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by Michael Portantiere


    The mission of Career Transition for Dancers is "to empower current and former professional dancers, as well as their younger counterparts, with the knowledge and skills necessary to clearly define their career possibilities after dance and to provide the resources to help make these possibilities a reality." CTFD held its annual between-shows get-together, sponsored by The Shubert Organization, at Sardi's on Wednesday, March 26.


    Among the attendees was this merry group from Curtains: Christopher Spaulding, Noah Racey, and Jen Frankel.


    Also on hand: Seth Stewart and Michael Balderrama, from In the Heights.


    Event co-host Graciela Daniele with John Selya, praised for his thrilling dancing in Movin' Out, and Andy Blankenbuehler, whose choreography of In the Heights has the whole town talking.


    A Chorus Line's Jeffrey Schecter and Heather Parcells with Hairspray's Joe Abraham.


    Alexander J. Dubé, CTFD's executive director, with event co-host Mercedes Ellington.


    Mary Lou Westerfield of Actors' Equity and Judith Anderson, vice president of CTFD, flanked by Phil Smith and Gerald Schoenfeld of The Shubert Organization.


    Event co-hosts Allyson Tucker, John Selya, Mercedes Ellington, Graciela Daniele, Brenda Braxton, and Andy Blankenbuehler.

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 11:54 PM | Item Link

    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
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    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.