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Scene Last Night: David Koch, Navab, DiMenna, Walter Isaacson

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David Koch hits the dance floor at the School of American Ballet benefit on March 5, 2012.

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David Koch hits the dance floor at the School of American Ballet benefit on March 5, 2012. Close

David Koch hits the dance floor at the School of American Ballet benefit on March 5, 2012.

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Julia Koch, a chairman of the event, had the idea for the Russian "winter ball" theme, and dressed the part, too. Close

Julia Koch, a chairman of the event, had the idea for the Russian "winter ball" theme, and dressed the part, too.

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Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. Clinton, a correspondent for NBC News, was a Young Patron chairman of the School of American Ballet's ball. Close

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. Clinton, a correspondent for NBC News, was a Young Patron chairman of the School... Read More

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Alexander Navab of KKR & Co. Close

Alexander Navab of KKR & Co.

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Ron Wendt Design created the decor, which featured sugared fruit, crystal candelabras and roses. Close

Ron Wendt Design created the decor, which featured sugared fruit, crystal candelabras and roses.

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Diana DiMenna, a chairman of the ball, in Monique Lhuiller with Simone Levinson in Kim Hicks. Close

Diana DiMenna, a chairman of the ball, in Monique Lhuiller with Simone Levinson in Kim Hicks.

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Joseph DiMenna of Zeig DiMenna Associates. Close

Joseph DiMenna of Zeig DiMenna Associates.

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Anthony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, and Daniel Loeb, Third Point founder and CEO. Close

Anthony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, and Daniel Loeb, Third Point founder and CEO.

He bows, he sways, he’s No. 9 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and last night he danced with students of the School of American Ballet.

David Koch, 71, showed off his moves at the school’s annual benefit, which transformed the promenade of the David H. Koch Theater (named following his $100 million donation) into a Russian Winter Ball.

Beef Stroganoff, sweet and tangy shredded beets and shots of vodka were on the menu by Glorious Food. The music was all- American: on DJ Coleman Feltes’s playlist were Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart,” in that order.

Koch’s wife, Julia, had the idea for the theme, a nod to the school’s founder, George Balanchine. She wore a dress with fur trim; her husband wore a coordinating tuxedo featuring a maroon velvet jacket.

Alexander Navab of KKR & Co. (KKR), Chelsea Clinton, a new NBC News correspondent, Joseph DiMenna of Zweig-DiMenna Associates and about 400 others supped at long tables covered in red brocade, decorated with tall crystal candelabras and bouquets of red and pink roses, all selected by Ron Wendt Design.

The event raised almost $1 million for the school, where 70 percent of the advanced students receive scholarships, said executive director Marjorie Van Dercook.

Russian Hooligans

The nightclub-style dancing came after 28 advanced students performed a high-energy number depicting Russian hooligans, set to original music by Debauche, a “Russian Mafia Band,” as it bills itself.

The school’s artistic director, New York City Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, recruited former NYCB principal and Tony nominee Melinda Roy to choreograph the performance with assistance from Chad Luke Schiro.

The show got Koch right out of his gold seat.

“You were great,” he exclaimed to student Claire von Enck as the music swelled.

Things were quieter earlier in the evening at the New York Public Library’s President’s Council Spring Dinner, where Third Point founder Daniel Loeb asked Walter Isaacson if he was working on an update of his biography of Steve Jobs.

Isaacson told Loeb he’d consider an update, but is already absorbed by a new book project about digital innovators, starting with Ada Byron Lovelace, poet Lord Byron’s daughter.

An Algorithm

Lovelace wrote an algorithm that could be applied to make patterns on fabrics, Isaacson, the event’s featured speaker, said. He learned about Lovelace when his daughter Betsy, now a senior at Harvard, wrote a high-school paper on her.

He said he’s pitching the book today to his editor Alice Mayhew at Simon & Schuster (CBS), and in two weeks, is going to Bodleian, Oxford University’s main research library, to read Lovelace’s letters.

Another guest asked Isaacson what he thought of Apple’s future.

Noting the imminent release of the iPad 3, Isaacson said he thought the team Jobs had put in place would run Apple well for the next four or five years.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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