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What Bebe Neuwirth Thinks About Hosting the Chita Rivera Awards

Broadway's top stars are coming together for the inaugural year of the Chita Rivera Awards on September 11. The host of the evening will be the fabulous Bebe Neuwirth, and Tommy Tune will receive a lifetime achievement award. Director Diane Paulus will be honored, and Robert Fairchild will perform.

In its previous incarnation as the Astaire Awards, the event has celebrated dozens of outstanding dancers and choreographers in Broadway musicals. Last year, because it was such a fertile season for musicals, the Awards honored three choreographers: Andy Blankenbuehler, Savion Glover and Sergio Trujillo. What will happen this year? (Being a member of the Awards committee, I'm sworn to secrecy.) Click here to see a complete list of nominees.


With Neuwirth as emcee, everyone is sure to have a great time. She's glam and witty and not averse to throwing in a pelvic swirl or two. And she's thrilled to be joining Rivera onstage—she gushed with praise for the legend in a phone interview:

"She is the pinnacle of what a person wants to achieve in their pursuit of art. She combines brilliant technique with deep and truthful emotional endowment and genius story telling. And beyond that…she's Chita Rivera! She's got something beyond stage presence and stage craft. Watching her perform, I always feel she's the physical embodiment of enlightenment. The purity of her joy and sincerity, with all the qualities I mentioned before, translates to a transcendent experience."

Rivera, now in her seventh decade of performing, is not slowing down. Right after the Awards, she pairs up with Tommy Tune for a traveling duo called "Chita + Tune: Just in Time."

To buy tickets for the Chita Rivera Awards, click here.

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Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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