From the Director's Corner - Capezio 125th Anniversary


A Night of Great Performances

Capezio 125th Anniversary Celebration

April 23, 2012

Directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo

Please contact Capezio at
or NY City Center for more information.



The Show

One night only, a cavalcade of dance celebrates 125 years of Capezio's commitment to the arts. The evening promises to be sensational, with numerous dance styles, genres, and mediums of performance represented, all reflecting how Capezio has been an integral part of the history of dance and entertainment. Combining all dance forms, the show exemplifies America's soul as expressed through movement-- its dynamic energy, eclecticism and indomitable free spirit.

Director Ann Marie DeAngelo says, “In a marriage of past and future, this show is an amalgamation of choreographic voices – presenting the new and edgy alongside sure-fire hits.”

Don’t miss this explosive gallery of art! This special mix of talent has never before been seen together on the same stage.

Highlights include:

American Dance Icons

Two American icons will open the show. Tommy Tune will receive the 61st annual Capezio Award, presented by Tony Award®-winner Ann Reinking.  Mr. Tune is the recipient of an unprecedented 9 Tony Awards in 4 different categories - dancer, performer/actor, choreographer, and director.

From Radio City Music Hall comes the glamour, glory, and high-kicking precision dance of the Radio City Rockettes (above). Their 77-year history is shared in many respects with Capezio.


Hip Hop


Mr. Wiggles (above, left) and Rock Steady Crew pioneered what is now the most international dance style in the world, Hip Hop. The New York Times called this “b-boying” crew “the foremost breakdancing group in the world today.”  Mr. Wiggles was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for creating the first Off-Broadway show about Hip Hop, Jam on the Groove.  They will perform together with Industrial Rhythm (right), a NYC-based dance and percussion troupe that delivers the excitement and energy of Off Broadway hits like Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk and Stomp, but with their own original twist.


Misty Copeland (pictured) and Jared Mathews, soloists from American Ballet Theater, will express the artistry of classical ballet through a performance of Balanchineʼs Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.

Photo: Gene Schiavone



Straight from “Americaʼs Got Talent” comes ILuminate. These ever-popular glow-suit dancers have created a new innovative dance/entertainment piece for the occasion.

Theater Dance

Noah Raceyʼs New York Song & Dance, which combines old-style hoofing and theater dance throughout the century, will be feature




With ever expanding attention to Ballroom Dance, Capezio has been a proud sponsor of Dance Sport Competitions - providing continuity of Ballroom Dance. Sponsored talent will perform alongside Mark Stuart Dance Theatre (above, right), a bold blend of dance and movement, athleticism and evocative partnering.


Bad Boys of Dance

Look out for Rasta Thomas (right) and his company, Bad Boys of Dance - breaking ground doing the unexpected, a hybrid of contemporary and commercial dance.





With its wide-reaching audience, circus has always depended on Capezio. The evening will include former Cirque du Soleil contortionist/aerialists Anna Venizelos and her sister Emily (right).


The Lombard Twins

The Lombard Twins (above), the high-energy tap/hip hop innovators, will perform an out-of-the box, one-of-a-kind routine.




The program will also include the high energy and excitement of world champion cheerleaders.



Fosse Heat


And what would an all-encompassing dance show be without a work by past Capezio Award recipient Bob Fosse?




Groundbreaking Momix is a company of dancer-illusionists internationally known for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty.

Cartier Williams, a young Tap protégé of Savion Glover, will perform.



From the popular Break-the-Floor dance conventions sponsored by Capezio,, aspiring students will perform in a piece by Mandy Moore, alongside current and former “So You Think You Can Dance” winners.  A.C.E. Award recipient Travis Wall will also perform and make an exciting choreographic contribution.





Director/choreographer Nigel Lythgoe (far left, with Ann Marie) will be on hand as the recipient of the Capezio 125th Anniversary Award. The incomparable Desmond Richardson (left), 2011 Capezio Award Recipient, will also appear.


Capezio celebrates 125 years of excellence
with this one-night only special evening
on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
at New York City Center
131 West 55 Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
in NYC.

Proceeds will go to American Tap Dance Foundation,
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and National Dance Institute.



Ann Marie DeAngelo
A True Creative Force in Dance
By Guy Adams

Ann Marie DeAngelo is an international producer, director and choreographer. She was a star of the Joffrey Ballet and featured in Time magazine as one of Americaʼs leading ballerinas, and performed internationally as a guest artist. She has been a director in ballet since the 1980s, with her own troupe called Ballet DʼAngelo - to founder of Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico, and later the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

DeAngelo has choreographed over 50 ballets, including a new musical premiering at the Shanghai Expo 2101, and was a pioneer in bringing “hip hop” out of the ghetto and onto the stage. She specializes in synthesis, be it in her own work or in her multi-genre dance shows she currently produces for Career Transition For Dancers (raising $1million per event). DeAngelo has worked with theater personalities such as Marge Champion, Sutton Foster, Marvin Hamlisch, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, and Karen Ziemba.

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