Christina Applegate, Paula Abdul and More Set for Dizzy Feet Foundation and The Music Center's 2014 'Celebration of Dance' Gala Tonight
The Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF) and The Music Center today announced Christina Applegate, Jenna Elfman, Wayne Brady, Paula Abdul and Elizabeth Berkley as presenters for the fourth annual "Celebration of Dance" Gala, which will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center in Los Angeles tonight, July 19.
They will be joined by International Emmy Award-winning producer Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance); director Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Rock of Ages); dancers/choreographers Stephen "tWitch" Boss (So You Think You Can Dance, Bones) and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp (So You Think You Can Dance); and performers including talent from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, the Step Up films, Diavolo Dance, Syncopated Ladies, Ailey II and many others for the prestigious annual gala event.
This year's DFF Inspiration Award will go to Debbie Allen. The DFF Inspiration Award is presented to an individual whose dance prowess, talent, and gifts have delighted audiences and whose career in film, television, and/or theater has left an indelible mark on the entertainment field.
Red Bull will receive the DFF Impact Award. The DFF Impact Award is presented to an individual or entity whose enthusiasm for and support of dance and the arts has had a major impact in terms of community, culture, and country.
Pierre Dulaine & Yvonne Marceau, will jointly receive the Gene Kelly Legacy Award presented by DFF and Gene Kelly Legacy, Inc. Kelly's widow, Patricia Ward Kelly will be on hand to present the award which is given to an artist/s whose career achievements best represent the innovative vision, creativity, and lasting contribution that Gene Kelly made not only to the art of dance on film but to the world as a whole, as an educator and cultural ambassador.
All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is threefold: to sponsor, fund, and/or support dance education programs that expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education through and with local community organizations; to provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited or nationally regarded dance schools, studios, or institutions; and in conjunction with recognized credentialing organizations, to support and increase the quality of all styles of dance education in the United States.
Individual VIP tickets are available for purchase at www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org/tickets for $400 and include admission to the Gala Performance and a seat at the Celebration Supper. General admission tickets for the Gala Performance only are available starting at $34 through The Music Center Box Office: www.musiccenter.org/DFF.
About the Dizzy Feet Foundation: The Dizzy Feet Foundation was established in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and actress Katie Holmes, among others, to help underprivileged young people realize their dream of becoming professional dancers and to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. The Dizzy Feet Foundation also sponsors, funds, and offers community-based dance programs that expose children in underserved areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education. The Dizzy Feet Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
About The Music Center: The Music Center one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country and Los Angeles' home to the world's greatest artistic programs and events. With four iconic theaters and four renowned resident companies - Center Theatre Group, LA Opera, LA Phil and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, as well as Glorya Kaufman presents Dance at The Music Center - The Music Center is a destination where audiences find inspiration in the very best of live performance as well as through nationally recognized arts education, participatory arts experiences, and year-round public programming. For more information, visit www.musiccenter.org and follow The Music Center on Facebook and Twitter (@MusicCenterLA).
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