Maple Youth Ballet Partners with Black, Starr and Frost to Host Diamonds and Dance

Evening to honor Donalyn Kling and support the Charles A. Maple, Sr. Scholarship.

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Bryn Watkins and Charles Maple

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Maple Youth Ballet along with Black, Starr & Frost, America's first jeweler since 1810, presents the second annual Diamonds & Dance Gala on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Black, Starr & Frost's harbor side location in Newport Beach. The gala will honor Donalyn Kling of the Kling Family Foundation, who has been a dedicated patron of the Maple Youth Ballet, Orange County's finest pre-professional ballet company.

"This evening is our opportunity to honor the generosity and enthusiasm that Donalyn has demonstrated to us throughout the years," said Charles Maple, co-founder of the Maple Conservatory and the Maple Youth Ballet. "Donalyn understands the tradition and importance of classical dance education. She has supported our mission to bring world-class instruction to our local youth no matter their economic status."

Proceeds from Diamonds & Dance - including 10 percent of all purchases made at Black, Starr & Frost during the gala - will benefit the Maple Youth Ballet and the Charles A. Maple, Sr. Scholarship. The scholarship allows young dancers who demonstrate the financial need for, as well as the drive and commitment to classical ballet training.

The evening will also include a silent auction as well as mini-performance from the Maple Youth Ballet's upcoming production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

"Black, Starr & Frost is delighted to continue our partnership with the Maple Youth Ballet in honoring Donalyn Kling," stated Nelson Holdo, President of Black Starr & Frost. "When we see recent Maple alumnus, Bryn Watkins become an apprentice with the American Ballet Theatre, then our mission of 'Changing the world one jewel at a time(R)' comes to fruition. We believe that every individual is a precious jewel and it is our commitment and social responsibility to ensure they become brilliant. We are honored to help local youth make their dreams come true."

Tickets for Diamonds & Dance are available starting at $75 per person or $125 per couple and may be purchased online at .

About the Maple Youth Ballet:

Founded in 2007 by Charles Maple and Kathy Crade, the Maple Youth Ballet is a non-profit organization providing young dancers with the exposure, training and performance opportunities to bridge the gap between students and professional dancers, while at the same time, offering Orange County and surrounding Southern California communities with the highest quality performances at affordable prices. For more information about classes and future performances please visit . Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter @MapleBallet.

About Black, Starr & Frost:

Black, Starr & Frost has a rich history, from its inception in 1810 through two centuries of passion and unforgettable service. We delight your senses in a truly grand and authentic Old World ambience. We bring the world to Southern California with one-of-a-kind, exceptional jewelry that delivers value beyond price. Our master jewelers will turn your dreams into an heirloom to be treasured for many generations to come. Black, Starr & Frost - where Old World charm and quality of service is legendary! Follow us on Facebook: .

* PHOTO Caption: Bryn Watkins and Charles Maple of The Maple Youth Ballet perform a scene from "Coppelia" during the 2012 Diamonds & Dance Gala at Black, Starr & Frost.

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