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My View: Good People Are Doing Good Things In Palm Beach – The Actors Fund & Anka Palitz

My View: Good People Are Doing Good Things In Palm Beach – The Actors Fund & Anka Palitz

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chairman of The Actors Fund and Joe Benincasa it’s CEO came to Palm Beach for the the 8th Annual Heart & Soul Gala which was started by Anka Palitz.  Anka, for the past 20+ years has been the Fundraising Chair of Career Transition For Dancers.  The event honored philanthropist Sydell Miller. Marcelo Gomes received the organization’s Dance Award, and the capacity crowd at The Breakers were entertained by Liz Callaway and local Palm Beach dancers.

Founded in 1985 by former tap dancer turned Dance and Ballet Agent  Alex Dube (who passed away this year), Career Transition For Dancers is now a program of The Actors Fund. It enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines outside of dance. Alex trained as a tap dancer, then after an injury, shifted shifted from performing to managing dance super stars such as Margot Fontaine, Nureyev, Barushnikov and other, and when their dance careers were ending, placed them with international companies. He realized the brief, injury prone careers of dancers, which led him to become the Executive Director of Career Transition for Dancers thanks to a $1million grant from Caroline and Ted Newhouse.  Also with support from all the major Performing Arts Unions, CTFD became the only organization for dancers with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles serving all dancers a No Cost to them.  CTFD also offered emotional, career counseling, educational, as well as entrepreneurial grants to dancers.

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Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Callaway, Anka Palitz, Marcelo Gomes, Joe Benincasa

Marcelo Gomes & Anka Palitz

Joe Benincasa & Brian Stokes Mitchell

Anka Palitz & Sydell Miller

Pauls Kaminsky Davis & Liz Callaway

Brian Stokes Mitchell & Eda Sorokoff

Joe Benincasa Lois Pope

Eda Sorokoff & Jan McArt

Lois Pope & Eda Sorokoff

Michael Feinstein, Storm Large, Stephen Sorokoff

8th Annual Heart & Soul Gala, Career Transitions For Dancers

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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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