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by Michael Portantiere

The Dancer's Life

  • With Angela Lansbury hosting, and with special appearances by the likes of Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Karen Ziemba, Marge Champion, Cynthia Gregory, and Edward Villella, Career Transition for Dancers' 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee celebration at City Center on Monday, November 8 was truly star-studded. Presented by Rolex, the event included awards to Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown, and several other organizations and individuals. It was a wonderful showcase for awesome dancers from ABT II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, the American Tap Dance Foundation Youth Program, the Joffrey Ballet, The Last Mambo, the Louisville Ballet, MOMIX, the National Dance Institute, Parsons Dance, and the World Cup All Stars. In addition to numerous classical, jazz, and modern dance pieces, there were numbers from 42nd Street and Chicago, as well as a new song by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes that was written especially for the occasion and sung by Lansbury, Rivera, et al. Here are my pix of the show.
















    Published on Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    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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