Rolex presented "One World: A Spectacular Global Celebration," Career Transition For Dancers' 21st Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 23, 2006 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center (131 West 55 Street, between 7 and 6 Aves.). The evening was followed by an Anniversary Supper with the Stars at Hilton New York's Grand Ballroom. The evening benefited Career Transition for Dancers.
The evening included appearances by Mercedes Ellington, Sutton Foster, James Earl Jones, Liza Minnelli, Bebe Neuwirth, and features special performances by artists from: American Ballet Theatre; BALAM Dance Theatre; Ballet de Monterrey; Dance China NY; Donny Golden Irish Dance; Drum Café NY; Sachiyo Ito; The Joffrey Ballet; Eric Lewis; Luna Negra Dance Theater; National Dance Institute of New Mexico; Ologunde; Parul Shah Dance Co.; Billy Porter; Noah Racey; Rosie's Broadway Kids; San Francisco Ballet; Sounds of Korea; Thunderbird American Indian Dancers; Mr. Wiggles plus more Stars and surprises. It was produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo and written by Deborah Grace Winer. As in the past, the Gala featured some World Premieres that are especially created for the show (artists & program subject to change).
The Rolex Dance Award was presented to two-time Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera, who is one of the theatre's most acclaimed performers. She has won two Tony Awards (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink) and received six additional Tony nominations. A CTFD Award was presented to Barry Weinstein on behalf of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation for outstanding contributions to the world of dance.
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Rolex Dance Award Recipient Chita Rivera
Barry Weinstein (Board Member of the the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation), Chita Rivera and Allen Brill (CEO and President of Rolex)
Hilary Weinstein (Board Member of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation), Barry Weinstein and Chita Rivera
Janice Becker (Dinner Chair) and Stu Becker
Chita Rivera and Allen Brill
Carmen de Lavallade (Honorary Chair)
Chairwoman Denise Cobb
Patricia J. Kennedy (21st Anniversary Chair) and Gerald Arpino (last year's recipient of the Rolex Dance Award)