Ballerinas, artists, and diamond-clad socialites rubbed elbows at Thursday night’s Art for Dance Gala at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Fish Restaurant had three food stations set up around the tents, and local artists like Arianne Comer King and Jack Alterman had their works on display and mingled with other guests. Then came the real treat of the night: Jill Eathorne Bahr introduced her troupe of “elegant athletes in a tight-fitting package,” and we were given an intimate performance of New-York inspired dance from members of the Charleston Ballet Company. Some of the male dancers danced to “New York, New York,” then 10 of the ballerinas high-kicked their way through a few swingy numbers, dressed in hot pants and fishnets — it seems that Bahr wasn’t lying when she said she doesn’t hire any ugly dancers. And while it seemed like barely anyone was bidding on art, the event definitely appeared to achieve its goal: to inspire folks to support Charleston’s ballet company. —Erica Jackson

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