On December 13th, Dancers over 40 will proudly honor five women whose careers, lives and deeds have exceeded expectations and whose contributions to the art of dance have been extraordinary: Marge Champion, Margery Beddow, Nicole Barth, Gemze de Lappe and Billie Mahoney.
Marge Champion has appeared on stage in the 2001 revival of Follies as Emily, and in the original production of 3 for Tonight in 1955. Margery Beddow has appeared in numerous stage productions including Ulysses in Nighttown, Little Me, We Take the Town, Show Boat, The Conquering Hero, Redhead, and Two on the Aisle. Nicole Barth has appeared in Take Me Along, Carnival!, Nowhere to Go But Up, Hello, Dolly!, Dear World, and Sugar. Gemze de Lappe has appeared in The King and I, Paint Your Wagon, Phoenix '55, Oklahoma!, Juno, and multiple productions of Brigadoon. Billie Mahoney has had a long and varied career as a dancer, and Gregory Hines calls her a "legend in tap dancing."
Tickets are $15.00 for members, and $25.00 for non-members, and can be purchased by calling 212-330-7012, or by visiting www.dancersover40.org. The event will be held at SWING 46, 349 West 46th Street, Sunday December 13, 2 - 5pm.
Dancers Over 40, Inc. was created as a not-for-profit organization to provide a community of support in response to the fiscal -- as well as physical - needs of mature dancers, choreographers and related artists. The goals are to seek educational opportunities, present seminars, socials and panel discussions on topics important to mature dancers concerned about their ability to continue to live and work in a creative environment and continue the legacy to those dancers about to begin their journey. Founded in 1994 by a group of Broadway dancers, the growing organization also publishes a newsletter. Memberships are available for all (you do not have to be a dancer). For more information as well as photos and features on DO40 events visit www.dancersover40.org.
Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi