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Herberts Host Pre-Gala Reception for Career Transition For Dancers 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee
10/08/2010 - By NYC

Michele and Lawrence Herbert hosted a pre-gala kickoff cocktail reception for the upcoming Rolex presents Career Transition For Dancers’ 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee

– A Star-Studded Retrospective hosted by five time Tony Award winner and legendary Broadway musical star Angela Lansbury on November 8, at New York City Center followed by an Anniversary Supper with the Stars at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York.
When all the guests had arrived Michele - who is one of the 25th Anniversary Chairs along with Anniversary Chair along with her dear friends Anka Palitz, Nicole Sexton and Allen Brill - took center stage in front of the marble fireplace to officially thank the assembled crowd for their support and announced that they had already raised $860,000 toward their goal of $1 million.
Anka Palitz who has chaired the Jubilee for many years had the pleasure of announcing the stellar roster of honorees this year: The 2010 Rolex Dance Award will be presented to Twyla Tharp. The Career Transition For Dancers’ Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance will be presented to the organization’s four union founders: Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Musical Artists, Screen Actors Guild – Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund; as well as an award each to The Barth Family and to the CTFD President Cynthia G. Fischer. Also at the gala the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation will present Trisha Brown with the 59th annual Capezio Dance Award.
Ann Marie DeAngelo who produces and directs the show each year excited the crowd with the program for the Jubilee evening which features Tony Award Winners: Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Karen Ziemba and Marvin Hamlisch. Featuring artists from some of America’s greatest dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, MOMIX, National Dance Institute, and Parsons Dance, will perform at the entertainment/dance event of the new season. There will be show-stopping Broadway numbers from” 42nd Street” and “Chicago” and more stars, at this once-in-a-lifetime event that is not-to-be-missed! Ms. DeAngelo recreated one of Peter Martins’ grand jetes to their delight and drew howls from Martins who was in the room.
Guests feasted on curried chicken on baby lettuce, lobster rolls, seared tuna on wasabi coated crisps and mini burgers while listening to society favorite Lee Glantz at the piano delighting all with a range of show tunes and classics before many of them headed off to the Opera.
Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD), with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, has helped over 4,600 professional dancers in 47 states 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 46,000 hours (equivalent to over $4 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services - at no cost - and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education, entrepreneurial grants, and certification programs. CTFD also provides dancers with specialized services that include transition seminars and workshops, peer support groups, resource centers, a toll-free national career counseling hotline, a website, and a National Career Network. For more information, go to www.careertransition.org .
For gala tickets please call Marjorie Horne, McEvoy & Assocs. at (212) 228-7446 x33. For group sales call (718) 499-9691. Show only tickets are also available. at The NY City Center Box Office.
Photos by ANN WATT @ Society-Photos.com

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