Career Transition For Dancers


Hosted by five-time Tony Award Winner ANGELA LANSBURY

Story By: Edward Callaghan

Angela Lansbury

Rolex presents Career Transition For Dancers’ 25th ANNIVERSARY SILVER JUBILEE: A STAR-STUDDED RETROSPECTIVE on Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th and 7th Ave) NYC. It will be followed by an Anniversary Supper with the Stars at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York. Hosted by Angela Lansbury, the five-time Tony Award-winning actress, and legendary star of musicals, films and television icon; the spectacular evening will highlight magical moments from past glittering galas which have featured thousands of dance world stars. The performance at New York City Center, 130 West 56th Street, begins at 7:00 PM promptly. Also joining the celebration are Tony Award Winners: Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Karen Ziemba and Marvin Hamlisch. Featuring artists from some of America’s greatest dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, MOMIX, National Dance Institute, and Parsons Dance, will perform at the entertainment/dance event of the new season. There will be show-stopping Broadway numbers from” 42nd Street” and “Chicago” and more stars, at this once-in-a-lifetime event that is not-to-be-missed! Honoring a quarter century of support, Career Transition For Dancers connects dancers to their future, and embraces the unique legacy of dance and dancers that enriches the human condition. The 2010 Rolex Dance Award will be presented to Twyla Tharp. The Career Transition For Dancers’ Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance will be presented to the organization’s four union founders: Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Musical Artists, Screen Actors Guild – Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund; as well as an award each to The Barth Family and to the CTFD President Cynthia G. Fischer. Also at the gala the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation will present Trisha Brown with the 59th annual Capezio Dance Award. (Artists & program are subject to change without notice). The Anniversary Supper with the Stars is always one of the most glamorous events of the season and a unique opportunity for guests to “Dance with the Dancers”. A highlight of the evening is always the extraordinary Luxury Auction which features a dazzling array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Among the lots to go under the gavel that evening are: Two Tickets to The Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter & Vanity Fair, the most coveted ducats on the planet; Make Your Broadway Debut! One lucky winner will get a walk on role in the smash musical “Billy Elliott”, 4 tickets to the show + a backstage tour and a walk-on role in “Mamma Mia”, 4 tickets to the show and dinner with one of the cast; Five Star Luxury Hotels in Eastern Europe – three nights in Budapest, two nights in Bratislava and two nights in Prague; Rah, Rah Rao’s, Dinner for four , the toughest reservation in town; Chateau Le Charmoise, Three lucky couples will spend seven days at Le Charmoise, a beautiful 16 room, 18th Century chateau, nestled in the Loire Valley; Turkey Day, Twenty people will enjoy a Champagne Brunch and “balloons-eye” view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, from windows overlooking Times Square at Career Transition For Dancers headquarters; Park City Magic, One week in a four bedroom / five bath home in Park City, Utah; The Yachts of Seabourn, One couple will be spoiled by a doting crew on a luxurious seven day cruise aboard a Seabourn ship; Las Vegas, a five day, four night stay at the Venetian Hotel with dinner and a show; Bahamas Getaway, five days & four nights at the exclusive Kamalame Cay , Private Island Resort & Residences in a beachfront house cottage suite and much more, ABT & NYCB Tickets & Tours and more fabulous experiences. This year CTFD launched its first Online Auction with, the charity partner of E Bay. Online at one can bid on a variety of items including: Dance with Melanie & Tony, Five 50 minute private dance lessons with TV choreographers and ballroom champions Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith; Magic with Mary Poppins, Four tickets to the Broadway show plus dinner with a cast member and a backstage tour; Dance at The Joyce, Four tickets to any performance at the Joyce Theatre’s 2010-2011 season; New York Philharmonic Tickets, Four tickets to any performance during the 2010-2011 season. The Online Auction runs through November 5, 2010. Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD), with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, has helped over 4,600 professional dancers in 47 states identify their unique talents in preparation for establishing new careers when dance is no longer an option. Since its founding in 1985, the organization has provided more than 46,000 hours (equivalent to over $4 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services - at no cost - and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education, entrepreneurial grants, and certification programs. CTFD also provides dancers with specialized services that include transition seminars and workshops, peer support groups, resource centers, a toll-free national career counseling hotline, a website, and a National Career Network. For more information, go to . The 25th Anniversary Chairs are Michele Herbert, Anka K. Palitz, Nicole Sexton and Allen Brill. Gala Chairs are Victor Elmaleh, Michele Riggi, James D. Rigler and Susan Fawcett Sosin. The Dinner Chair is Janice Becker; Auction Chairs are Ann Van Ness and Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick; West Coast Chair is Roberta Silbert; and the Journal Chair is Craig Dix. Vice Chairs are Gayle Conran, Alexander J. Dubé, Mercedes Ellington, Niko Elmaleh, Christina Rose and Irene Shen. Produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo. Honorary Chairs are Cynthia Gregory, Bebe Neuwirth, Sono Osato, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Lisa Niemi Swayze and Tommy Tune. Patron tickets are $600, $750 and $1,200 each. Tables for 10 start at $7,500. Patron tickets and tables include premium performance seating, post-performance Anniversary Supper with the Stars, dancing and a live auction at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York. Sponsorships and Jubilee Journal ads are also available. For gala tickets please call Marjorie Horne, McEvoy & Assocs. at (212) 228-7446 x33. For group sales call (718) 499-9691. Show only tickets are also available. ROLEX is the Presenting Sponsor. 25th Jubilee Sponsors are Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation; Lloyd Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation; Dance Magazine and Pointe. The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located at 165 West 46th Street Suite 701 (at Broadway – the Actors’ Equity Building) NYC 10036; tel. (212) 764-0172 and fax (212) 764-0343. In Los Angeles: 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 455, LA, CA 90036; tel. (323) 549-6660 and fax (323) 549-6810. In Chicago: at Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607; tel. (312) 666-0234 and fax (312) 455-8240.

Photos By: Walter McBride/Retna