"What a wonderful surprise it was when I heard about this award in my name," said Chita Rivera. "It's so important to encourage young dancers and choreographers...they are our future. And ADM21 is doing just that."
The nominations for The Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography will be announced on May 1st at The Friar's Club (57 E. 55th Street) and the awards will be held on September 11th at The Hammerstein Ballroom (311 W. 34th Street).
The awards will be given for theater and film productions in the 2016-2017 season. This year's awarding committee includes: Sylviane Gold (freelance dance writer), Judith Jamison (former artistic director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater), Anna Kisselgoff (dance writer and formerly chief dance critic of The New York Times), Robert La Fosse (former Principal dancer with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, Broadway dancer, choreographer, teacher), Donna McKechnie(dance and theater icon), Wendy Perron (dancer, choreographer, and teacher who was the Editor-in-Chief of Dance Magazine from 2004 to 2013) and Lee Roy Reams (Broadway actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director).
The mission of the Chita Rivera Awards for Dance and Choreography is to celebrate dance excellence and the awards seek to continue that vision by not only celebrating the superb achievement of each nominee but by recognizing the immeasurable talents and passion of every theatrical choreographer and dancer.