What Wendy's Watching: The Chita Rivera Awards

On Monday night at the first-ever Chita Rivera Awards, I was happy to be able to interview Rivera and other stars on the red carpet at the Al Hirschfeld Theater.


The actual performance began with a rousing number from Come From Away, and the energy stayed at top level the whole night. Performances by Robert Fairchild, Melanie Moore, the American Dance Machine and others spiced up an evening that was already overwhelming in its luster, talent and warmth. Bebe Neuwirth, with her subtle wit, was the perfect emcee, and Chita Rivera was terrific fun. Other presenters were Carmen de Lavallade, Donna McKechnie, Priscilla Lopez, Baayork Lee and co-executive producers Patricia Watt and Nikki Feirt Atkins. Winners included Andy Blankenbuehler for Best Choreography in Bandstand, Corbin Bleu for Best Male Dancer and Megan Sikora for Best Female Dancer, both in Holiday Inn. Tommy Tune was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. For the complete awards listing, click here.

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Dancers at work in USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance's facilities. Photo by Ema Peter, Courtesy USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Meet 5 Recent USC Kaufman Grads Making Waves in the Dance Industry

Since welcoming its first freshman BFA class in 2015, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has made a name for itself. The Los Angeles dance program is known for creating versatile artists in a collaborative, innovative training environment, and its alumni are already making bold professional leaps.

Dance Magazine caught up with five recent grads to see where they've landed and how USC Kaufman and its career services department prepared them for their future in the dance industry.

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