Congrats to the 2019 Chita Rivera Award Winners
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, fabulous ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several of our faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list:
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show: Ephraim Sykes, for originating the role of David Ruffin in "Ain't Too Proud"
He first captured our hearts with his moves in Newsies, and you may have since seen this King of New York dancing in Hamilton and NBC's Hairspray Live!.
Outstanding Off-Broadway Choreography: Rich and Jeff Kuperman, "Alice by Heart"
The Kuperman brothers have earned awards left and right for their absolutely brilliant choreography for Alice by Heart—and rightfully so! They created some of the show's most quirky and poignant moments.
Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show: Gabrielle Hamilton, "Oklahoma!," and Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, "The Cher Show"
Gabrielle Hamilton as the lead dancer (Paula Court, courtesy DKC/O&M)
It's a tie! Both dancers are giving fabulous performances night after night, but we especially love Hamilton's full-out attack, which carries the entire reimagined dream ballet sequence in the latest Broadway revival of Oklahoma!
Outstanding Theatrical Film Choreography: "Mary Poppins Returns," Rob Marshall and John DeLuca; co-choreographer Joey Pizzi
Walt Disney Studios
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. See the complete list of nominees and winners here!
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Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.