Did you love West Side Story? Well, if you liked it as much as we did, you will be excited to hear that the actress who played Anita, Golden Globe Award-Winning and Tony Award-nominated Debbie Allen, will be honored at the end of this month at the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation's Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala.
Ms. Allen will be receive the Foundation's prestigious Ambassador for the Arts Award. In addition to West Side Story, Ms. Allen has appeared in the 1969 film "Sweet Charity," the 1980 film "Fame," and the hit TV show, "Grey’s Anatomy." She is an accomplished TV producer, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
A life-long dancer and choreographer, Ms. Allen started dancing as young as three. Her success as a black ballet dancer and choreographer represents the struggle of dancers of color in a dance form dominated by white dancers. Despite facing discrimination in her career, she focused on her studies and graduated Cum Laude from Howard University with a degree in drama.
This exciting, star-studded evening of song and dance will serve as a fundraiser for the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, which since 2010 has awarded over $15 million in college scholarships to hundreds of student dancers across the country. We applaud Ms. Allen's hard work, determination, and beautiful artistry. This event will honor one of the most influential choreographers and beautiful dancers to grace the stage and screen.
CONGRATS DEBBIE ALLEN!