2018 Chita Rivera Awards set for May 20

NYC Dance Alliance Foundation fundraiserThe 2018 Chita Rivera Awards are set for Sunday, May 20 at the NYU Skirball Center. The evening will celebrate dance excellence on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in film for the 2017-18 Season. It will include full cast performances from some of the newest Broadway hits. All proceeds will benefit the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation College Scholarship Program as well as its producing partner, American Dance Machine for the 21st Century.


The nominations for the 2nd Annual Chita Rivera Awards were announced on Friday, April 27. See the full list below.


Legendary dancer and actress Carmen de Lavallade, 87, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award while composer John Kander, 91, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater Award.


Special guests like Lea Salonga, Robert Fairchild, Irina Dvorovenko and Tony Yazbeck will attend the Awards on May 20. The Red Carpet Cocktail Party will be at 6 p.m. and the performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, or to book tickets, visit www.chitariveraawards.com/tickets.






Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show: 

– Camille A. Brown, Once On This Island

– Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants

– Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls

– Justin Peck, Carousel

– Sergio Trujillo, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical


Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show:


Mean Girls 

Once On This Island 

SpongeBob SquarePants 

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical 


Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show: 

– Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady                        

– Andrei Chagas, Carousel                     

– Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants                         

– Amar Ramasar, Carousel                      

– Tony Yazbeck, Prince of Broadway         


Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show:

– Yesenia Ayala, Carousel

– Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical                

– Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island

– Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit

– Skye MattoxCarousel

– Ashley Park, Mean Girls

– Brittany Pollack, Carousel               


Outstanding Choreography in an Off-Broadway Show: 

– Nejla Yatkin, The Boy Who Danced on Air 

– Sonya Tayeh, Hundred Days 

– Zach Morris & Jennine Willett, Ghost Light 

– Chris Bailey, Jerry Springer: The Opera 

– Monica Bill Barnes, One Night Only 


Outstanding Female Dancer in an Off- Broadway Show:

– Anna Bass, One Night Only

– Monica Bill Barnes, One Night Only

– Elizabeth Carena, Ghost Light

– Tiffany Mann, Jerry Springer: The Opera 

– Kenita R. Miller, Bella


Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off- Broadway Show:

– Colin Campbell, Disco Pigs

– Robert Fairchild, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

– Troy Iwata, The Boy Who Danced on Air

– Evan Ruggiero, Bastard Jones

– Nikhil Saboo, The Boy Who Danced on Air




Theatrical Release:

Finding Your Feet: Released February 23, 2018. Stars Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley. Choreographed by Mark Jennings.

Hello Again: Released November 8, 2017. Choreographed by Todd Underwood.

Polina, danser sa vie: Released August 25, 2017. Stars Juliette Binoche. Choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj.

The Greatest Showman: Released December 20, 2017. Stars Hugh Jackman, Shannon Holtzapffel and Ashley Wallen.



Step: Released August 4, 2017. Directed by Amanda Lipitz.

Bobbi Jene: Released September 22, 2017. Directed by Elvira Lind.

Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer: Released January 3, 2018. Stars Marcelo Gomes. Directed by David Barba and James Pellerito.