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20 Creative Ideas to Decorate your Dance Studio



If you’ve recently opened a studio or are renovating an existing one, you’re probably on a tight budget. If you’re stuck thinking inside the box, covering the blank walls in your hallways, waiting rooms can be a daunting task. 

You can use these dance studio decorating ideas to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere with beautiful, inexpensive items. This can be done if you use your imagination.

1.   Dance wall art


It’s now time to put the finishing touches on the project.  Murals can inspire students to work harder, be more creative. And enjoy their time dancing even more by capturing the movement, momentum, and beauty of dance. 

You’ve taken care of the most critical aspects of your dance studio design concepts. Use meaningful art or decorative pieces that reflect you and your studio to bring your space to life.

Wall decals are simple to apply and remove, allowing you to keep your space looking fresh and new at all times. This concept could include various types of wall art. 

If you prefer a traditional painting, photographs, or wall art, dance wall art from Elephantstock is the best option. You can even find prints you like and frame them yourself if you’re on a tight budget.

2.   Inspirational quotes


Another way to motivate your dance team is to use inspirational quotes. People can be lifted, encouraged, and inspired to do things they wouldn’t normally do by powerful words. You can choose from various quotes, whether you want an inspirational message in your dance studio or a motivational saying on the wall. These can create a positive atmosphere in any setting.

3.   Strikingly mod 


A glittery pink wall may be appropriate for your preschool ballerinas, but it’s not the best way to attract male dancers to your studio. Ensure the design is “unisex,” so to speak, if you’re trying to attract more boys to your studio. 

With a modern-inspired look, you can create an aesthetic that appeals to both boys and girls. Choose a few bold and vibrant colors to paint the walls, such as electric blue and lemon yellow. 

Simple signage, chairs, and tables in a plain color like black or white are ideal. Without being overly feminine, the stark contrast will look elegant and sophisticated.

4.   Eclectic decor 

You don’t have to choose just one excellent dance studio design idea if you’re torn between a few. Eclectic decor is trendy among homeowners, but you can apply the concept to your studio as well. 

Collect your favorite ornaments and see which unlikely combinations work well together. You can achieve a perfect balance when you mix a few sleek modern pieces with more rustic, unfinished elements. Then that balance wouldn’t be able to accomplish if you stuck to one theme.

5.   Thrift it

Look for bargains at thrift stores, but be cautious! If they’ve taken advantage of your goodwill, their furniture prices have skyrocketed. Also, see if there is a Facebook Yard Sale Group in your area.

You can find fantastic pieces of furniture for a song, if not for nothing at all. They simply needed to get rid of everything.

6.   Murals


Dancing is a form of expression. When plain walls hem in dancers’ imaginations and spirits, they cannot perform at their best. Dancers require colorful murals to harness the joy of dance and become better performers and dancers.

When it comes to mural designs and ideas for a dance studio mural, the possibilities are endless, including graffiti murals with a more urban contemporary appeal or art murals with a more classical artistic appearance.

7.   Gallery walls 


The collage or gallery wall is one of the most popular dance studio design trends right now. This unique decor style can be used in various spaces, including bedrooms, foyers, and even dance studios! A gallery wall will showcase your personality while adding interest and dimension to your studio space. 

If you have a blank wall, you’re not sure how to decorate it. What kinds of things can you put in the collage? You can have whatever you want! A collection of framed inspirational quotes could be an excellent place to begin. If you have any dance competition ribbons or plaques, toss them in the mix as well. Clocks, wooden initials, and chalkboards are examples of non-traditional items.

8.   Trophy displays 

If you’ve been teaching dance for a while, you’ve probably accumulated quite a collection of trophies. You could simply place them on shelves for students to see, or you could get creative with your displays.

Installing recessed cavities where trophies can be arranged is a fun option if you have a little money for a renovation. This will prevent them from taking up too much space and give your studio a professional appearance. Install a narrow shelf around the top of your walls for visible storage out of the way.

9.   Frame free printables


It’s always better to get something for nothing! If you don’t have time to make your wall art, free printables are an excellent alternative. Simply purchase some very inexpensive frames and go to town.

There are a plethora of free printables available on the internet. These three printables make such a lovely mini-gallery when combined!

10.                 Wall decals 

Pictures, posters, and canvasses are likely to come to mind when thinking of wall decorations. On the other hand, Wall decals are becoming increasingly popular due to their fun, ease, and low cost. Online stores sell one-of-a-kind decals.

It’s a quick and easy way to decorate your walls with dancers, butterflies, flowers, or whatever else you like. This is great for new studios because you can easily remove the decals if you find a great picture to hang later.

11.                 Glittery glamor 


If most of your studio’s clients are women, you might want to give the rooms a magical feel. What better way to do it than with everyone’s go-to crafting material? Mix a packet of paint crystals into each gallon of paint when painting the walls of your studio. 

This low-cost item is available at most home improvement stores, usually available in silver or gold. Then simply paint as usual, but your walls will have an instant glam factor, thanks to their gleaming sheen.

12.                 Small inexpensive

It’s not necessary to go all out when it comes to decorating. It’s often the small details that give it a finished look and a sense of fun! The best idea is to use small glitter heart magnets.

These kinds of hearts are less expensive and make people smile when they pass by the small locker console. You can glitter almost anything to make it sing, including pencils wooden holders.

13.                 Student artwork 


Another option is to enlist the assistance of your students in the decorating process. One class session should be dedicated to creating artwork with your students, according to Dance Advantage. 

Incorporate various types of music into your artwork to make it a learning experience. For example, ask the students to draw the emotions that a song evokes or use crayons to “dance” to the beat.

Learning to connect art and dance will give them a unique perspective on learning! After the class, you can inquire whether anyone would like their work displayed in the studio. Hand-drawn artwork will add personality to the facility and make your students feel at ease.

14.                 Use plywood

It is reasonably priced, and if you don’t have the necessary tools, you can have it cut for you at the store. You could even ask your friends for scraps. Free is always preferable.

For your DIY color cord light pendant, shazam string art, and geometric heart wall art, you can use plywood. These are all fun pieces that can be made for next to nothing if you go with the natural look of plywood.

15.                 Old dance costumes 


Another inexpensive way to decorate when redoing an existing studio or simply changing locations is to use previous performances. For example, you’ve probably seen shadowboxes with jerseys in them if you’ve been to a busy sports restaurant. The same concept can be applied to displaying some of your favorite costumes.

It’s the perfect focal point for a collage of competition photos and awards. Ballet shoes, hair accessories, and other items you’ve collected can also be included. Contact your alumni if you don’t have any old costumes on hand. Sentimental parents are likely to have kept a few items and may be willing to rehome them.

16.                 Donated furniture 

To decorate your office and waiting room, you don’t need to buy new furniture. That is most likely the most expensive option. Instead, ask your friends if they have any furniture they want to get rid of when you’re looking for dance studio decorating ideas. 

You’ll be surprised at how many handouts you get, primarily if you volunteer to drive. There will undoubtedly be some too old or worn items to be used. But you will undoubtedly discover some hidden gems that only require a little love.

17.                 Repurpose It

Think outside the box when you’re at the thrift store or the restoration. The old vintage drawers were transformed into much-needed under-bed rolling storage.

They’re a super cute and practical idea that can be used for both decorating and storing. If you just squeeze your brain a little, there’s no end to what you can come up with.

18.                 Be patient and wait for sales

You can paint not only your dance studio but also your home. This is a fantastic way to give your walls a fresh look while saving a lot of money. You can wait until the sales are over before I start painting. During the holiday season, the companies offer discounts of 30-40%. This will save you a lot of money.

19.                 Draw on the wall 

You can draw on the wall with crayons. It displays your abilities and allows you to erase or wash them away as needed. One whole white crayon can be used to stencil on your walls. This leaves a lasting impression on the audience.

20.                 Use paper

Paper is one of the most cost-effective materials available! It’s incredible! You can make your beautiful heart wreath out of a coffee filter and the giant wreath in your den out of copy paper. Tissue paper can also be used to create a fun garland. But did you know that metallic tissue paper is also available?

The Bottom line 

Above mentioned ideas are beneficial to decor your dance studio in different ways. It not only can attract people but also encourage them to learn more. 


Chita Rivera Awards Part 2 The Interviews



T2C was at the 2024 Chita Rivera Awards at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. We got to interview some of the best in dance and look forward to sharing this with you.

On this video watch Michael-Demby Cain, Joe Lanteri, Bernadette Peters, Debbie Allen, Justin Peck, Norm Lewis, Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Chita’s daughter Lisa Mordente, Kenny Ortega, Serge Trujillo,  winners for Water For Elephants Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll, winner Camille A Brown Hell’s Kitchen, Marina Tamayo, Lorin Latarro, David Petersen, Bruce Robert Harris, Ali Louis Bourgzgui, Huey Lewis, Phil LaDuca, Riki Kane Larimer, Grant Plotkin and highlights from the show with Ali Louis Bourgzgui, Kristin ZChenoweth, Norm Lewis, Wayne Brady and more.

This was one spectacular night.

Video by Magda Katz








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Chita Rivera Awards Part 1 In Pictures



The wnners for the 2024 Chita Rivera Awards were announced yesterday evening. Presented at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place off Washington Square Park), the Chita Rivera Awards are produced by Joe Lanteri, Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation Inc., in conjunction with Patricia Watt.

Joe Lanteri

Michael-Demby Cain

Joe Lanteri and Michael-Demby Cain

The Rockettes

The mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence, preserve notable dance history, recognize past, present, and future talents, while promoting high standards in dance education and investing in the next generation.

Bernadette Peters

Bebe Neuwirth and Bernadette Peters

Bebe Neuwirth and Bernadette Peters with Joe Lantern

At this year’s Chita Rivera Awards, Bernadette Peters received the Lifetime Achievement Award

Mayte Natalio

and Mayte Natalio (Suffs) received the Douglas and Ethel Watt Critics’ Choice Award.

Phil LaDuca

Phil LaDuca was also awarded.

Presenters and performers at this year’s Awards included

Corbin Bleu, Debbie Allen

Bebe Neuwirth, Debbie Allen and Norm Nixon

Debbie Allen and Norm Nixon

Debbie Allen

Corbin Bleu and Sasha Clements

Corbin Bleu and Sasha Clements

Corbin Bleu (White Christmas)

Wayne Brady (The Wiz)

Ali Louis Bourgzgui

Ali Louis Bourgzgui (Tommy)

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked)

Anthony Crivello

Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman)

Lorin Latarro and Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis (The Heart of Rock and Roll)

Norm Lewis

Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera; Porgy and Bess)

Joe Morton

Joe Morton (Scandal, ART)

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth (Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, Chicago)

Chita’s daughter Lisa Mordente and Kenny Ortega

Kenny Ortega (High School Musical)

David Hyde Pierce (Here We Are, Spamalot)

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Old Friends)

Chloe Davis and Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan; The Adams Family)

Ben Vereen (Pippin)

Lorna Luft, Riki Kane Larimer and Grant Plotkin

Lorna Luft, Riki Kane Larimer

Riki Kane Larimer producer and one of the major sponsors of The Chita Awards.

Jack Noseworthy and Sergio Trujillo

Stephanie Pope and Lloyd Culbreath

Marina Tamayo

Bruce Robert Harris

Lorna Luft

Avery Wilson and Phillip Johnson

Tommy Bracco

Tommy Bracco and Ross Lekites

Michael Garnier and Amy Hall Garnier

Leo Moctezuma

Lainie Sakakura and Isa Sanchez


Bebe Neuwirth, Camille A Brown

Bebe Neuwirth

***Camille A Brown, Hell’s Kitchen (tie)

Julia Cheng

Julia Cheng, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

Rick and Jeff Kuperman

Rick and Jeff Kuperman and Tilly Evans-Krueger

Rick and Jeff Kuperman, The Outsiders

Lorin Latarro

Lorin Latarro, The Heart of Rock and Roll / The Who’s Tommy (joint nomination)

Justin Peck

Justin Peck, Illinoise

Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll

***Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll, Water for Elephants (tie)


***Antoine Boissereau, Water for Elephants

Ben Cook, Illinoise

Chloe Davis

Chloe Davis, Hell’s Kitchen

Gaby Diaz, Illinoise

Tilly Evans-Krueger

***Tilly Evans-Krueger, The Outsiders

Rachel Lockhart, Illinoise

Phillip Johnson Richardson, The Wiz

Byron Tittle, Illinoise

Ricky Ubeda, Illinoise

Avery Wilson, The Wiz


The Cast of Cabaret that includes- Kayla Jenerson, Corinne Munsch, MiMi Scardulla, Pedro Garzo, Julia Cheng, Rebecca Frecknall, Loren Lester, Hannah Florence, Colin Cunliffe, David Merino, Spencer James Weidie, Sun Kim, Deja McNair, Karl Skyler Urban

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club

The Cast of Hells kitchen-
Nyseli Vega, Jackie Leon, Raechelle Manalo, Sarah Parker, Susan Oliveras, Michael Greif, Onyxx Noel, Niki Saludez, Timothy L. Edwards

Hell’s Kitchen


The Heart of Rock and Roll

From The Cast of The Outsiders-Melody Rose, Sarah Grace Mariani, Tilly Evans-Krueger, Kristen Carcone, Henry Julian Gendron, Milena J. Comeau, Rick Kuperman, Barton Cowperthwaite, Victor Carrillo Tracey, Jordan Chin, RJ Higton, Sean Harrison Jones, Kevin Csolak, Jeff Kuperman

The Outsiders

Water for Elephants




***Barbie, Choreographer: Jennifer White

Carmen, Choreographer: Benjamin Millepied / Marina Tamayo

Color Purple, Choreographer: Fatima Robinson

Mean Girls, Choreographer: Kyle Hanagami

Wonka, Choreographer: Christopher Gattelli


Daughters, Directors: Angela Patton / Natalie Rae

Eldorado: Everything the Nazis Hate, Directors: Benjamin Cantu / Matt Lambert

Diane Byer and David Petersen

***Lift, Director: David Petersen

Marc Saltarelli

Studio One Forever, Director: Marc Saltarelli

Swan Song, Director: Chelsea McMullan


Awarding Committee

Chair: Sylviane Gold, Gary Chryst, Robert LaFosse, Wendy Perron, and Lee Roy Reams

Broadway Nominating Committee

Chair: Wendy Federman, Caitlin Carter, Gary Chryst, Don Correia

Jamie deRoy and Rachel Stange

Jamie deRoy, Sandy Duncan, Peter Filichia, Dr. Louis Galli, Sylviane Gold, Jonathan Herzog, Robert La Fosse, Joe Lanteri, Michael Milton, Mary Beth O’Connor, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, Andy Sandberg, and Randy Skinner

Film Nominating Committee

Chair: Jonathan C. Herzog, Steven Caras, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Mary Beth O’Connor, and Andy Sandberg

All proceeds of the Chita Rivera Awards benefit the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation Scholarship Program. The NYCDA Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) committed to broadening performing arts awareness while advocating education and high standards of excellence in dance.

This year, all funding and proceeds will support the creation of a new Chita Rivera Training Scholarship.

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Broadway’s “Illinoise” Dances and Sings, Igniting a Fire of Storytellers, Both Dynamic and Distant.




I never know how to start things,” reads the graphic journal that is stuffed inside the program of Broadway’s last-minute entry into the Tony Awards race, Illinoise. This dance show musical is meticulously based on Sufjan Stevens’2005 indie folk concept album “Illinois,” an album I must admit I never heard of until it opened earlier this year at Park Avenue Armory. The show is overflowing with talent, much like the journal, which is a captivating written celebration of the thought process behind this 90-minute dance and sung piece. It draws out the whimsical and earnest qualities that resonate throughout the album and the production, and is a welcome reminder of what makes this show tick, when it ticks well.

Directed and choreographed by the ingenious Justin Peck (Spielberg’s “West Side Story“; Broadway’s Carousel) and with a book written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview; Marys Seacole), Illinoise dives forward with clever light and energy. It is a celebration and a release of pent-up sorrowful energy. It delights in its own storytelling abstractionisms, brought forth gloriously on the vocal wings of three butterflies; Shara Nova, Tasha Viets-Vanlear, and Elijah Lyons, and delivered into our hearts by a crew of expert dancers; Ricky Ubeda, Ahmad Simmons, Christine Flores, Bryon Tittle, Kara Chan, Ben Cook, Gaby Diaz, Rachel Lockhart, Alejandro Vargas, Jeanette Delgado, Brandt Martinez, and Craig Salstein.

Ricky Ubeda (center) surrounded by company members Byron Tittle, Christine Flores, and Kara Chan of Broadway’s Illinoise. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Under a guiding billboard of epic informative dimensions, designed most beautifully by Adam Rigg (LCT/Broadway’s The Skin of Our Teeth), with dynamic lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker (New York City Ballet’s Dig the Say), and sound design by Garth MacAleavey (New York Philharmonic’s “Sound On: Leading Voices”), dancing fireflies gather around a lanterned fire pit to tell their stories, whether it’s about ghosts, UFO sightings, or zombies. We try to imagine what this is, these stars delivering signs emerging, quick and sharp, fast forwarding to the unveiling of their individual stories. “Are you writing from the heart?” they are asked, as we are guided through the entirety of Stevens’ album, with new arrangements by composer, pianist, and frequent Stevens collaborator Timo Andres (“The Blind Banister“).

The musical sounds range in style, dancing around the edges of folk, indie rock, and ambient electronic music, engagingly performed by an 11-member band, led by music director and supervisor Nathan Koci (Broadway’s Hadestown). It’s mysterious and captivating, tender and engaging, as the sound draws forth the exceptional dancers to explore the overwhelming condition of youth and “the sense of each other“. Finding emotional engagement within, on the road from childhood to adulthood, the dancers fly forward to the written word that hangs out center stage, and then leading us back to the tapping energy of Jacksonville, through the zombie nation, and the captivating unpacking tale of John Wayne Gracy Jr. “(or the damning cycle of exclusion borne of outcasts forced to sympathize with monsters).” The selections of journal entries are shared and engaged with, “in celebration of their memory and of our future.” And the allusions and feelings of shame and loss are not lost on me throughout.

Vocalists Shara Nova (at right) and Tasha Viets-VanLear of Broadway’s Illinoise. Photo by Liz Lauren.

The piece defies categorization, especially in the framing of “a new Broadway musical,” which is what the piece is being billed as. The entire show is sung by those butterfly-winged performers, costumed by Reid Bartelme & Harriet Jung (Broadway’s Dancin’). They feel forever disconnected from the movement, held up high like hummingbirds or fireflies looking for a place to land while watching those below engage in their storytelling with curiosity and admiration. They hover and sing most enchantingly, but the distance doesn’t bring forth a feeling of connection but rather emphasizes the opposite. Maybe I’ve been trained by the vast majority of musicals to find the song and the dance entwined within, but the separation of voice from the movement kept the piece removed from my soul, even when it occasionally connected to my heart. “It makes me want someone stronger to swoop in to save me from all of us.

It’s a dance show, packaged in the vein of Broadway’s Moving Out, delivered with gentle promise and determination. Peck’s choreography is as exciting as it is moving and captivating, sometimes spinning out the abstract, symbolic, gesture, while sometimes gripping itself to realism and straightforwardness. Combining almost all of the 22 tracks on “Illinois”, the narrative is delivered in a physical formulation, showcasing all the different ways we can tell our stories to others and the complicated ways we can make ourselves vulnerable in that “seductive fiction of the individual hero“. The central figure is Henry, delivered strongly by Ubeda (Broadway’s On the Town), who has gathered together this group of young people to allow them the space and permission to deliver their stories outward into the night air and to each other. The emotional release is evident, and as each story unfolds, we know a larger tale is on the brink of being unpacked, unwrapped, and discovered.

I know it will be easier for me, eventually, if I write it all down, but trying to put words to our whole…to put us to words, feels sort of impossible.” Those words aren’t exactly spoken out loud by Henry, but it is clearly present in his affect, as he begins to enter into the largest portion of the piece; his story, around his two deceased friends; Carl, portrayed tenderly by Ben Cook (Broadway’s Mean Girls), and Shelby, embodied by the wonderful Gaby Diaz (Off-Broadway’s Only Gold). And in their unveiling, we try to stay engaged. It is both easy, as it is well choreographed and emotionally delivered, yet also difficult as the structuring of the whole feels distant and detached.

I must admit that I’m not exactly the target audience, as I tend to veer away from dance and ballet shows and aim myself towards plays and musicals. That said, I’m always and totally astounded by the talent of bodies in motion, especially these dancers, and the intelligent way this particular show delivers on its desire to broadcast emotional and romantic ideals, matched most graphically to grief and sorrow. However, I have a harder time staying inside the piece, especially when there is a barrier between the voice and the body. All the dancers and singers are of the highest order, and even though I am sad that I missed Robbie Fairchild who danced the Henry role in the show’s previous run at the Park Avenue Armory, I was astounded by the effervescent energy and grace by each and every dancer of Illinoise, and the cathartic quality that floats out at the end of this show. If dance is your thing, I strongly suggest seeing this show. Even if dancing isn’t your vibe, it is still worth the introduction to the idea. “My heart keeps changing,” he writes. “I keep changing.” And isn’t that the point of theatre, to be forever curious and engage in something new to find change and enlightenment. Even if it isn’t your vibe, it will stay with you, opening yourself up to something truly unique and carefully constructed.

The company of Broadway’s Illinoise. Photo by Liz Lauren.

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The 2024 Chita Rivera Nominees Meet The Press



On Monday the Chita Rivera Awards nominees met the press. You can see the nominees here.

In attendance were Justin Peck (Illinoise)

Lorin Latarro

Lorin Latarro (The Who’s Tommy / The Heart of Rock and Roll))

Ricky Ubeda

Ricky Ubeda (Illinoise)

Camille A. Brown

Camille A. Brown (Hell’s Kitchen)

Jeff Kuperman and Rick Kuperman

Rick and Jeff Kuperman (The Outsiders)

Antoine Boissereau and Jesse Robb

Antoine Boissereau

Antoine Boissereau (Water for Elephants)

Ben Cook

Ben Cook (Illinoise)

Jesse Robb

Jesse Robb & Shana Carroll (Water for Elephants), Gaby Diaz (Illinoise)

Avery Wilson (The Wiz)

Ensemble Members from The Cast of Cabaret that includes- Chloe Nadon-Enriquez, Julian Ramos, Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Corinne Munsch, Gabi Campo and Loren Lester

Julia Cheng (Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club)

Byron Tittle

Byron Tittle (Illinoise)

Tilly Evans-Krueger

Tilly Evan-Krueger (The Outsiders)

Chloe Davis

Chloe Davis (Hell’s Kitchen)

Rachel Lockhart

Rachel Lockhart (Illinoise)

Phillip Johnson Richardson (The Wiz), and many more.

Don Correia and Sandy Duncan

Joe Lanteri and Lisa Mordente

Sandy Duncan

Lisa Mordente

Michael Olaribigbe

From the ensemble Cast of The Heart of Rock and Roll that includes- Jennifer Noble, Mike Baerga, Michael Olarigibge, Olivia Cece, Taylor Marie Daniel and TyNia Rene Brandon

Ensemble Members from The Cast of The Outsiders that includes – Milena J. Comeau, Jordan Chin, SarahGrace Mariani, RJ Higton, Melody Rose, Barton Cowperthwaite, Tilly Evans-Krueger and Victor Carrillo Tracey

Sarah Parker, Chloe Davis, Camille A. Brown, Reid Clarke and Raechelle Manalo

Ensemble Members from The Cast of Illinoise that includes- Brandt Martinez, Craig Salstein, Gaby Diaz, Rachel Lockhart, Christine Flores, Ahmad Simmons, Ricky Ubeda, Alejandro Vargas , Jada German, Dario Natarelli, Ben Cook and Byron Tittle

Julian Ramos

Corinne Munsch

Loren Lester

Gabi Campo

Ayla Ciccone-Burton

David Peterson, Mary Recine and Steven Melendez

Joe Lanteri and Michael Demby Cain

Michael Demby Cain

Taylor Marie Daniel

Nicholas Jelmoni and Alexandra Gaelle Royer

Joe Lanteri

Sandy Ducan

Lee Roy Reams


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2024 Chita Rivera Award Nominations Celebrating The Best in Dance and Choreography



Nominations for the 2024 Chita Rivera Awards were revealed by Bebe Neuwirth, this afternoon April 29 at 1 p.m. on ABC News’ “GMA3: What You Need to Know.” Winners will be named at an awards ceremony on May 20 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters is the recipient of this year’s award for lifetime achievement.

The mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence, preserve notable dance history, recognize past, present, and future talents, while promoting high standards in dance education and investing in the next generation.

Nominators considered outstanding choreography, featured dancers, and ensemble in shows on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as outstanding choreography in film, that opened in the 2023-2024 season. Nominations for the productions under consideration this season will be determined by the designated nominating committee. There are separate nominating committees for Broadway, Off Broadway and Film. There is also an awarding committee for Broadway, which determines the final nominations that are received from the Broadway nominations committee.

All proceeds of the Chita Rivera Awards benefit the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation Scholarship Program. The NYCDA Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) committed to broadening performing arts awareness while advocating education and high standards of excellence in dance. 

This year, all funding and proceeds will support the creation of a new Chita Rivera Training Scholarship.


Outstanding Choreography In A Broadway Show

Camille A Brown, Hell’s Kitchen
Julia Cheng, Cabaret
Rick and Jeff Kuperman, The Outsiders
Lorin Latarro, The Heart of Rock and Roll / The Who’s Tommy
Justin Peck, Illinoise
Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll, Water For Elephants

Outstanding Dancer In A Broadway Show

Antoine Boissereau, Water For Elephants
Ben Cook, Illinoise
Chloe Davis, Hell’s Kitchen
Gaby Diaz, Illinoise
Tilly Evans-Kreuger, The Outsiders
Rachel Lockhart, Illinoise
Phillip Johnson Richardson, The Wiz
Byron Tittle, Illinoise
Ricky Ubeda, Illinoise
Avery Wilson, The Wiz              

Outstanding Ensemble In A Broadway Show

Hell’s Kitchen
The Heart of Rock and Roll
The Outsiders
Water For Elephants

Film & Documentary

Outstanding Choreography In A Theatrical Release

Barbie, Choreographer: Jennifer White
Carmen, Choreographer: Benjamin Millepied / Marina Tamayo
Color Purple, Choreographer: Fatima Robinson
Mean Girls, Choreographer: Kyle Hanagami / Casey Nicholaw
Wonka, Choreographer: Christopher Gattelli

Outstanding Direction Of A Dance Documentary

Daughters, Directors: Angela Patton / Natalie Rae
Eldorado: everything the Nazi’s Hate, Directors: Benjamin Cantu / Matt Lambert
Lift, Director: David Petersen
Studio One Forever, Director: Marc Saltarelli
Swan Song, Director: Chelsea McMullan

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