NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The American Repertory Ballet will mark its 65th anniversary on March 14 with a gala event.

The celebration will include a performance by its professional company and Princeton Ballet School students at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center and a dinner, silent auction and dancing at the nearby Heldrich Hotel.

The reception will have a 1950s theme, including a historical costume display of tutus and tunics dating to the Princeton Ballet Society’s founding in 1954.

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All proceeds from the event will support American Repertory Ballet’s mission-driven work, such as its DANCE POWER program, a 34-year old partnership with the New Brunswick Board of Education.

Other community outreach efforts include a residency at the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities. “Audrey’s Class” is a ballet and movement class for children with special needs. The efforts also include ACCESS: Ballet, a program that provides people from under-resources communities the opportunity to see ARB’s professional productions.

Princeton Ballet School, American Repertory Ballet’s affiliate school, is committed to excellent, inclusive dance education and provided more than $250,000 last year in merit and need-based scholarship support.

To make a contribution or participate in the Gala’s silent auction, please visit

The 2020 Gala Honorees include Dr. Dinesh Dhanaraj and Lear & Pannepacker, LLP for their generous commitment to the organization. Additionally, Lindsay Cahill, beloved teaching artist and coordinator of Access & Enrichment and Dance Power, will be presented with the 2020 Audrée Estey Award for Excellence in Dance Education.

Dhanaraj is an orthopaedic surgeon affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Health, specializing in Sports Medicine. He is currently a physician for the New Jersey State Athletic Commission and has been an orthopaedic consultant for the American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School since 2016.

Lear & Pannepacker LLP is an established top-tier regional accounting firm, proudly serving Central and North New Jersey and the greater New York metropolitan area.

Cahill began her career at American Repertory Ballet in 2009 as a DANCE POWER Teaching Artist. Now, in her role as Access and Enrichment Coordinator and DANCE POWER Coordinator, she is excited to combine her love of the arts with her students, families and entire New Brunswick community.

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