Photography by Kris Diaz
An impressive collection of celebrities, stars of the dance world and supporters of the performing arts gathered together on July 28 to celebrate as the Music Center and Ovation honored OC philanthropist and developer Henry T. Segerstrom during the Dizzy Feet Foundation Celebration of Dance Gala held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center in Los Angeles. Along with Mr. Segerstrom, OSCAR winner Shirley MacLaine, and music and dance director Damian Woetzel were honored for their significant contribution to the performing arts.
The enchanting and glamorous evening was hosted by Dizzy Feet Foundation board members including International Emmy Award-winning producer Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance), ROCK OF AGES director Adam Shankman and actress Katie Holmes, alongside an impressive roster of performers that included Maria Menounos, Derek Hough, Ryan Guzman, Misha Gabriel, tWitch and Kathryn McCormack.
The Gala featured performances by talent from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Step Up Revolution, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, Alvin Ailey and American Ballet Theatre, among many others. High-wattage presenters included actress and recording artist Carmen Electra, talented music artists and Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Harry Shum, and television host and actress Ricki Lake.
Orange County developer and philanthropist Henry T. Segerstrom was awarded with the 2012 DFF Impact Award for his unparalleled support for the arts, and dance, in particular. As a major patron of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, formerly the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom has made the joy, inspiration, and benefits of dance accessible to larger audiences beyond the four walls of private collections or privileged access. A name recognizable beyond all other supporters of the arts in Orange County, Segerstrom has long been the leader and most generous donor to the nonprofit Segerstrom Center for the Arts, comprised of South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Hall, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and the future site of the Orange County Museum of Arts, and has acted as a booster for the development of world-class arts facilities in Costa Mesa.
The event successfully netted $500,000 that will go to benefit the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sponsor, fund and/or support dance education programs that expose children in underserved areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education, through and with local community organizations; as well as to provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited or nationally regarded dance schools, studios, or institutions. In conjunction with recognized credentialing organizations, the foundation also strives to support and increase the quality of all styles of dance education in the United States.
The spectacular event concluded with a Celebration Supper taking place in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.