Area during the Ballet Under the Stars benefit for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
John Altdorfer
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers Christine Schwaner and Amanda Cochrane with event co-chair Debbie Klodowski at the Hartwood Acres Performance Area during the Ballet Under the Stars benefit for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
John Altdorfer
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers Christine Schwaner and Amanda Cochrane with event co-chair Debbie Klodowski at the Hartwood Acres Performance Area during the Ballet Under the Stars benefit for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Dancing in the moonlight

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presented an evening al fresco Aug. 18, where the masses came to Hartwood Acres armed with picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs for Ballet Under the Stars.

The annual performance and picnic kicked off early in the evening, allowing 200 VIPs, including host committee members Amy Bilsland, Debbie Klodowski, Laurie Ann Foster and Holly Merriman, to mix and mingle with company dancers whilst noshing on a summer barbecue. Meanwhile, kiddies indulged in ballerina dress-up and dance activities on the lawn while an oasis of food trucks from the likes of Oh My Grill, Dozen Bake Shop and Fukuda offered tempting bites to those arriving for the free performance.

As sundown approached, all eyes were on the stage for an evening of mixed repertoire to officially usher in the new season.

— Kate Benz

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