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Scene Last Night: Victor Cruz, Dimon for Ballet Hispanico

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Melanie Shorin, a founder of the Narrative Trust, Judy Dimon, Ballet Hispanico board member, and Jennifer Raab, president of Hunter College.

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Melanie Shorin, a founder of the Narrative Trust, Judy Dimon, Ballet Hispanico board member, and Jennifer Raab, president of Hunter College. Close

Melanie Shorin, a founder of the Narrative Trust, Judy Dimon, Ballet Hispanico board member, and Jennifer Raab,... Read More

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Elaina Watley and her boyfriend, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, with Lois Betts, a Ballet Hispanico board member, and Roland Betts, chairman of Chelsea Piers. Close

Elaina Watley and her boyfriend, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, with Lois Betts, a Ballet Hispanico board... Read More

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Judy Dimon and Victor Cruz do a salsa dance reminiscent of Cruz's moves in the end zone after scoring a touchdown. Close

Judy Dimon and Victor Cruz do a salsa dance reminiscent of Cruz's moves in the end zone after scoring a touchdown.

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Theodore Dimon, Themis Dimon and Theodore Dimon Jr. Close

Theodore Dimon, Themis Dimon and Theodore Dimon Jr.

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Frank Bisignano, JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief administrative officer, and Tracy Bisignano. Close

Frank Bisignano, JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief administrative officer, and Tracy Bisignano.

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Dick Cashin, managing partner, One Equity Partners LLC, and Lisa Cashin. Close

Dick Cashin, managing partner, One Equity Partners LLC, and Lisa Cashin.

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Alvin Ailey dancers Glenn Allen Sims and Linda Celeste-Sims with gala honoree Jody Arnhold. Close

Alvin Ailey dancers Glenn Allen Sims and Linda Celeste-Sims with gala honoree Jody Arnhold.

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Damian Woetzel, former New York City Ballet dancer and artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival, and Jody Arnhold, past Ballet Hispanico chairman, watch Ballet Hispanico perform. Close

Damian Woetzel, former New York City Ballet dancer and artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival,... Read More

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Raymond J. McGuire, head of global banking, Citigroup Inc.

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Laurie Tisch, president, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Adam Weinberg, director, Whitney Museum of American Art. Close

Laurie Tisch, president, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Adam Weinberg, director, Whitney Museum of American Art.

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Siblings Ansel and Sophie Elgort. Close

Siblings Ansel and Sophie Elgort.

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Cora Cahan, president, The New 42nd Street and New Victory Theater, Fiona Rudin, vice chairman, New Victory Theater, Eric Rudin, vice chairman and president, Rudin Management Company Inc., and Crystal McCrary Anthony, author. Close

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Students of the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.

JPMorgan (JPM) Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon “is a terrible dancer,” his wife, Judy Dimon, said last night at a gala for Ballet Hispanico, of which JPMorgan was the lead sponsor.

She then moved her shoulders straight up and down to demonstrate what the 56-year-old leader of the biggest U.S. bank, with $2.27 trillion of assets at year-end, does on the dance floor.

Jamie Dimon’s mom, Themis Dimon, was no more encouraging.

Is he a good dancer? “No,” she said, shaking her head.

Jamie Dimon wasn’t present to prove otherwise.

“Unfortunately he couldn’t be here tonight because he had another commitment,” said his wife, a Ballet Hispanico board member and the event’s honorary chairman.

Too bad. Jamie Dimon missed a good party.

His wife, in a slim-fitting coral gown, danced a salsa with New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, reminiscent of his moves in the end zone after scoring a touchdown.

Cruz’s face lit up as he talked about his 3-month-old daughter and the book he’s finished writing, due out July 3.

JPMorgan executives Frank Bisignano, Michael Cavanagh, Mel Martinez, Dick Cashin and Nicolas Aguzin ate roast chicken, as did members of JPMorgan’s Latino and Hispanic network, Adelante. (One in five employees of the firm are Latino or Hispanic, Judy Dimon noted.)

Jamie Dimon’s daughters Julia, Kara and Laura and his twin brother, Ted Jr., sat at a table decorated with red roses.

Doc Martens

First Eagle Investment Management’s John Arnhold sported gold Doc Martens. Also present were the talented Elgorts: dance photographer Arthur, fashion photographer Sophie and actor Ansel, currently starring in the off-Broadway “Regrets.”

There were performances by members of Ballet Hispanico’s dance company and students at its school.

Judy Dimon said gala honoree Jody Arnhold, Ballet Hispanico’s “force of nature” for more than 30 years -- including 16 years as chairman -- recruited her.

“Underestimate her at your own expense,” Judy Dimon said from the stage of the Plaza Hotel ballroom. “How else could you possibly explain the overnight transformation of a bunch of Jewish American Princesses into Jewish Latin-American Princesses?”

The evening ended with the Dimons asserting themselves on the dance floor. Daughter Julia Dimon took an elegant spin with Arnhold’s son, Paul. (They have known each other since nursery school at the 92nd Street Y).

“We like to dance,” said Jamie Dimon’s father, Theodore Dimon. He and his wife had a Greek American band at their wedding, he added. “We dance the fox trot -- it’s nice and easy.”

The event raised more than $2 million for Ballet Hispanico, whose company will be performing at the Joyce Theater April 17 through April 29.

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

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