|ROLEX presented NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town — Career Transition For Dancers’ 29th Anniversary Jubilee earlier this month at New York City Center, followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury received the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. James Earl Jones, Ms. Lansbury’s Driving Miss Daisy co-star presented her with the award. The 2014 Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards went to Janice Galli Becker, Fe Saracino Fendi, and Joe Tremaine & Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions. The evening raised $1,087,000 for Career Transition For Dancers programs.
From Broadway to the Battery, NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town took the elegantly be-gowned & black-tied crowd on a rockin’ ride through the most inimitable, iconic entertainment capital of the world - a mecca for arts and culture. The show once again produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo was a 90 minute non-stop, high kickin’, electrifying evening that left the audience breathless.
|Special guests included Paula Abdul, Chita Rivera, Chuck Scarborough, legendary prima Ballerina & CTFD Chairman Emerita Cynthia Gregory with breathtaking and sexy performances by artists from: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; American Ballet Theatre; Arthur Murray Dance Center, Columbus Circle; Ballet Hispanico; Jonah Bokaer; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Industrial Rhythm; Silva Dance Company; and Tony Waag’s American Tap Dance Foundation. The Rockette Alumnae and Karen Ziemba’s performance of “I Want to Be A Rockette” was just one of the many numbers to draw a standing ovation. Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez also created a special number with music composed by Steven Jamail, Music Director & Supervisor for Rosie O’Donnell and her Rosie’s Theater Kids. Ballet Hispanico wins the prize for the most sensual performance of the night – which they continued at the after party at the Hilton!|
|Ms. Abdul gave a lovely shout out to her first teacher Honoree Joe Tremaine before introducing her new protégé Michael Dameski. Only 18, Dameski, one of the most versatile and sought after young performers, made his musical theatre debut in “Billy Elliot” in Australia; later performing the lead on Broadway and then for the US National Tour. In Australia on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, he was the ‘Winner of SYTYCD Australia 2014’. He was a recent guest performer on FOX’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ US Finale. Dameski brought down the house with his super-charged, sensual and athletic solo.|
|The 29th Anniversary Chairs are Anka K. Palitz, and Susan & Stewart Wicht. Gala Chairs are Avery & Andrew Barth, Janice & Stuart Becker, Victor Elmaleh, Fe & Alessandro Saracino Fendi, Michele & Lawrence Herbert, John Kimmins, Nancy & Duncan MacMillan, Phillip S. Masters, Michele & Ronald Riggi, Joe Tremaine, and Misty Widelitz. Janice Becker is the Dinner Chair; Ann Van Ness, Auction Chair; and Craig Dix, Journal Chair.
Vice Chairs are Alexander J. Dubé, Mercedes Ellington, Christina Rose, and Irene & Fred Shen. 29th Anniversary Jubilee Sponsors: Dance Magazine and Pointe; Misty Widelitz; Sono Osato & Victor Elmaleh; Joe Tremaine & Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions; Janice & Stuart Becker; Fe & Alessandro Saracino Fendi; Condé Nast; Official Wine Sponsor was Gianni Russo.
|Career Transition For Dancers, founded in 1985, enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop skills necessary to excel in post-performance professions. With offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and a mobile National Outreach Project, Career Transition For Dancers has provided more than 6,200 dancers with over 61,000 hours—equivalent to approximately $5.2 million—of career counseling and program services, and has awarded millions of dollars in educational scholarships and entrepreneurial grants.
The organization has helped thousands of dancers throughout the US take their first steps towards discovering rewarding post-performance careers. The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located at 165 W 46 Street, Suite 701 (at Broadway – the Actors’ Equity Building) NYC 10036.
Career Transition For Dancers is a proud recipient of a 2013 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. To learn more about the organization and interact with the various services it provides online, please visit www.careertransition.org.
|The Board of Directors of the Women’s Committee of Central Park Conservancy hosted its Annual Fall Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday, October 20th. The sold out fundraiser raised over $186,000 and was attended by over 400 guests.
Karen T. May, President of the Women’s Committee, was joined by Co-Chairmen Nyssa Kourkaos, Kamie Lightburn, Neda Navab, and Valerie Ohrstrom. Additional notable attendees included Adelina Wong Ettelson, Mary Pat Christie, Adrienne Vittadini, Carol Mack, Liz Peek, Caryn Zucker, Yesim Phillip, Deborah Roberts, Hilary Geary Ross, Karen LeFrak, Gillian Miniter, Eleanora Kennedy, Lise Evans, Fe Fendi, Jamee Gregory, Mai Hallingby-Harrison and Paige Hardy.
“This year’s Fall Luncheon, our most successful to date, once again brought together many of our most enthusiastic supporters for a wonderful event overlooking beautiful Central Park,” said Women’s Committee President, Karen May.
The event was generously supported by Van Cleef & Arpels for the 4th consecutive year.
|The Women's Committee is a group of dynamic women who are dedicated to the beautification and preservation of Central Park, raising 15% of Central Park Conservancy’s Annual Budget. Founded in 1983 by four visionary women, the Women’s Committee has been instrumental in increasing awareness and raising funds for many Park projects including: reconstruction of the Dana Discovery Center, renovation of Safari Playground, and re-creation of the Urns at Bow Bridge.
The Women's Committee is proud to host four of New York's premier charitable events: the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, the Women’s Committee Fall Luncheon, the Playground Partners Winter Luncheon, and the Annual Family Party in Heckscher Playground. The Committee is responsible for the management of many Parkwide programs including: Adopt-A-Bench, Tree Trust, Playground Partners, Daffodils and Tulips Donations, Perimeter Association, Conservancy Docents, and Olmsted Visionaries.
|Last month, superstar artists Itzhak Perlman, violin, and Emanuel Ax, piano, gave an intimate recital at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, performing sonatas by Richard Strauss and Fauré—the same works that will be included on their upcoming album. The performance benefited the subsidized services and community programming of The DiMenna Center, as well as The Perlman Music Program, which trains and nurtures young string players of rare talent.
The DiMenna Center is the home of Orchestra of St. Luke's, and New York City's only facility dedicated to classical music rehearsal and recording.
|Photographs by Annie Watt (Career Transition For Dancers); Billy Farrell Agency (CPC).|