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Capezio 125th Anniversary Celebration

The Rockettes perform at the Capezio 125th Gala The Rockettes perform at the Capezio 125th Gala

The Capezio 125th Anniversary Celebration was a hit. Family, friends and entertainers of all worlds came together to celebrate with Capezio, the company that has delivered high quality dance goods for 125 years. The show started with The Rockettes kicking high into the sky, working in perfect sync only to open up and reveal the amazing, red shoe wearing Tommy Tune. He later would receive the 61st Capezio Dance Award, presented by his friend, the famous dancer/choreographer Ann Reinking.

Tommy joined an amazing list of past recipients: Savion Glover, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Desmond Richardson and many more. Nigel Lythgoe was also awarded the Capezio 125th Anniversary Award and was given a donation for his Dizzy Feet Foundation.

 Tommy Tune and Nigel Lythgoe at Capezio 125th Gala

Nigel Lythgoe and the Capezio family

The night was filled with amazing performances produced by Ann Marie DeAngelo. She brought together a beautiful mix of dance, athletics and arobatics from many fields of dance. Ballet, modern, ballroom and tap to name a few.


Misty Copeland and Jared Matthews of American Ballet Theatre, doing a little Balanchine ("Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux").

Mr Wiggles

There was a hip hop performance, courtesy of Mr. Wiggles with amazing hip hop and breakin.

Mandy Moore jazz routine at Capezio125th Gala

A huge show number from jazz choreographer Mandy Moore. iLuminate sparked in the dark with a performance called "Night Vision," created by Miral Kotb.

Noah Racey and Jeffrey Denman

Noah Racey and Jeffrey Denman dazzled with an old-fashioned song-and-tap number called "Educate Your Feet."

Jaime Verazin and Mark Stuart, of Mark Stuart Dance Theatre

There were also multiple ballroom dancers fluttering across the stage. Especially sizzling was a tango performed by Jaime Verazin and Mark Stuart, of Mark Stuart Dance Theatre.


Other memorable routines were those of The Lombard Twins from Argentina and a couple who twisted and turned on skis from Momix dance company.

Bad Boys of Dance

Queen and Michael Jackson echoed through the theatre as the male group called the Bad Boys of Dance leaped and spun with fury.


And there was even a charming Bob Fosse number — three dancers in bowler hats, performing the choreographer's distinctive Manson Trio number from his musical "Pippin." As many in the audience knew, Reinking performed in "Pippin" early in her career.

Ann Reinking and Tommy Tune

Thank you all for all your passion a support for dance.


For more articles please click on the links below:

A Tribute to Shoes: Dancers Celebrate Capezio

Taylor Morgan’s Blog: Happy 125 Years Capezio

Telling the Story of Dance Shoes, and of Dance

Now That Was A Gala! Happy 125th Capezio!

A Star-Studded Celebration of Shoes