Around 10 p.m. on Monday, Kelly Rutherford was on a makeshift dance floor on the second floor lobby of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center surrounded by a flock of young ballerinas in tutus and spray-dyed gray hair. The girls, all students at the School of American Ballet, had just demonstrated their skill for a crowd of benefactors at the school's winter ball. After their performance, the sound system switched to Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin songs. This was more Rutherford's speed.
“My mother tried,” the “Gossip Girl” actress said earlier in the evening when asked if she had danced ballet. “I have very large feet. She tried, but to no avail. Tumbling was good. The arts were very good… Wrestling and tumbling possibly, but the ballet: No.”
A few feet away, Michelle Trachtenberg, Rutherford’s co-star on “Gossip Girl,” took a break from chatting with Rebecca Minkoff to explain her own dalliance with dance.
“My sister, actually, was a ballerina when she was younger, so I’ve always had an appreciation for ballet,” Trachtenberg said. “I had to train to be a ballerina for 'The Ice Princess.' They made me take ballet lessons. I’m very klutzy in person, and also kind of lazy. I didn’t have the discipline to be a ballerina.”
The “Gossip Girl” contingent was joined Monday night by a host of social figures including Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky, David and Julia Koch, Blair Husain, Jill Kargman, Arie and Coco Kopelman and Marissa Mayer. The Google executive had spent Thursday and Friday at the South by Southwest tech conference, and took stock of her change of scenery.
“There’s no iPad 2 pop-up store!” she said, surveying the cocktail-hour crowd.