The Scene | Jacob's Pillow: Pillow supporters dance the night away at opening gala

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BECKET — Jacob's Pillow kicked off the summer with its Season Opening Gala on Saturday, June 15, which appropriately enough, featured dancing throughout the entire evening.

The festivities swung into action on The Great Lawn, where the gala's 550 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in between pop-up performances by the Wild Rhythm Dance Co., a swing dance group from New York City, and demonstrations of the Chinese practice of qi gong, a movement therapy to promote energy and healing, by Sat Hon.

Among the guests were renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma; Kelly Vickery, artistic director and founder of the Berkshire International Film Festival; Mary Ann Quinson, Barrington Stage Co. board of trustees chairwoman; fashion designer Jeannene Booher and Ann Crabtree, owner of the boutique shop of the same name on Madison Avenue in New York City.

After the cocktail party, attendees were treated to performances in the Ted Shawn Theatre, including two world premiere dances — a piece d'occasion by choreographer Trey McIntyre and the other, performed by dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow, by choreographer Matthew Neenan, as well as a tap piece, "Bzzz," by Caleb Teicher & Company. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Award to choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Following the presentation, dancers Oliver Greene-Cramer and Grace Morton, of Ballet Austin, performed her work, "Symbiotic Twin."

Silent and live auctions were held during the evening, with items including dinner with former Gov. Deval Patrick and Pillow Trustee Diane B. Patrick, a private Flamenco and Spanish dance class for six, a Napa Valley trip, an eight-day cruise on the Rhine for two and a safari. More than $400,000 was raised during the festivities.

To close out the night, guests dined at a catered dinner on The Great Lawn before heading to the popular "After Party," where they danced the night away to the sounds of the Silver Arrow Band from New York City.

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