Harlequin Floors was presented with the 2013 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance at the wonderful Career Transition For Dancers 28th Anniversary Jubilee last week at New York City Center. Ballet legend Cynthia Gregory presented the award pointing out Harlequin Floors' collaboration with dancers, doctors, and scientists in the design of their floors and Harlequin's dedication to the health and performance needs of dancers.
"As a long-time supporter of CTFD, it was a much-appreciated honor for Harlequin Floors to be recognized," says Patricia Basileo, Harlequin Floors Executive VP. "Harlequin Floors is dedicated to providing quality floors to keep dancers safe and extend their dancing careers for as long as possible. From the most prestigious dance venues, to schools and universities, to studios, to dancers' homes, to major dance companies throughout the world -- dancers' safety, comfort and peak performance are Harlequin Floors' priorities."
Also honored at the Jubilee were philanthropist Ann Van Ness for her invaluable support of the dance community and entertainer extraordinaire for her stellar career. Liza Minnelli presented the award to Ann-Margret, and the two performers' speeches were both gracious and hilarious. Dressed to the nines and joking like sisters -- "Can you believe we're both still alive?!" -- the two were sparkling, irreverent, and utterly fabulous.
Other highlights of the evening, themed "Broadway and Beyond," included performances of Great White Way classics like the subway ride and Coney Island sections of On the Town; a fantastic tribute to tapper Danny Daniels by contemporary tap stars Jason Samuels Smith, Dulé Hill, and Jimmy Tate; and a performance of the song "Tomorrow" from Annie -- by the original Annie herself, Andrea McArdle! I don't think it's exaggerating to say that goose bumps were had by all.
In her acceptance speech, Ann-Margret expressed her joy and gratitude for the "special bond among dancers everywhere." So true, Ann-Margret. What a wonderful evening celebrating dancers and the world of dance. Thank you Career Transition For Dancers.
Rosie O'Donnell and Rosie's Theater Kids
Jason Samuels Smith, Jimmy Tate, Dulé Hill
On the Town Dream Coney Island