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Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee

ROLEX presented NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town -- Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.), NYC followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury received the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. James Earl Jones, Ms. Lansbury's Driving Miss Daisy co-star, presented her with the award. The 2014 Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards honorees went to Janice Galli Becker, Fe Saracino Fendi, and Joe Tremaine & Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions. Scroll down for photos of the performances and starry attendees!

From Broadway to the Battery, NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town took the elegantly be-gowned & black-tied crowd on a rockin' ride through the most inimitable, iconic entertainment capital of the world - a mecca for arts and culture. The show once again produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo was a 90 minute non-stop, high kickin', electrifying evening that left the audience breathless.

Special guests included Paula Abdul, Chita Rivera, Chuck Scarborough, legendary prima Ballerina & CTFD Chairman Emerita Cynthia Gregory with breathtaking and sexy performances by artists from: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; American Ballet Theatre; Arthur Murray Dance Center, Columbus Circle; Ballet Hispanico; Jonah Bokaer; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Industrial Rhythm; Silva Dance Company; and Tony Waag's American Tap Dance Foundation. The Rockette Alumnae and Karen Ziemba's performance of "I Want To Be A Rockette" was just one of the many numbers to draw a standing ovation. Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez also created a special number with music composed by Steven Jamail, Music Director & Supervisor for Rosie O'Donnell and her Rosie's Theater Kids. Ballet Hispanico wins the prize for the most sensual performance of the night -- which they continued at the after party at the Hilton!

Ms. Abdul gave a lovely shout out to her first teacher Honoree Joe Tremaine before introducing her new protégé Michael Dameski. Only 18, Dameski, one of the most versatile and sought after young performers, made his musical theatre debut in "Billy Elliot" in Australia; later performing the lead on Broadway and then for the US National Tour. In Australia on 'So You Think You Can Dance', he was the 'Winner of SYTYCD Australia 2014'. He was a recent guest performer on FOX's 'So You Think You Can Dance' US Finale. Dameski brought down the house with his super-charged, sensual and athletic solo.

Career Transition For Dancers, founded in 1985, enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop skills necessary to excel in post-performance professions. With of­fices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and a mobile National Outreach Project, Career Transition For Dancers has provided more than 6,200 dancers with over 61,000 hours -- equivalent to approximately $5.2 million -- of career counseling and program services, and has awarded millions of dollars in educational scholarships and entrepreneurial grants. The organization has helped thousands of dancers throughout the US take their first steps towards discovering reward­ing post-performance careers. The Caroline & Theodore Newhouse Center for Dancers is located at 165 W 46 Street, Suite 701 (at Broadway - the Actors' Equity Building) NYC 10036. Career Transition For Dancers is a proud recipient of a 2013 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. To learn more about the organization and interact with the various services it provides online, visit www.career­transition.org.

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Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Sold out NY City Center for Career Transition for Dancers 29th Jubilee

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Tony Waag's American Tap Dance Foundation

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Chuck Scarborough welcomes Chita Rivera

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Dance Theater of Harlem performs Mother Popcorn from Return

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Kirven Douthit-Boyd

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
World Premiere of New York Church of Mambo choreographed by Alex Sanchez

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
American Ballet Theatre's Veronika Part and Blaine Hoven in the pas de deux from Seven Sonatas

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
The brilliant Michael Dameski

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Karen Ziemba & The Rockettes Alumni in I want to be a Rockette

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
James Earl Jones presented Angela Lansbury with the ROLEX Dance Award

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Samba by Silva Dance Company

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
To the strains of beating garbage cans, Industrial Rhythm brings down the house

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Dustin Hubel and his floating hoops

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee

Ballet Hispanico

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Michele Riggi, Anka Palitz

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Roberta Silbert and Lenny Lauren

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Anka Palitz, Robert Bradford and Barbara Taylor Bradford

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Honorees Angela Lansbury, Fe Saracino Fendi, Joe Tremaine, Janice Galli Becker

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Ann & Bill Van Ness

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Michelle and Larry Herbert

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Susan Gutfreund, Larry Kaiser

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Lucia Hwong Gordon

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Richard and Donna Soloway

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Jean Shafiroff

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Paula Abdul and Michael Dameski

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Thomas and Patricia Shiah

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Choreographer & director Joe Lanteri and Michael Cain

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory & Ann Marie DeAngelo, producer & director

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Bonnie Evans and Michelle Herbert

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
The dance pros take the floor

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, Michael Dameski and More at Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Jubilee
Ballet Hispanico still dancing at the party




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