Dizzy Feet Foundation Honors Chita Rivera and Erik Feig July 27
By Carey Purcell
The Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF), in partnership with The Music Center, presents the third annual "Celebration of Dance" Gala July 27.
The event, which takes place on National Dance Day, is held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
It is hosted by its board members, which include producer Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance"), director Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," "Rock of Ages"), dancers/choreographers Stephen “tWitch” Boss ("So You Think You Can Dance," "Bones") and Derek Hough ("Dancing With the Stars") and actress Summer Glau ("Hawaii Five-O," "Serenity").
This year, DFF honors Tony Award-winning actress, dancer, and singer Chita Rivera with the DFF Inspiration Award, and Erik Feig, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Production with the DFF Impact Award.
"The DFF Inspiration Award is presented to an individual whose dance prowess, talent, and gifts have delighted audiences and whose career in film, television, and/or theatre has left an indelible mark on the entertainment field," press notes state. "As one of the most highly-regarded stars of dance on both the stage and on screen, Ms. Rivera has been an inspiration to generations of arts aficionados, dance fans and others around the world."
"The DFF Impact Award is presented to an individual whose enthusiasm for and support of dance and the arts has had a major impact in terms of community, culture, and country," press notes continue. "As the architect of the 'Step Up' series of movies, which have grossed more than $500,000,000 worldwide and inspired countless imitators, Erik Feig is credited with exposing millions of people around the world to the art of dance."
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization which sponsors, funds and/or supports dance and dance education for children in low-income areas. Dizzy Feet also provides scholarships to students and supports and increases quality of dance education in the United States.
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