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The School of American Ballet’s Winter Ball, held Monday night at Lincoln Center and sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, was injected with a quick shot of star power when Sir Paul McCartney arrived with girlfriend Nancy Shevell. The Beatle, who snuck in unnoticed, blended into the crowd of uptown socialites for about three seconds. Soon enough photographers got wind of his presence and started snapping away. The excitement was understandable since McCartney doesn’t often pop up at ballet benefits. So what brought him to this one? “I don’t really have an answer for that. I’m just here,” he said before posing for photos with Peter Martins.


McCartney and Shevell scooted out shortly thereafter to catch a flight to London. The rest of the crowd, including Fé Fendi, Coralie Charriol Paul and Ari and Coco Kopelman, sat for an elegant dinner catered by Danny Meyers’ Hudson Yards and a performance by the school’s students.

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