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Carmen De Lavallade, Harvey Fierstein, Bryonha Parham and The Kids From Art of Dance Walk Away With the Chita Rivera Awards

Carmen De Lavallade, Harvey Fierstein, Bryonha Parham and The Kids From Art of Dance Walk Away With the Chita Rivera Awards
Maurice Hinds

Maurice Hinds

Winners for the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards were announced this evening at The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place off Washington Square Park).

Lee Roy Reems

Lee Roy Reems photo by ElizaBeth Taylor

At the evening’s ceremony, actress, dancer, and choreographer Carmen De Lavallade received the second annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Her speech was heartfelt and insightful.

Lindsey Croop

Lindsey Croop performed “Songs of the Auvergne” in a vintage Geoffrey Holder original outfit. photo by ElizaBeth Taylor

Iconic composer John Kander received the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater as a Composer.

Irina Dvorovenko

Irina Dvorovenko performed with Tony Yazbect from Beast in the Jungle. photo by ElizaBeth Taylor

Legendary theater director Harold Prince was presented with the SDC Director Award for Exemplary Collaboration with Choreographers

Orfeh, Andy Karl

Orfeh and Andy Karl hosted the event photo by ElizaBeth Taylor

and Steven Hoggett, who is represented on Broadway this season with Angels in America and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,received the inaugural Douglas and Ethel Watt Critics’ Choice Award.

Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee

Performances by Harvey Fierstein singing “If I Were A Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof, Bryonha Parham singing the title song from Cabaret and The Kids From Art of Dance dancing a tap version of Fosse’s “Sing Sing Sing” from Dancing brought down the house.

Patricia Watt,Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

Patricia Watt and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps photo by ElizaBeth Taylor

The 2018 Chita Rivera Awards were produced by Nikki Feirt Atkins (Founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Dance Machine for the 21st Century) and Joe Lanteri (Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation) with Patricia Watt and Iris Smith. Lanteri also served as director of the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards.

 Patricia Watt, Iris Smith

Patricia Watt and Iris Smith

The Chita Rivera Awards celebrate dance and choreographic excellence — past, present and future. The awards honor the superb achievement of each nominee, while recognizing the talents and passion of every theatrical choreographer and dancer.  Additionally, through education and scholarships, the awards are committed to nurturing future generations, and preserving notable dance history.

Laura Osnes

Laura Osnes

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera photo by ElizaBeth Taylor

Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway ShowSergio Trujillo, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show: Tie Carousel and Mean Girls 
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway ShowTony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway         
Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway ShowAriana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical                
Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway ShowZach Morris & Jennine Willet, Ghost Light 
Outstanding Female Dancer in an Off- Broadway ShowMonica Bill Barnes, One Night Only
Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off- Broadway ShowRobert Fairchild, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Theatrical Release: The Greatest Showman – (stars Hugh Jackman) Shannon Holtzapffel, Ashley Wallen, Choreographers
Documentary Nominees: Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer – (stars Marcelo Gomes)  Directed by David Barba and James Pellerito
ElizaBeth Taylor

ElizaBeth Taylor

Tomorrow look for fallen coverage of the Chita Rivera Awards by Genevieve Rafter Keddy and video’s of who has inspired those dancers on Broadway.

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera


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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