SCHOOL TIES: “I’m here representing all the students not as blessed as Amanda McKerrow and Kevin McKenzie,” said Chelsea Clinton at the 60th anniversary party for the Washington School of Ballet, naming some of the institution’s more famous dance alumni. “Ballet taught me discipline and to believe in the possibility of improbable dreams.’’ (Her scoop-necked black knit top was a relic from her high school years there; the taffeta skirt she purchased in London.)
On accepting the second Mary Day Award, named after the school’s founder, Mikhail Baryshnikov lectured the politicians in the crowd about the importance of education funding for the arts.
Unfortunately, the top-ranking politician in the room, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, had already skipped out on the festivities.“There’s a dinner tonight at Blair House for Israeli Prime Minister [Ariel] Sharon. All the members of the Republican leadership will be there, and I’m the one introducing the prime minister,’’ he said as he dashed out of the Kennedy Center, leaving his wife, Karyn, herself a former dancer, to enjoy the party solo.
HORSE PLAY: While Tinsley and Dabney Mortimer, Coralie Charriol and Dennis Paul and Charlotte Ronson were still nursing their hangovers from Eleanor Lembo’s wedding to Jon Ylvisaker Friday at the Everglades club in Palm Beach, Fla., Fabiola Beracasa, otherwise known as the creative director of SellJewelry, and the company’s chief executive officer and co-founder, Chris Del Gatto, cohosted a party celebrating the first edition of Miami Polo at Casa Casuarina. Though Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell, who are in preproduction on “Miami Vice” in the area, were rumored to be stopping by, the party was low-key on the VIPs. The crowd of Miami regulars was in such force that even Kelly Klein and Marla Maples were turned away at the door. Beracasa didn’t waste any time in the sun, either. On Monday, she sat for an eight-page spread that will appear later this year in Vogue en Español, her first major fashion shoot.