Inside the Chita Rivera Awards: The Winners

Inside the Chita Rivera Awards: The Winners

The 2019 Chita Rivera Awards took place at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place off Washington Square Park). Produced by Joe Lanteri, Founder and Executive Director of the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. in conjunction with Patricia Watt.

Ann Reinking, Graciela Daniele, Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen

Dancer, choreographer and theater director Graciela Daniele was honored with the third annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lee Roy Reams

Flody Suarez, Jeffrey Seller, and Cher (producers of The Cher Show) were honored with the Ambassador for the Arts Award honoring their contribution to the convergence of theater, film, and television. 

Lisa Mordante, Ann Reinking, Graciela Daniele, Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen

George C. Wolfe was presented with the SDC Director Award for exemplary collaboration with choreographers on Broadway. And the winners are:

Ann Reinking, Graciela Daniele,  Joe Lanteri, Chita Rivera

Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show: David Neumann, Hadestown 

Sergio Trujilo, Jeremy Pope, Ephraim Sykes and the cast of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations 

Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show: Ephraim Sykes, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations 

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show: A tie for Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, The Cher Show and Gabrielle Hamilton, Oklahoma! 

Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show: King Kong

Rick and Jeff Kuperman

Outstanding Choreography Off Broadway: Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Alice By Heart 

Outstanding Male Dancer Off Broadway:Wesley Taylor, Alice By Heart 

Irina Dvorovenko

Outstanding Female Dancer Off Broadway: Irina Dvorovenko, The Beast in the Jungle

Max Sangerman, Emma Degerstedt

Outstanding Ensemble Off Broadway: Smokey Joe’s Café, Steven Baruch, Mark Routh, Richard Frankel, TTom Viertel

Theatrical Release: Mary Poppins Returns – (Release date, December 19, 2018, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda)
Choreographers: Rob Marshall & John DeLuca; Co-Choreographer, Joey Pizzi; Associate Choreographer, Tara Nichole Hughes, Assistant Choreographer: Marlon Pelayo 

Documentaries:Moving Stories, Lives Transformed By Dance – (Release Date, August 11, 2018, Battery Dance Festival, MoMa)
Director: Rob Fruchtman, Wilderness Films, Producer 

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.

Warren Carlyle
Sergio Trujilo
Jamie deRoy
Brendan Caldwell
Shea Sullivan
Jamie deRoy, Sergio Trujilo
Rick Faugno, Christine Cornish Smith, Will Burton Kiss Me Kate
Angie Schworer gave us some “Zazz”
Riki Kane Larimer
Riki Larimer, Ben Vereen
The fabulous kids from Dance Academy of North Jersey
The fabulous kids from Dance Academy of North Jersey
The fabulous kids from Dance Academy of North Jersey
Riki Kane Larimer & Brian Stokes Mitchell
Eda Sorokoff & Chita Rivera
Bill Hutton, Eda Sorokoff, Jamie deRoy, Jack Gindi
Ben Vereen
Jamie deRoy & Chita Rivera
After Party
Lee Roy Reams & Eda Sorokoff


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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