Washington Notables Headline Argentine-Themed Gala for Contemporary Dance Company

New to The District

Contemporary ballet company Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians, announces Tango with the Stars on April 10 at One Metro Center. The Argentine-themed gala will include a seductive tango dance competition featuring D.C. celebrities partnered by professional tango dancers, an Argentinean dinner, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the dancers’ selected charities and Chamber Dance Project’s upcoming season and debut, June 26-28, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, sponsored by the Embassy of Argentina.

“We are thrilled to make D.C. our new home. The gala reflects our new partnerships here with the Embassy of Argentina, our sponsors and the many fabulous people who are dancing and judging in this fun evening,” said Founder and Artistic Director, Diane Coburn Bruning. “Our Kennedy Center season June 26-28 will present a new tango ballet by the acclaimed Argentinean choreographer, Jorge Amarante, so it seemed natural to have our gala reflect this. We are pleased to have celebrities dance for their charities and our artists.”

The gala will start at 6pm with a VIP Champagne reception on the rooftop terrace, offering sweeping views of the city and the opportunity for guests to mingle with the dancers and judges. The gala will be held in the spectacular seventh floor atrium of One Metro Center and include cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and two exciting rounds of tango competition. After the winning dancers are announced, the evening will continue with music and dancing for all guests.

The line-up of celebrity dancers will include:

  • Francisco López Achaval: First Secretary at Embassy of Argentina in Washington, Secretary Lopez is no stranger to tango. His charity of choice is Autism Speaks.
  • Renato Miracco: Cultural Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Washington, Miracco is dancing for Martha’s Table.
  • Kelly Muccio: Dubbed the “menswear maven” of D.C., Muccio is the proprietor of Lost Boys and The Black Room menswear clothiers. Muccio is dancing for Opera House Arts (Stonington, ME).
  • Doron Petersan: Owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, cookbook author and two-time winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Petersan will support the Washington Humane Society.
  • Jennifer Resick Williams:  Principal of Know Public Relations, Resick Williams is dancing for the Broad Horizons Scholarship Fund.
  • Michael Seaton:  As a Forward for DC United, Seaton has moves on and off the field. He will be dancing for United for D.C.
  • Roger Yoerges: CEO and agent at Capital Talent Agency, Yoerges runs the area’s premier talent agencies. Proceeds from Yoerges dancing will go to Chamber Dance Project.
  • Federico Barttfeld, Cultural Attaché at the Argentina Embassy, is the honorary chair of the gala; he will head up the panel of judges for the tango competition. The judges will include:
  • Michael J. Bobbit, Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Theater MTC and director, choreographer and performer, will serve as MC for the event. The judges will include:
  • Phillipa Hughes: Founder of The Pink Line Project and evangelist for all things “arty” in DC.
  • Bob Levey: Long-time Washington Post Metro columnist and constant champion of children.
  • Nycci Nellis: Foodie and the Beast co-host and always in the know publisher of The List Are You On It?

Dancers will be competing for the titles of “Judges’ Favorite” and “Audience Favorite.” Guest voting will be in dollar donations in advance online, in mail-in donations and at the gala. Half of all funds raised through guest voting will be donated to the dancers’ charities of choice with remainder going to fund the artists of CDP. The voting and silent auction will be conducted via Smartphone and online bidding ( with the auction including a wide array of items and experiences, including dining, travel, performances and classes.

Tango with the Stars Event Details:

Thursday, April 10, 2014; 6pm VIP reception; 6:30 – 11pm

Additional gala information available at

Tickets are available for purchase at

Silver Patron Tickets: $250 per person

Includes admission to gala and a pass to a Chamber Dance Project studio rehearsal and reception with artists in June.

Gold Patron Tickets: $350 per person

Includes invitation to 6pm rooftop Champagne reception with the gala’s celebrity dancers and judges; admission to gala with reserved seating; two passes to a Chamber Dance Project studio rehearsal and reception with artists in June.

Platinum Patron Tickets: $500 per person

Includes invitation to 6pm rooftop Champagne reception with the gala’s celebrity dancers and judges; admission to gala with premium reserved seating; four passes to a Chamber Dance Project rehearsal and reception with the artists in June; two passes to a private company preview performance event at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on June 10.

About Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians

Chamber Dance Project is a company of professional artists dedicated to redefining contemporary ballet in partnership with live music in intimate settings. Their work is devoted to creating new choreography and musical scores to include in their performances. Chamber Dance Project uses an array of intimate and interactive settings, from the rehearsal studio to the classroom, to share their creative expression and expose a diverse audience to their original work. The company relocated from New York City to Washington, D.C. in 2013.

For their 2014 season and debut, June 26-28, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Dance Project will bring together six principal dancers from major ballet companies, Argentina’s acclaimed choreographer Jorge Amarante, and a superb string quartet. The season is sponsored by Embassy of Argentina; it will feature Amarante’s first work created for an American company, infusing tango and ballet, and unveil new works by Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning. An award-winning choreographer, Bruning has worked with dance, theater, and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad, receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Sundance, Yale School of Drama, as well as a McKnight National Fellowship, Dewar’s Young Artist Award, a 2013 Strauss Fellowship, and most recently a 2014 Choreography Fellowship from the Virginia Commission on the Arts. In keeping with their dedication to performance in intimate settings, the company will host a series of events throughout the Washington Metro Area between March and their Kennedy Center debut.


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