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And The Best Dancers Are Honored At The 2018 Chita Rivera Awards

And The Best Dancers Are Honored At The 2018 Chita Rivera Awards
Nominations for the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards were announced today. In keeping with the mission of the Chita Rivera Awards, nominators considered shows and films that opened during the 2017-2018 theater season.
The 2018 Chita Rivera Awards will be presented on May 20, 2018 at 7:30pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place off Washington Square Park), and produced by Nikki Feirt Atkins (Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Dance Machine of the 21st Century), Joe Lanteri (Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation) with Patricia Wattand Iris Smith.
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.
At this year’s Chita Rivera Awards, actress, dancer, and choreographer Carmen De Lavallade will receive the second annual Lifetime Achievement Award, iconic composer John Kander will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater as a Composer and legendary theater director and producer Harold Prince will be presented with the SDC Director Award for Exemplary Collaboration with Choreographers.
The Chita Rivera Awards nominees reception will take place this Monday, April 30, 2018 at Bond 45 (221 W. 46th Street).
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 2017-2018 season. Nominations for the productions under consideration this season were determined by the designated Nominating Committees. There are separate Nominating Committees for Broadway, Off Broadway and Film. There is an Awarding Committee for Broadway, which determines the final nominations that are received from the Broadway Nominations Committee.
The 2018 Awarding Committee includes:
Chair: Sylviane Gold; Ted Chapin, Anna Kisselgoff, Robert La Fosse, Donna McKechnie, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams
Broadway Nominating Committee includes:
Chair: Wendy Federman; Nikki Feirt Atkins, Melinda Atwood, Ted Chapin, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Mercedes Ellington, Sylviane Gold, Jonathan Herzog, Anna Kisselgoff, Robert La Fosse, Joe Lanteri, Michael Milton, Donna McKechnie, Mary Beth O’Connor, Laura Penn, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, Andy Sandberg
Off Broadway Nominating Committee includes:
Chair: Andy Sandberg; Deidre Goodwin, Francesca Harper, Jonathan Herzog, Robert La Fosse, Michael Milton, Randi Zuckerberg
Film Committee includes:
Co-Chairs: Jonathan Herzog and Rex Reed; Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Mary Beth O’Connor, Andy Sandberg
Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show:
Camille A. Brown, Once On This Island
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Carousel
Sergio Trujillo, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show:
Mean Girls
Once On This Island
SpongeBob SquarePants
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show:
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Andrei Chagas, Carousel 
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants
Amar Ramasar, Carousel 
Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway
Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show:
Yesenia Ayala, Carousel
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical  
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Skye Mattox, Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Brittany Pollack, Carousel
Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway Show:
Nejla Yatkin, The Boy Who Danced on Air 
Sonya Tayeh, Hundred Days 
Zach Morris & Jennine Willet, Ghost Light 
Chris Bailey, Jerry Springer: The Opera 
Monica Bill Barnes, One Night Only 
Outstanding Female Dancer in an Off- Broadway Show:
Anna Bass, One Night Only
Monica Bill Barnes, One Night Only
Elizabeth Carena, Ghost Light
Tiffany Mann, Jerry Springer: The Opera 
Kenita R. Miller, Bella
Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off- Broadway Show:
Colin Campbell, Disco Pigs
Robert Fairchild, Frankenstein
Troy Iwata, The Boy Who Danced on Air
Evan Ruggiero, Bastard Jones
Nikhil Saboo, The Boy Who Danced on Air
Theatrical Release
Basmati Blues – (Release Date February 9, 2018 stars, Brie Larson, Donald Sutherland, Tyne Daly) Choreographers are: Noemie LaFrance (listed individually on main credit roll) and Rajeev, Dimple Ganguly, Vijay Ganguly, and, Ryan Heffington (listed in on screen credits by shoot location)
Finding Your Feet – (Release date February 23, 2018 stars, Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley) Mark Jennings, Choreographer
Hello Again(Release Date November 8, 2017) Todd Underwood, Choreographer
Polina, danser sa vie – (Release date August 25, 2017 stars, Juliette Binoche) Angelin Preljocaj, Choreographer
The Greatest Showman – (Release date December 20, 2017 stars, Hugh Jackman) Shannon Holtzapffel, Ashley Wallen, Choreographers
Step – (Release date August 4, 2017) Directed by, Amanda Lipitz
Bobbi Jene – (Release date September 22, 2017) Directed by, Elvira Lind
Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer – (Release date January 3, 2018 stars Marcelo Gomes)
Directed by, David Barba and James Pellerito]
Tickets to the Chita Rivera Awards are available to the general public at


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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