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Astaire Awards

Ben Vereen
Patricia Watt, Kenny Ortega

Ben Vereen hosted the 28th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards honoring excellence in dance on stage and in film  Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Gerald Lynch Theater in NYC. The star studded event celebrating dancers and dance featured performances by cast members of Fela, Come Fly Away, Ragtime & Memphis as well a special numbers by Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, “Dancing With the Stars” Tony Dovolani and Lee Roy Reams  performing with ladies who once danced with Fred Astaire. The evening was directed by Lee Roy Reams and produced by Patricia Watt.  Director & Choreographer Kenny Ortega received the The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award.
Photography: Barry Grordin

Ben Vereen
Patricia Watt, Kenny Ortega

Ben Vereen hosted the 28th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards honoring excellence in dance on stage and in film  Monday, June 7, 2010 at the Gerald Lynch Theater in NYC. The star studded event celebrating dancers and dance featured performances by cast members of Fela, Come Fly Away, Ragtime & Memphis as well a special numbers by Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, “Dancing With the Stars” Tony Dovolani and Lee Roy Reams  performing with ladies who once danced with Fred Astaire. The evening was directed by Lee Roy Reams and produced by Patricia Watt.  Director & Choreographer Kenny Ortega received the The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award.
Photography: Barry Grordin

The other award winners were:
For Excellence In Dance On Stage:

Choreographer

Bill T. Jones – Fela
Male Dancer

Charlie Neshyba-Hodges – Come Fly Away

Cast Members from “Fela”

Female Dancers
Nicole Chantal de Weever & the Female Ensemble – Fela
(Hettie Vyrine Barnhill, Lauren de Veaux, Elasea Douglas, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Catherine Foster, Shaneeka Harrrell, Chanon Judson, Shakira Marshall, Afi McClendon, Oneika Phillips, Jill Vallery, Iris Wilson, Aimee Graham Wodobode )
For Excellence In Dance On Film:
Choreographer (Fictional Film):

Marguerite Derricks – Fame
Director (Documentary Dance Film):

Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern – Every Little Step

Jill Zarin, Robin Cofer, Jeanne Shafiroff, Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster
Lee Roy Reams, Caroline Lieberman
Wendy Diamond, Lucky, Bob Balaban
Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, Roberta Flack, Robin Cofer
Charlotte D’Amboise, Anna Bergman, Mary MacLeod
Jeanne Shafiroff, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Dancing With The Stars)
Ben Vereen, Kenny Ortega
The Art of Dance Kids
Roberta Flack
John Selya, Holley Farmer
Katlean DeMonchy, Karine Plantadit
Bryan Fenkart, Tyrone A. Jackson, Jermaine Rembert, James Brown111, Cary Tedder
Jeanne Shafiroff, John Wegorzewski