The Chita Rivera Awards, the annual accolades which acknowledge achievement in dance and choreography, will be held on May 20 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Arts. Nominations for the awards will be announced on April 26.
The awards encompass categories for choreography, featured dancers and ensembles in Broadway productions, Off-Broadway productions and movies that opened in the 2023-2024 season. The cut-off date for nominators to see eligible shows is April 25.
Broadway and film will have separate nominating committees. An additional awarding committee will choose winners in the Broadway and film categories as well as recipients in non-competitive Off-Broadway categories.
Additional non-competitive honors for Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater and Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Humanities will be announced prior to the May 20 ceremony.
Established in 1982 under the name the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, the citations were renamed in 2017 to honor 10-time Tony Award-nominated actor Chita Rivera. Rivera has won two Tonys, the first in 1984 for “The Rink” and then again in 1993 for “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” In 2018, she received the special Tony Award for lifetime achievement.
The awards will benefit the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation College Scholarship Program.
The Chita Rivera Awards is being produced by Joe Lanteri, founder and executive director of the Foundation, in conjunction with Patricia Watt.