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by Michael Portantiere

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    The mission of Career Transition for Dancers is "to empower current and former professional dancers, as well as their younger counterparts, with the knowledge and skills necessary to clearly define their career possibilities after dance and to provide the resources to help make these possibilities a reality." CTFD held its annual between-shows get-together, sponsored by The Shubert Organization, at Sardi's on Wednesday, March 26.


    Among the attendees was this merry group from Curtains: Christopher Spaulding, Noah Racey, and Jen Frankel.


    Also on hand: Seth Stewart and Michael Balderrama, from In the Heights.


    Event co-host Graciela Daniele with John Selya, praised for his thrilling dancing in Movin' Out, and Andy Blankenbuehler, whose choreography of In the Heights has the whole town talking.


    A Chorus Line's Jeffrey Schecter and Heather Parcells with Hairspray's Joe Abraham.


    Alexander J. Dubé, CTFD's executive director, with event co-host Mercedes Ellington.


    Mary Lou Westerfield of Actors' Equity and Judith Anderson, vice president of CTFD, flanked by Phil Smith and Gerald Schoenfeld of The Shubert Organization.


    Event co-hosts Allyson Tucker, John Selya, Mercedes Ellington, Graciela Daniele, Brenda Braxton, and Andy Blankenbuehler.

    Published on Thursday, March 27, 2008

    Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at [email protected]

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