Photo Coverage: 2010 Astaire Awards Honors Jones, Ortega et al.

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Amid an electrifying evening of dance by the greatest talents of Broadway and film, the 2010 Fred & Adele Astaire Award winners were announced at the 28th annual awards ceremony at the Gerald W. Lynch at John Jay College. The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award named for the late esteemed critic and co-founder of the Awards was presented to the legendary director and choreographer Kenny Ortega by Grammy winner Roberta Flack. Host for the evening was Ben Vereen.

The two hour + show featured numerous show-stoppers a magical dance saluteto Michael Jackson choreographed by Bronwen Carson; performances by cast members of "Fela", "Come Fly Away", "Ragtime" and "Memphis"; Ronald K. Brown's acclaimed Evidence, A Dance Company performing a number to commemorate their 25th Anniversary; "Dancing With The Stars" Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Roby a rousing finale set by Tricia Brouk and more.

Awards for excellence in dance on stage went to:

Choreographer
Bill T. Jones - Fela

Male Dancer
Charlie Neshyba-Hodges - Come Fly Away

Female Dancers
Nicole Chantal de Weever & the Female Ensemble - Fela

(Hettie Vyrine Barnhill, Lauren de Veaux, Elasea Douglas, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Catherine Foster, Shaneeka Harrrell, Chanon Judson, Shakira Marshall, Afi McClendon, Oneika Phillips, Jill Vallery, Iris Wilson, Aimee Graham Wodobode )

Awards for excellence in dance on film went to:

Choreographer (Fictional Film):
Marguerite Derricks - Fame

Director (Documentary Dance Film):
Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern - Every Little Step

The evening was directed by Lee Roy Reams and produced by Patricia Watt. Co-director and Choreographic Consultant was Joe Lanteri. Associate Producer and Choreographer for the Michael Jackson Tribute was Bronwen Carson. Writer was Randall David Cook and Finale Choreographer was Tricia Brouk.

The Nominating Committee for the 2010 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards was comprised of: Anna Kisselgoff, former Chief Dance Critic, New York Times; Wendy Perron, Editor in Chief of Dance Magazine, Sylviane Gold, freelance dance columnist for Dance Magazine, The New York Times, Newsday and Damian Woetzel, former lead dancer of the New York City Ballet, Artistic Director of The Vail Institute

Honorary Chairs for the Awards Gala were Roberta Flack, The Countess Luann DeLesseps, and Bruce Michael; Gala Co-chairs were Robin Cofer, Carolyn Kendall Buchter, Sara Ann Johnson, Joe Lanteri and Cassandra Seidenfeld-Lyster.

Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Coverage: 2010 Astaire Awards Honors Jones, Ortega et al.

Photo Coverage: 2010 Astaire Awards Honors Jones, Ortega et al.
Melanie LaPatin & Lee Roy Reams

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Dee Hoty & Lee Roy Reams

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Lee Roy Reams & Sondra Lee

Photo Coverage: 2010 Astaire Awards Honors Jones, Ortega et al.
Carol Lawrence & Lee Roy Reams

Photo Coverage: 2010 Astaire Awards Honors Jones, Ortega et al.
Lee Roy Reams & Mercedes Ellington

Photo Coverage: 2010 Astaire Awards Honors Jones, Ortega et al.
Carol Lawrence & Lee Roy Reams

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Ben Vereen & Lee Roy Reams

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LuAnn de Lesseps

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Geo

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Geo

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Geo

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Geo

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Evidence, A Dance Company

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Evidence, A Dance Company

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Evidence, A Dance Company

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Tony Dovolani & Samantha Zack

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Tony Dovolani & Samantha Zack

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The Manzari Brothers

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The Manzari Brothers

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The Manzari Brothers

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Cheryl Burke

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Bryan Fenkart

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Bryan Fenkart & The Cast of Memphis

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The Cast of Memphis

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The Cast of Memphis

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The Cast of Memphis

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The Cast of Memphis

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The Cast of Memphis

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A Tribute to Michael Jackson, Choreographed by Bronwen Carson

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A Tribute to Michael Jackson, Choreographed by Bronwen Carson

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A Tribute to Michael Jackson, Choreographed by Bronwen Carson

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A Tribute to Michael Jackson, Choreographed by Bronwen Carson

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Choreographed by Tricia Brouk

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Choreographed by Tricia Brouk

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Tony Dovolani & dancers

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Choreographed by Valerie Harman & Linsey O'Neal

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Charlotte d'Amboise

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Female ensemble in Fela

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Female ensemble in Fela

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Female ensemble in Fela

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Kyra Ynez Siegel , Alex Ko and Laurissa Romain

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Jerry Mitchell

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Roberta Flack

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Kenny Ortega

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Kenny Ortega

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Carol Lawrencem, Sondra Lee & Mercedes Ellington

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Bob Balaban

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Ben Vereen

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Come Fly Away dancers

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John Selya & Holley Farmer

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John Selya

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Holley Farmer & John Selya

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Come Fly Away dancers

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Laura Mead & Charlie Neshyba-Hodges

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Charlie Neshyba-Hodges

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Charlie Neshyba-Hodges

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Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, Laura Mead, Holley Farmer & John Selya

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Carol Lawrencem, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, Sondra Lee & Mercedes Ellington

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Charlie Neshyba-Hodges

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Charlie Neshyba-Hodges

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At a young age Monica Simoes became a fan of the stage forever. She always dreamt of being a part of theatrical magic. However, those dreams seemed thwarted by her inability to carry a note and her two left feet. Yet, that minor speed bump didn't stop her. She has melded her passion for theatre and her photographic skill to capture the essence of Broadway. Monica is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design. She hopes to continue enjoying all that Broadway has to offer through the viewfinder of her camera.


 
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