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Barking Ballet

Children and their parents enjoyed a new ballet written by local composer Karen Lefrak and set in Central Park.

Post performance party

From the carousel, to the statue of Balto, to the zoo's sea lions, monkeys, snow leopards, and penguins—ballet dancers take spectators through Central Park on the Tucker family's search for their lost puppy Mr. Benjamin in "Bark! In the Park" a new work scored by Karen Lefrak and choreographed by Chase Brock as a children's show for New York Ballet Theatre's series of Ballets for Kids & Families.

clockwise from top left: Three aspiring ballerinas; Chairman of the Board Sarah Frank; Ballet Dancer—Central Park Clock; Mort Zuckerman and daughter Renee; Martha Stewart and granddaughter Jude; Mario Buatta and Richard Lefrak; Party activities.

After school one afternoon, families gathered at El Museo Del Barrio—right across from the park itself. Greeted by Ballet Theatre Chair Sarah Frank, twins Ashley and Bracie Aston, Renee Zuckerman, Eloise Geary, Jonathan Gelb and Martha Stewart's granddaughter Jude, were among young audience members watching the dancers with rapt attention.

clockwise from top left: Muffie Potter Aston with twins Ashleigh and Bracie and publicist JonMarder; Marjorie Gordon; Michael Gellert; Lauren Veronis and grandson Jonathan Gelb; Dancers portray creatures in the Central Park Zoo; Composer Karen Lefrak greets guests; Eloise Geary.

Post performance, young attendees got to mingle with the dancers, snack on mini hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches and draw pictures of their own adventures in Central Park.

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