Capezio is celebrating 125 years with a special show and celebration on Monday, April 23rd at 7:00pm in New York City. What is sure to be a glorious show will highlight some of the history of Capezio as well as dance legends and film stars. The show has been conceived and directed by Ann DeAngelo. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be given to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, American Tap Dance Foundation and the National Dance Institute.
The 125th Anniversary Award benefiting the Dizzy Feet Foundation will be given to Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance. The Dizzy Feet Foundation was created in 2009 by Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes. Its goal is to help underprivileged young people achieve their dream of becoming professional dancers and also to increase their access to dance education in the United States. They are working towards creating a national accreditation program for dance schools in all major types of dance, which will change the way dance education is formed across the nation.
The 61st annual Capezio Dance Award will be given to Tommy Tune, director and choreographer for nearly fifty years. He is quite possibly the tallest professional dancer at six feet, six and a half inches tall. Tune has won nine Tony Awards, both as an actor and as a choreographer. He is also the recipient of eight Drama Desk Awards, two Obie Awards, Dance Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1990 American Dance Award, the 1990 Drama League Musical Theatre Award for Direction and Choreography, the Astaire Award in 1990 and 1991, the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award, and the University of Texas’ Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was also given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.