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America Dances! Celebrating Our Sparkling Heritage - Broadway, TV & Film
11/02/2009

America Dances! Celebrating Our Sparkling Heritage - Broadway, TV & Film

"AMERICA DANCES! Celebrating Our Sparkling Heritage - Broadway, TV & Film" celebrated a variety of entertainment that defines our American culture-Past, Present and Future.

It was produced & directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo. Honorees included Larry Herbert, the late Patrick Swayze and Lloyd Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.

The New York City Center event on November 2nd, featured a huge variety of dancers of all types: ballet, modern, tap, jazz, salsa. Among the highlights: the "Stars and Stripes" pas de deux by Ashley Bouder and Andrew Veyette of New York City Ballet; a duet by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; the synchronized tap-dancing of the Lombard Twins; excerpts from Bob Fosse's "Dancin'"; and a salsa performance by unheralded youngsters Alexandra Gutkovitch, 10, and John Gaylan, 14, that brought down the house. Laura Benanti, Valerie Harper and Samuel Ramey also appeared to support their colleagues who dance as part of their career.

The Jubilee Chair is Michele Herbert and the 24th Anniversary Chairs are Anka K. Palitz and Allen Brill. Gala Chairs include Victor Elmaleh, Michele Riggi, James D. Rigler, Susan Fawcett Sosin & Lisa Niemi Swayze. The Dinner Chair is Janice Becker; Auction Chair is Ann Van Ness & Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick; West Coast Chair is Roberta Silbert and Journal Chairs are Richard A. Perdue & Thomas Porter. Vice Chairs are Gayle Conran, Alexander Dubé, Mercedes Ellington, Christina Rose, & Irene Shen. The Honorary Chairs are Cynthia Gregory, Donna McKechnie, Sono Osato, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune.

Career Transition For Dancers with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and
Chicago has helped over 4,100 professional dancers identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option. Since its founding in 1985, the organization has provided more than 40,000 hours (equivalent to $4 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services - at no cost - and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education and entrepreneurial ventures. The organization also provides dancers with specialized services that include transition seminars and workshops, peer support groups, resource centers, a toll-free national career counseling hotline, an interactive resource website, and a National Career Network.

For more information please visit, careertransition.org.

Photos: Patrick McMullan and Richard Termine


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