Capezio, one of the foremost dancewear and dance shoes brands in the world, and a household name, will soon celebrate its legacy of 130 years of excellence with a special event, Capezio Dance Awards: 130 Years of Dance, on May 14, in Las Vegas. The legendary dancewear company’s roots date back to 1887, when, at the age of 17, Salvatore Capezio, opened up shop near the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Capezio’s reputation and popularity grew, and today, professional artists around the globe depend on the company’s shoes and products for their dancing needs.
American Ballet Theatre Principal James Whiteside, for example, who recently collaborated with Capezio on the new MR ballet shoe, says of the brand, “They’re an old company with a rich family history. There’s a reason they’re still around.”
At the Capezio Dance Awards: 130 Years of Dance, the Capezio Dance Foundation will honor several important trailblazers in the industry, recognizing its 2018 World of Dance Award Honorees. Honorees include Debbie Allen for Life Achievement as a dancer, actress, choreographer, director, teacher and producer; Wendy Whelan for Ballet as a former New York City Ballet principal ballerina, and current programs promoter for emerging choreographers; David Parsons for Modern Dance as a world-renowned modern dance choreographer; Michelle Dorrance for Tap as an exceptional dancer and innovative choreographer; and Steve “Mr. Wiggles” Clemente for Hip Hop (new addition!) as a leading pioneer and inventor within his style.
Hosted by none other than the So You Think You Can Dance Producer and Judge Nigel Lythgoe, the glorious event will highlight some of the magical history of Capezio with numerous dance legends and stars of stage and screen in attendance. A dance show will also be produced and directed by former Joffrey Ballet star Ann Marie DeAngelo as part of the event.
The show portion of the event will feature performances by Desmond Richardson, Cirque du Soleil, Contemporary West Dance Theatre, DNA from Jennifer Lopez’s World of Dance, California All Stars, Dorrance Dance, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Parsons Dance Company, Pippin by Bob Fosse, Mr. Wiggles, Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Dance Company, Twitch and Wendy Whelan.
In addition, a work by La La Land choreographer Mandy Moore will be presented. Other surprises are on the horizon, too.
Overall, the evening will benefit The Actors Fund and Future Dance, a program sponsored by Nevada Ballet Theatre.
To learn more about Capezio’s exceptional history, visit www.capezio.com. And for tickets to the Capezio Dance Awards: 130 Years in Dance, held May 14, at 7:30pm, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, click here.