Photo Coverage: 'AMERICA DANCES' Gala

Rolex presented "AMERICA DANCES! Celebrating Our Sparkling Heritage - Broadway, TV & Film"- Career Transition For Dancers' 24th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (bet. 7 & 6 Aves) NYC. 

"AMERICA DANCES! Celebrating Our Sparkling Heritage - Broadway, TV & Film" celebrated a variety of entertainment that defines our American culture-Past, Present and Future. It was produced & directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo.

The Jubilee Chair is Michele Herbert and the 24th Anniversary Chairs are Anka K. Palitz andAllen Brill. Gala Chairs are: Victor Elmaleh, Michele Riggi, James D. Rigler, Susan Fawcett Sosin & Lisa Niemi Swayze. The Dinner Chair is Janice Becker; Auction Chair is Ann Van Ness & Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick; West Coast Chair is Roberta Silbert and Journal Chairs are Richard A. Perdue & Thomas Porter. Vice Chairs are Gayle Conran, Alexander Dubé, Mercedes EllingtonChristina Rose, & Irene Shen. The Honorary Chairs are Cynthia GregoryDonna McKechnieSono OsatoAnn ReinkingChita Rivera & Tommy Tune

Career Transition For Dancers with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago has helped over 4,100 professional dancers 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 40,000 hours (equivalent to $4 million) of one-on-one career counseling and program services - at no cost - and has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for education and entrepreneuriAl Grants. 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. The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located in expanded offices at 165 West 46th Street Suite 701 (at Broadway - the Actors' EquityBuilding) NYC 10036. CTFD's phone number is 212 764-0172 and the fax is 212 764-0343. In Los Angeles: 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 455; LA, 90036, call 323 549-6660 and fax 323 549-6810. In Chicago: At Hubbard Street Dance Center 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607; call 312 666-0234 and fax 312 455-8240. www.careertransition.org.

Photos by Amy Shaughnessy

Photo Coverage: 'AMERICA DANCES' Gala
Brian Stokes Mitchell and Allyson Tucker

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Anka Palitz, Allen Brill and Lisa Niemi Swayze

Photo Coverage: 'AMERICA DANCES' Gala
Anka Palitz, Allen Brill and Lisa Niemi Swayze

Photo Coverage: 'AMERICA DANCES' Gala
Allen Brill and Lisa Niemi Swayze

Photo Coverage: 'AMERICA DANCES' Gala
Janice Becker, Cynthia Fisher and Ann Van Ness

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Lawrence Herbert and Allen Brill

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Roberta Silbert and Allen Brill

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Patricia Kennedy, Allen Brill and guest

Photo Coverage: 'AMERICA DANCES' Gala
Allen Brill, Michele and Lawrence Herbert

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Michele Herbert and Lawrence Herbert

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Michele Herbert

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Dancers of the evening

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Valerie Harper

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Ashley Bouder

Photo Coverage: 'AMERICA DANCES' Gala
Mary Lou Westerfield, Cynthia Gregory and Caitlin Carter

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Desmond Richardson, Patricia Kennedy, and a few of our finest

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Patricia Kennedy and Desmond Richardson

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Caitlin Carter and David Gibson

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Donald Saddler, Marge Champion, Anita Jaffe and Charlotte Moore

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Donald Saddler, Marge Champion, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Robert LaFosse and Mercedes Ellington

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John Selya

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Mercedes Ellington

Photo Coverage: 'AMERICA DANCES' Gala
Marge Champion, Donald Saddler, Mercedes Ellington and Robert LaFosse

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