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Shirley MacLaine to Receive 2015 ROLEX Dance Award


ROLEX presents Career Transition For Dancers' 30TH ANNIVERSARY PEARL JUBILEE: A STAR-STUDDED RETROSPECTIVE on Monday, September 28, at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6 & 7 Aves) NYC followed by "Supper With The Stars" at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. The 2015 Rolex Dance Award reciepent is Shirley MacLaine. "We are pleased to present this year's Rolex Dance Award to Shirley MacLaine, award-winning American film, television and theater actress, singer and dancer. We salute her dedication to the arts and support of Career Transition For Dancers." said Stewart Wicht, President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA. "Regardless of what I have done, seen, and enjoyed; I think of myself as a DANCER. It is the essence of my work ethic, my values, and my balance in life. I am honored to receive this recognition and to be among my fellow dancers again, as well as the princes of time...ROLEX. Thank You" stated Shirley MacLaine.

Shirley MacLaine began her illustrious career on the stage with "Me and Juliet" & "The Pajama Game." Her foray into film has led to more than 50 feature films highlighted by six Academy Award® nominations and a win for "Best Actress" in 1984 for her portrayal as Aurora Greenway in Terms Of Endearment. MacLaine also has six Emmy® Award nominations, seven Golden Globe® Wins - including the "Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award." In addition to her achievements on stage, film and television MacLaine was recognized with France's most prestigious cultural award, "Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur." at the French Cinematheque in 2011, the American Film Institute's "Lifetime Achievement" Award in 2012 and the "Kennedy Center Honors" in 2013. She is also an award winning international author.

The 30TH ANNIVERSARY PEARL JUBILEE is A Gala Celebration of Career Transition For Dancers' 30 YEARS CHANGING LIVES: A star-studded, variety retrospective featuring the best in performance with the Jubilee Orchestra. Some of the performances* for the evening are "All That Jazz" from CHICAGO with Bebe Neuwirth; American Ballet Theatre; Arthur Murray Dance Center, Columbus Circle; Big Apple Circus; Jazz Roots Dance Company; Joffrey Ballet Concert Group; National Dance Institute; New York Song & Dance Company; Parsons Dance; Jason Samuels Smith and others.

This one-night-only entertainment event of the season will celebrate ROLEX's distinguished past Rolex Dance Award recipients, and honor the legacy of dance, dancers and the mission of the organization. The previous Rolex Dance Award receipts were: Debbie Allen, Ann-Margret, Gerald Arpino & The Joffrey Ballet, Angela Lansbury, Nigel Lythgoe, Liza Minnelli, Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Patrick Swayze, Twyla Tharp, and Tommy Tune. The host as well as the Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards recipients will be announced at a later date.

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 6,400 dancers with over 62,000 hours-equivalent to approximately $8 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. The phone number is 212 764-0172 and the fax is 212 764-0343. In Los Angeles 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 455, LA 90036; 323 549-6660 and fax 323 549-6810. In Chicago at Hubbard Street Dance Center 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607; 312 666-0234 and fax 312 455-8240. To learn more about the organization and interact with the various services it provides online, please visit­

The 30th Anniversary Chairs are Anka K. Palitz, Michele Herbert and Michele Riggi. Janice Becker is the Dinner Chair; Ann Van Ness, Auction Chair and Craig Dix, Journal Chair. The 30th Anniversary Jubilee Sponsors: Dance Magazine and Pointe, and Andrew Faas-Faas Foundation.

Patron tickets are $750 and $1,500 each. Tables for 10 start at $7,500. They include premium performance seating, post-performance 'Supper with the Stars,' dancing and a live auction. Sponsorships and Journal ads are also available. For gala information and tickets please call Marjorie Horne, McEvoy & Assocs. at 212-228-7446 x33. For group sales call Susan Levy at (718) 499-9691. Performance-only tickets are on sale for $45, $60, $90 and $150 and can be purchased at the City Center Box Office, or by contacting CITYTIX at 212 581-1212 or on the web at

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