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THE CHITA RIVERA AWARDS will take place on Sunday, May 19 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:30 pm EST 01/07/19

NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc.
PRESENTS

THE 3rd ANNUAL
CHITA RIVERA AWARDS

www.ChitaRiveraAwards.com


Awards will be held on Sunday, May 19
At The
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place


The 3rd annual Chita Rivera Awards (www.ChitaRiveraAwards.com) will take place on Sunday, May 19 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place off of Washington Square Park), it was announced today by Joe Lanteri, Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. (www.NYCDAFoundation.net). Lanteri produces in conjunction with Patricia Watt.

The nominations for the 3rd annual Chita Rivera Awards will be announced April 26.

Carrying the namesake of one of the great dance icons of the American musical theater, the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence - past, present and future. The awards will honor the superb achievement of each nominee, while recognizing the immeasurable talents and passion of every theatrical choreographer and dancer. Additionally, through education and scholarships, the awards are committed to nurturing future generations, as well as preserving notable dance history.

Nominators will consider outstanding choreography, featured dancers and ensemble in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as, outstanding choreography in film, that opened in the 2018-2019 season. Nominations for the productions under consideration this season will be determined by the designated nominating committee. There are separate nominating committees for Broadway, Off Broadway and Film. There is also an awarding committee for Broadway, which determines the final nominations that are received from the Broadway nominations committee.

Honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater Award, and Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Humanities Award as well as when tickets go on sale will be announced in the coming weeks.

The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation College Scholarship Program will be the beneficiary of the event. Since the inception of the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, 2.5 million dollars have been awarded to over 200 dancers represented in 42 of the most prestigious college dance programs in the country.

2018-2019 CHITA RIVERA AWARD NOMINATING COMMITTEES

The 2019 Awarding Committee
Chair: Sylviane Gold
Anna Kisselgoff
Donna McKechnie
Lee Roy Reams
Robert LaFosse
Ted Chapin
Wendy Perron

Broadway Nominating Committee
Andy Sandberg
Anna Kisselgoff
Caitlin Carter
Don Correia
Donna McKechnie
Gary Chryst
Jenny Lyn Bader
Jessica Thomas
Joe Lanteri
Jonathan Herzog
Laura Penn
Lee Roy Reams
Mary Beth O'Connor
Melinda Atwood
Mercedes Ellington
Michael Milton
Patricia Watt
Randy Skinner
Robert La Fosse
Sandy Duncan
Sylviane Gold
Ted Chapin
Wendy Federman
Wendy Perron


Off Broadway Nominating Committee
Deidre Goodwin
Jessica Thomas
Joe Lanteri
Jonathan Herzog
Michael Milton
Patricia Watt
Robert LaFosse
Scott Jovovich

Film Committee
Andy Sandberg
Joanna Ney
Mary Beth O'Connor
Rex Reed
Wilhelmina Frankfurt



ABOUT CHITA RIVERA
A theatrical icon and one of Broadway's greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. A versatile actress/singer/dancer, she recently starred in The Visit, the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele on Broadway, the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer's Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age nine) before receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet from the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Chita's first appearance (age 17) was as a principal dancer in Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry's Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. In 2018 she was honored as a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy; in 2016 she headlined at Carnegie Hall and in 2015, Great Performances aired their special "Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' To Do", a retrospective of her extraordinary life and career nationally on PBS. Her current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.

The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. (NYCDAF), founded in 2010 by Executive Director Joe Lanteri, is committed to broadening performing arts awareness while advocating education and high standards of excellence in dance. The Foundation invests in the next generation of professional performers by offering scholarships for secondary and college education. To date, over 250 talented teenagers have shared in nearly $2.5 million awarded directly through NYCDAF. Those recipients are represented in 42 of the most prestigious university arts programs in the country. Many have since graduated and are now represented on Broadway, as well as concert dance companies based in NYC and around the world. www.NYCDAFoundation.net
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