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Women on Their Toes | Featuring Cynthia Gregory

It happens every year… I go to the mailbox ready to rifle through an assortment of bills, junk mail and magazines when lo and behold an exquisitely large and heavy envelope arrives with the promise of something fun to come.  Sure enough, enclosed is the annual invitation to Ballet Austin Guild's Women On Their Toes luncheon.  Like Easter eggs and bluebonnets the invitation is a sure sign spring is here!  This amazing event at the Renaissance Hotel honors outstanding volunteers throughout Austin.  Every year, Women On Their Toes offers a delicious lunch, exciting raffle and a superb speaker who never fails to impress.  This year is no exception, with guest speaker and legendary dancer, Cynthia Gregory.  

Ms. Gregory is truly an American icon who found her calling when many of us were learning to tie our shoes!  She began lessons in ballet at age five and quickly advanced to en pointe training.  By the age of seven she was making her first appearance on the cover of Dance Magazine.  Ms. Gregory’s natural talent along with early training by extraordinary teachers made her a rising star among the dance community.  While performing with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), she made an auspicious debut as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, and this set her apart from other dancers. Performances such as this led Rudolf Nureyev to call her "America's prima Ballerina assoluta". At ABT alone, she danced in over eighty works, including over a dozen created specifically for her. 

In 1991, Ms. Gregory retired from ABT and focused her attention on the non-profit organization Career Transitions for Dancers.  This remarkable group provides career counseling, scholarships, and other services to dancers who are making a career change.  In addition to her position as Chairman of the Board, Ms. Gregory currently stages classical ballets, coaches and gives master dance classes for companies around the world.  As a lover of ballet I cannot wait to hear what Ms. Gregory has to say.  She is sure to be the highlight of our event and one that I hope everyone in the Austin community will come enjoy. 

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