L.A. Dance Project took the stage on Solstice Eve at a private home in Bel Air to raise funds for the year-old dance company headed by Benjamin Millepied, the French dancer who also choreographed the ballet sequences in Black Swan.
Millepied thanked his wife (and Black Swan star) Natalie Portman for her “endless love and support,” adding “I’m so happy you still like dance after Black Swan.”
Portman admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that, despite her hands-on ballet work in the film, she’s no ballet expert. “Dancers know I’m not a pro, but a lot of others definitely make the mistake.”
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Supporters at the intimate summer soiree included Aaron Sorkin, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, Reese Witherspoon and CAA’s Jim Toth, Giada de Laurentiis, artist Barbara Kruger, and Black Swan producer Mike Medavoy, who underscored his dance cred by noting he was one of Mikhail Baryshnikov's first friends when the Russian dancer moved Stateside.
After dinner and the performance by the LADP, revelers hit the dance floor themselves, including Rashida Jones, Millepied and Portman.