GOTTA DANCE! A Dance Tribute to Hollywood

Last night, October 27, Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD) presented its 9th Annual Gala – GOTTA DANCE! A Dance Tribute to Hollywoodat CityCenter. BroadwayWorld attended the gala as well as the dress rehearsal earlier in the day. The nostalgic evening honored and paid tribute to that wonderful era when some of the most superb in dance and choreography was immortalized on film. Such classics as "Singin' In The Rain," "Red Shoes," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "West Side Story," "Sweet Charity," "The Turning Point," and "Saturday Night Fever" were and continue to be an inspiration and joy to lovers of dance.

Among the evening's highlights were THE BLACK SWAN, Swan Lake Act 111 Pas de Deux (The Music Lovers, 1970) performed by the Royal Ballet's Alina Cojocaru & Johan Kobborg, introduced by Lynn Redgrave; The Balcony Scene from Act 1 ROMEO AND JULIET (The Turning Point, 1977) performed by Ashley Tuttle and Angel Corella of the American Ballet Theatre, introduced by Leslie Browne; BIG SPENDER (Sweet Charity, 1969) featuring Bebe Neuwirth & Ann Reinking; THE MERRY WIDOW WALTZ (The Merry Widow, 1934) danced by Marge Champion and Donald Saddler and the finale HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD (Hollywood Hotel, 1937) led by Marni Nixon, Kate Levering and Randy Skinner (Director GOTTA DANCE!, A Dance Tribute to Hollywood).

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Lilian Barbuti An expat from London, England, Lilian has made New York her home for over 30 years. She has a career background in the music industry, having worked in the promotion and creative departments of major recording companies on both sides of the pond.