Among the legions of done-up dance lovers who turned out Tuesday for the New York City Ballet’s opening night celebration was one surprise guest. Peter Bacanovic, the former stockbroker who recently ended his prison term and a five-month house arrest for his involvement in the Martha Stewart case, was clearly excited to be there after his lengthy hiatus.

“This is the first time I’ve been out in three and a half years,” he said.

A longtime supporter of the ballet, Bacanovic seemed calm, but jovial as he chatted away with Fé Fendi, at whose table he sat, reminiscing about ghosts of galas past. After dinner, he led her onto the dance floor before departing for the evening to pack for his next trip.

“I’m off to the Bahamas tomorrow,” he said — though not before he jokingly instructed a photographer, “Make sure you get a good picture of me. It will be the first one in three and a half years!”

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