Ardent dance fans came in from The Hamptons or drove down from Connecticut for Patricia Kennedy and Rolex USA CEO Allen Brill's annual kickoff luncheon for the Career Transition for Dancers Jubilee Gala at famed restaurant Sardi's for the announcement of this year's honorees and the lineup of participating artists.
American Ballet Theater Board Member Anka Palitz and The Jerome Robbins Foundation were this year's honorees.
Once again, Rolex will be the presenting sponsor for the gala "Dance Rocks! An Electrifying Evening Of Entertainment" Career Transition For Dancers' 22nd Anniversary Jubilee, which will take place on Monday, October 29, 2007 at New York City Center. "For one night only it will be an entertaining, electrifying evening of dance set to music through the decades, from the 50's to hip hop. With the eclectic fusion of dance and live contemporary music, 'Dance Rocks!' will attract theatergoers as well as nostalgia seekers of all generations for an evening of pulsating entertainment. The Gala will be the entertainment-dance event of the new season," state press notes.
The evening will feature appearances and special performances by and artists from American Ballet Theatre, ABT Studio Co., Atlanta Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Charlotte D'Amboise, Dance Theatre of Harlem's Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, Dancing Wheels, DP ONE, Miguel Frasconi, Joffrey Ballet, KR3T's, Melissa Manchester, New York City Ballet, Elizabeth Parkinson, Parsons Dance Company, Keith Roberts, John Selya, Jason Samuels Smith, Mr. Wiggles, Wylliams Henry Dance Theater and others. It will be produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo and written by Deborah Grace Winer. As in the past, the Gala will feature some World Premieres especially created for the show.
Since its founding in 1985, Career Transition For Dancers with offices in New York and Los Angeles, has helped over 3,300 professional dancers identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option.
Visit www.careertransition.org for more information.
Photos by John Wegorzewski
Anka Palitz, Janice Becker, Ann Van Ness and Patricia Kennedy
Co-chair Patricia Kennedy
Co-chairs Patricia Kennedy and Allen Brill with Anka Palitz
CTFD president Cynthia Fischer and Mercedes Ellington
Cynthia Fischer and Helene Alexopoulos
Cynthia Gregory, Anka Palitz, Ann Marie De Angelo and Carol Lieberman
Edward Callaghan, Co-Chair Patricia Kennedy and John Wegorzewski
Eric Lewis and Patricia Kennedy
Floria Lasky and Chris Pennington
Georg Jensen president Larry Barkley and Laurence Krashes
Janice Becker, Anka Palitz, Cynthia Gregory, Cynthia Fischer and Michele Riggi
Laura Zeckendorf, Ann Marie De Angelo and William Dale
Laura Zeckendorf, Mercedes Ellington, Janice Becker, Anka Palitz, Ann Van Ness and Patricia Kennedy
Lawrence B. Benenson and Patricia Kennedy
Patricia Kennedy and Donald Bryandt
Patricia Kennedy, Edward Callaghan and Caroline Lieberman
Patricia Kennedy, Ward and Judith Landrigan
Rolex CEO Allen Brill