JPMorgan 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.
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.)
-- Editors: Mark Beech, Catherine Hickley.