On Monday October 31st, Rolex presented A HALLOWEEN THRILLER A Dance Celebration of Ghosts, Ghouls, Vampires & Wilis, – Career Transition For Dancers’ 26th Anniversary Jubilee at the newly renovated New York City Center.
Chita Rivera hosted this one-night-only entertainment extravaganza for kids and adults of all ages. Regarded as an American national treasure, Chita is one of Broadway’s most accomplished and versatile dancer/actress/singers. The thrilling show will astonish with fun and spine-tingling works in an array of styles – woven together in a spook-tacular” celebration of dance.
Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth with some former Bob Fosse dancers opened the program with “Magic To Do” from Piopñ, to be followed by the Naiioiial Dance Institute and other children performing Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.” Other numbers for the show incldued Noah Racey and The New York Song & Dance Company who performed the classic Cole Porter number “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Will premieres during the evening included Carolina Ballet -“Dracula” (NYC Premiere); “The Bell Witch” (World Premiere); American Repertory Ballet – excerpt from “Pathways” (World Premiere), and Mark Stuart Dance Theatre – “Interference” (World Premiere).
Some of the other dance numbers were “Hexentanz” (Witch Dance) based on the original by Mary Wigman; Houston Ballet – Giselle Pas Dc Deux Act II; Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo – “The Dying Swan”; Peter Pucci Plus Dancers – “Surfing”; “The Raven” choreographed by David Fernandez and starting Charles Askegard, Daniel Ulbricht and Savannah Lowery of New York City Ballet and the Tap City Youth Ensemble (a project of the American Tap Dance Foundation) – “Tap Dancing Skeletons”. There were also performances by and artists from Lynn Cohen, and The Street Beats Group; as well as feature appearances* by Tony Award Winner Donna McKechnie; Carmen DeLavallade, Judith Jamison, and Lypsinka.