Ava Astaire and Patricia Watt have announced the nominating committee for the 2011 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, the only awards that recognize excellence in dance on Broadway and in film.
This year's Nominating Committee Chair is Sylviane Gold. Committee members include Anna Kisselgoff, Damian Woetzel, Wendy Perron, Manny and Lani Azenberg, Donna McKechnie, Lee Roy Reams, Wendy Federman, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, Michael Riedel, Marge Champion, Margaret Selby, Melinda Atwood, Bryan Bantry, Adam Zotovich, Andy Sandberg and Bruce Michael.
Complete list of nominations will be announced on April 26 at the Firebird Russian Restaurant 365 West 46th Street on Theater Row. The 29th Annual Fred & Adele Awards will take place at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, 566 LaGuardia Place on May 15, 2011.
The Astaire Awards are presented by Ava Astaire and The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts. Producer of the awards is Patricia Watt. Co-Producer is the National Dance Alliance. Director is Joe Lanteri. Honorary Chairs are Wendy Federman and Judith Jamison.
Chairing The Astaire Awards Gala are Carolyn Kendall Buchter and Bruce Michael.
The Honorary Committee includes; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Adler, Jean Claude Baker, Bob Balaban, Marisa Berenson, Anna Bergman, Patricia Birch, Marge Champion, Arlene Dahl, Jacques d'Amboise, Gracielle Danielle, Eve Ensler, Jules Fisher, Mario Fratti, Mitzi Gaynor, Savion Glover, Joel Grey, Anne Jackson, Susan Jaffee, Arthur Laurents, Rob Marshall, Donna McKechnie, Joey McKneely, Jerry Mitchell, BebeNeuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Marsha Norman, Robert Osbourne, Jane Powell & Dick Moore ,Harold Prince, Rex Reed, Ann Reinking, Donald Saddler, Liz Smith, Richard Thomas, Sergio Trujillo, Karen Ziemba and Eli Wallach.