Tony nominee Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away) will present Victory Dance Project’s Woman of Valour Award to two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera June 15.
The presentation, scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM, is part of the opening celebration of the company’s third season at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, located at 248 W. 60th Street. The award honors a woman whose “artistic excellence, advocacy and legacy represents the highest level of integrity and artistic vision.”
Victory Dance Project was founded in 2014 by Amy Jordan, five years after a bus accident almost took her life. That day, she resolved that if she survived, she would do a “victory dance” to celebrate, and launched VDP Project with the mission to “make the impossible possible with the power of movement.” At the forthcoming celebration, Jordan will return to the stage for the first time, dancing in a new work choreographed by Christopher Jackson.
Victory Dance Project’s season will run June 15–18 (no performance on June 16). On June 17 and 18 the program will include special performances by students from Early Mosley’s Diversity of Dance company. For more information visit VictoryDance.org.
Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional nominations. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink, Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Visit, and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, and Mr. Wonderful. She was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama. In 2002 she received the Kennedy Center Honors, becoming the first Hispanic woman ever chosen to receive this award.
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Check out footage from Rivera's solo concert below: