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Robin Cofer, Joe Lanteri and Cassandra Seidenfeld

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Joe Lanteri, Founder/Executive Director NYC Dance Alliance Goundation, and Cassandra Seidenfeld,
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Ambassador for the Arts Award Presenter, The Legendary Liza Minnelli on the red carpet with her sister Lorna Luft

Ambassador for the Arts Award Presenter, The Legendary Liza Minnelli on the red carpet with her sister Lorna Luft

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NYC Dance Alliance Ambassador for the Arts,
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Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala

Photos by:  Joyce Brooks
 

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 -  NYC Dance Alliance Foundation’s “Bright Lights Shining Stars” Gala  took place at  NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place).  Dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov was honored and received their prestigious Ambassador for the Arts Award which was presented to him by his longtime friend and colleague Liza Minnelli. Last year’s Ambassador for the Arts Award recipient, celebrated American singer, songwriter, musician and four-time Grammy-winner Roberta Flack, was also  present.
Cassandra Seidenfeld and Robin Cofer were the Gala Honorary Chairs.

The exciting star-studded evening of song and dance served as a fundraiser for the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation and included performances from the Broadway and dance communities. The Ambassador for the Arts Award  also featured a special dance tribute to Baryshnikov and  included a donation to the Baryshnikov Arts Center as well as scholarship recognition for deserving teenage student dancers from across the United States.

The evening began at 6pm with a pre-show cocktail reception, with the awards gala taking place at 7:30pm and a VIP after party followed at 9pm.
 

The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity, committed to broadening performing arts awareness while advocating education and high standards of excellence in dance. NYCDAF is dedicated to investing in the next generation of professional performers by offering scholarships for secondary and college education. For more information, visit www.NYCDance.com .

MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV, a native of Riga, Latvia, was born in 1948 and began studying ballet at the age of nine. As a teenager he moved to Leningrad where he entered the Vaganova Choreographic School, graduating from student to principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet in 1969. In 1974, he left the Soviet Union to dance with major ballet companies around the world including the New York City Ballet where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. In 1980 he began a 10-year tenure as Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Baryshnikov was director and dancer with the White Oak Dance Project, which he co-founded with choreographer Mark Morris. White Oak was born of Baryshnikov’s desire “to be a driving force in the production of art,” and, indeed, it expanded the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance. In 2005, he opened the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), a creative home for local and international artists to develop and present work. Located in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, BAC houses four studios, a studio theater, and the new 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theater. Through its residency program, BAC gives space and time to young and established artists to dream and create in the Center’s studios without any commercial pressure. BAC also presents contemporary, innovative work by artists from the worlds of dance, theater, music, and film at low or no cost to the public. Under his leadership as Artistic Director, BAC programs serve approximately 500 artists, and more than 20,000 audience members each year. Among Mr. Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Honor, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the 2012 Vilcek Award. In 2010 he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor.


 
 
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