The Industry Dance Awards 2023: A Night of Celebration and Giving Back
LOS ANGELES, CA – The highly anticipated Industry Dance Awards returned with a splash this year, bringing together the who’s who of the dance world for a night of stellar performances, recognition, and most importantly, giving back.
Hosted by the ever-charismatic Amanda Holden, the evening unfolded at the Dolby Theatre and witnessed dance luminaries such as Julianne Hough, Adam Shankman, and Allison Holker gracing the stage. The evening’s significance was further amplified with the presentation of the “Legacy of Hope Scholarship” by Allison Holker to Trey Rich. This scholarship stands as a heartfelt tribute, aiming to memorialize Stephen “tWitch” Boss’s steadfast contribution to the world of dance.
Among the evening’s many highlights was JoJo Siwa’s appearance. The audience was buzzing not only for her presence but also for the major announcement that she has now joined the Board of Directors for Dancers Against Cancer, furthering the organization’s mission to aid those affected by this devastating illness.
Dancers Against Cancer, an organization that has been at the forefront of providing financial support to dance educators, dancers, and their families affected by cancer, was the heart of the event. The evening was not just about celebrating dance, but also about supporting this noble cause. The audience and participants’ generosity was palpable, with the night raising an impressive sum of over $100,000 for Dancers Against Cancer.
The evening was replete with memorable moments, from Noah Lands’ heartfelt acknowledgment of the immense support from the audience to the DAC Board of Directors making their esteemed presence felt. With Rhee Gold, Liz Imperio, Cindy Larsen, Terry Schulke, Michelle Soutier, Michelle Webb, and JoJo Siwa at the helm, the future of Dancers Against Cancer looks brighter than ever.
The awards were an eclectic mix, recognizing talents from various dance genres. Each segment, from the “Trailblazer” award to the “People’s Choice Award” and the “Choreography of the Year”, was a testament to the diversity and talent within the industry.
As the night drew to a close, the attendees left with not just memories of a spectacular evening but also the satisfaction of having contributed to a cause much larger than themselves.
With gratitude and hope, the dance community looks forward to another year of celebrating its art while making a tangible difference in the world.
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