Broadway legend Chita Rivera will be honored by the New York-based Victory Dance Project at its third anniversary celebration, scheduled for June 15 in New York.
Rivera will be presented with the company’s Woman of Valor Award at the celebration—titled From This Movement On—at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. The award honors “a woman whose artistic excellence, advocacy, and legacy represents the highest level of integrity and artistic vision.”
From This Movement On will also include a world premiere piece choreographed by the company’s artistic director Amy Jordan, as well as pieces from the company’s repertoire.
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Jordan and Rivera share a similar experience. Victory Dance Project was founded in 2014 by Jordan after she survived a bus accident that nearly took her life. She says 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.”
Rivera survived a 1986 Manhattan car accident that shattered her left leg. After therapy, she returned to the stage, winning the 1993 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance in Kiss of the Spider-Woman. She had previously won a Tony for her performance in The Rink. Her additional credits include the original Broadway productions of Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Can-Can, Chicago, Merlin, The Visit, and her autobiographical musical, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life.
Jordan told Playbill, “We are thrilled to be honoring the amazing Chita Rivera with Victory Dance Project’s Woman of Valor Award. I can’t think of a more apt recipient—Her incredible talent, spirit and strength inspire us on so many levels—she is truly a woman of valor.”
Victory Dance Project’s 2017 season will play three performances—June 15, 17 and 18—at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (MMAC), 248 West 60th Street in Manhttan. For further information, visit VictoryDance.org.