YoungArts Backyard Ball

This past January, we were invited to National YoungArts Foundation‘s (YoungArts) annual Backyard Ball presented by MaxMara by our dear friends at MIAMI magazine. And what a beautiful night it was.

Based in Miami (and in the stunning former Bacardi building on Biscayne Blvd. to boot), YoungArts is a beloved national organization which focuses on supporting the next generation of artists through professional development. It’s really impressive just how much YoungArts does to educate and cultivate young talent. Some of the world’s biggest artists – encompassing all types of art forms such as the visual, literary and performing arts – are proud YoungArts’ alumni. A few include: Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells, Kerry Washington, Josh Groban, Daniel Arsham and many more. Pretty impressive list of names, right?!

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Esther Park, Joseph Quiñones and Stacey Russell – power trio!

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YoungArts celebrated its 35th anniversary with a Backyard Ball (the org’s largest fundraiser) honoring director and actress Rosie Perez and director Robert Wilson with Arison Awards, and performer, Tony Award-nominee, YoungArts Master Teacher and 1997 YoungArts Winner in Theater Tony Yazbeck with the Arison Alumni Award. The Ball also served as a celebration to conclude the organization’s signature program – National YoungArts Week. The best part? More than $1.6M was raised that evening to support YoungArts efforts to further develop the talent of our country’s most promising young artists!

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DJ Cassidy looking super fly in a white hot suit number.

Can we talk about the gold palm pin? So Miami!

My top Backyard Ball highlights included fabulous emcee’ing skills and killer performance by Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (theater legend who gave me life as “Lola” in Broadway’s Kinky Boots); dance and music vignettes by Andrew Nemr, Dave Eggar and Desmond Richardson; and a very moving performance featuring the 2016 YoungArts Finalists singing “I Celebrate” – so inspiring! The dapper, uber cool DJ Cassidy kept the crowd dancing under the stars at the after-party.

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Moi and Dehja Carrington – true beauty!

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The always dapper Marvin Ross Friedman

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Lauren Gnazzo and Elysze Held – stunning!

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Pascal Kouwenhoven, Moi, Matthew Dugow, Joseph Quiñones and Luis Rigual

Giving you some major #squadgoals vibes.

Jacket and shirt by ZARA.

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The Jewel Box

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Go on with your fly self, Cassidy!

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