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Revelers Dress to Impress at New York’s Winter Ball 2013

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Michael Arenella and his Sextet

Michael Arenella and his Sextet

New Yorkers love a great party. And like the post office, they won’t let rain, sleet or snow keep them from having a good time. A snowstorm was no match for New York City’s residents as they dressed in their finest attire to attend the 5th Annual Winter Ball, hosted by the ever-dapper Michael Arenella. The ball was housed in Engine 31, an historic firehouse in New York City where the music played, lovers danced and a joyous time was had by all.

The Minsky Sisters tapping their hearts out

The Minsky Sisters tapping their hearts out

Revelers came dressed to impress. Men were handsome in black tie or snappy suits while the ladies pulled out all the stops in sequined gowns, embellished head gear and fancy shoes. Arenella, creator of the increasingly popular Jazz Age Lawn Party, performed with smooth confidence along with his talented Sextet.  The dance floor was packed with partygoers in a dancing mood and stayed that way for the entire night, save for performances by the tap-dancing Minsky Sisters and ballerina Aurora Black.

Guests dancing the night away

Guests dancing the night away

Champagne and other spirits flowed while Santa took photographs with happy revelers. The space was festively decorated, including two beautiful Christmas trees strategically placed for guests to take photographs. But what made this event a hit was the mood of the guests, who all seemed to have big smiles on their faces and feet ready for dancing. The fact that so many attended despite a snowstorm showed not only New Yorkers’ resilience, but also the draw of Arenella’s annual ball. As I made my way around the venue, I noticed the event attracted a wide range of attendees. Young and not so young, married, coupled, and groups of friends all came out to enjoy the festivities, food, libations and of course, the music. With his already well-known reputation, I am very sure that with this year’s Winter Ball, Mr. Arenella is going to need a much larger venue.

Photos courtesy of Patricia Morales.

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