Photography by Jamison Mosley | Wardrobe from Barbara/Jean | Shot on Location at UA-PTC CHARTS Theater | Special Thanks to Andrew Shelton | Amy’s Makeup by Angie Lane with Barbara Jean + Hair by Sonia Spainhour with Carter Miller Salon | Amber’s Makeup by Merry Kline with Belle & Blush + Hair by Tyler Richards with Belle & Blush
Chairmen Amy Galdamez and Amber Wilson Bagley are choregraphing an unforgettable evening of South American dance, music, and cuisine for this year’s Turning Pointe Gala. The evening will feature Argentinian-inspired music and dance performances as well as the presentation of the Above the Barre award. Proceeds from Tango Rojo benefit Ballet Arkansas.
Amy is familiar with the legacy of Ballet Arkansas. She remembers when City Hall hosted The Nutcracker cast parties, and every aspiring ballerina enjoyed the thrills of performing. “Three-year-old marshmallows, like me, had the privilege to make their debuts running across the stage at Robinson Theater.” Now two of Amy’s young children participate in Ballet Arkansas productions and Amy enjoys a weekly adult tap class. “As an adult, I have fallen back in love with the athleticism, grace and beauty of ballet as a patron and now as a supporter.”
Amber was introduced to Ballet Arkansas through her daughter’s devotion to ballet. “I have seen the joy she experiences each year as she takes on a different role; this was our first exposure to Ballet Arkansas. Witnessing efforts to connect young dancers with education and performance opportunities with professional dancers in caring and thoughtful ways instilled a desire to support all of its endeavors.”
This dynamic duo didn’t really know each other prior to planning the gala. Amy describes a “peripheral” connection through the dance studio. Yet, their camaraderie + teamwork on this project are evident as they have established a deep appreciation for a shared commitment to Ballet Arkansas. Amy reflects, “Amber is such a joy to work with, a beauty inside and out. She strives for excellence and knows how to create the team to reach it.” Both working mothers, with busy young children, their admiration is genuine. Amber observes, “Amy has an amazing ability to organize and manage all the details. Given that she balances her work as an OB/GYN and being a mom of three, it is no surprise that she has a knack for managing it all… Amy is one of those people that makes the hardest task fun.”
Together, they are directing a talented team of volunteers that will bring the spirit of Argentina to Chenal Country Club. The women have reimagined the anticipated event with exciting new elements congruent with this year’s theme Tango Rojo. Amy elaborates, “We wanted to change the feel of our largest fundraiser this year to something fresh. The menu and bar selections as well as décor, music and performances will reflect the Tango Rojo theme.” Amber continues, “It is important to us that the professional dancers are highlighted and that our faithful supporters are celebrated.” Amy adds, “We are ecstatic to honor one of our most gracious supporters, The Athletic Clubs CEO Frank Lawrence. The Athletic Clubs keep our company in good health.”
Proceeds from Turning Pointe Gala support the professional artists, productions and educational programs that enrich the lives of Arkansans. Amy reflects on the ballet company and its history over the last four decades. She emphasizes, “Being able to see the community support the ballet company is so humbling; seeing the company take off is thrilling. Watching children feel inspired to appreciate and learn ballet ensures the future of dance is as bright as ever.”