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Ten years of honoring our own at the 10th annual

Monday, Dec. 10th, 6 – 9pm
 227 East 56th St., NYC

Dancers Over 40 continues its 25th Anniversary season with the 10th Annual Legacy Awards and Holiday Dinner Monday, December 10, 2018.  This celebration honoring our very own members will be held at LIPS Restaurant, 227 East 56th Street 6 – 9pm and hosted by Drama Desk Award Winner Jim Brochu.  There will be guest speakers and performances by entertainer/activist and member of the NYC Nightlife Advisory Board Marti Gould Cummings, along with the always wonderfully delicious full-course meal.

Each honoree holds a special place in the world of dance and have all contributed to promoting Dancers over 40 and the History, Legacy and Lives of our community. DO40 members honored this year come from Broadway, Ballet, Television, Movies and the Radio City Music Hall Corps de Ballet: Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz, Larry Ross, Virginia Seidel and Sharon Wendrow.  These five individuals whose careers span over 50 years in show business have worked with all the greats in the entertainment industry, and are always there for DO40 to share their History, their Legacy and their Lives, contributing numerous times to our panels and performances over the years.

DO40 Honorees

Lori Tan Chinn Lawrence Leritz Virginia Seidel Larry Ross Sharon Wendrow

Dancers Over 40 is an all-volunteer, membership-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our mature creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers. The event will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts.

Host: Jim Brochu Performer: Marti Gould Cummings

Tickets on sale now on Telecharge and at the St. Luke's Box Office: $55.00 for non-members $40.00 for members of Dancers Over 40 with discount code. Reservations: Telecharge, 212-239-6200 or; DO40 members call 212-947-8844 or with discount code. St. Luke’s Box Office open 2 – 6pm daily, at 308 West 46th Street.  For more information, call the DO40 Hotline at 212-330-7016.




Over 30 DO40 members, students and dancers of all ages and ethnicities joined in a
loving tribute to our community, while honoring DO40 members John Mineo,
Christopher Nelson, George Marcy and Gemze de Lappe

A great night of song and dance Monday, October 15th at St. Luke’s Theater in NYC, with not only DO40 members, but also DO40 choreographers, working with their dancers and young students to pay it forward to the next generation.  A totally diverse group of creative artists, from all over the U.S., flying in from OK, IL, FL, CA and even Poughkeepsie, NY!  Truly a working and loving testament to preserving our History, Legacy and Lives. We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary Season and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and also honored four of our members who recently died, founders John Mineo and first president Christopher Nelson, as well as board member George Marcy and long-time member and Agnes de Mille assistant Gemze de Lappe.

Bosom Buddies DO40 members Penny Worth and Carolyn Kirsch

Host Loni Ackerman and DO40 members Carolyn Kirsch and Penny Worth spoke about John Mineo, choreographer Lawrence Leritz about intersection of his life with Gemze de Lappe, choreographer and DO40 board member on choreographing George Marcy's last performance in 2015, a written note from DO40 advisory board member Chita Rivera and a surprise appearance and heartfelt reminiscences of "Georgie Porgie" by advisory board member Carol Lawrence. Loni Ackerman dedicated her last number, I'm Still Here, to Christopher Nelson, who performed in the original Broadway company of FOLLIES. The cast then came on to sing "We're Still Here" for the curtain call.

Gotta Get a Gimmick with DO40 members Eileen Casey, Roseanna Mineo and Nancy Dalton Flowers

A smorgasbord of talent and styles, from tap, jazz, modern, ballet, comedy and song, it was an evening of something for everyone! Broadway numbers from MAME, I AM WHAT I AM, ANYTHING GOES, GYPSY AND LA CAGE AUX FOLLES performed by Penny Worth, Carolyn Kirsch, Mary Jane Houdina, Nancy Dalton Flowers, Eileen Casey, Roseanna Mineo and Lawrence Merritt – modern dance choreographed by DO40 board member Sasha Spielvogel in TABOO, ballet choreography by DO40 member Lawrence Leritz with ALONE, comedy courtesy of Claire Porter and more! Tons of DO40ers in the audience as well as supporters and potential new members!

DO40 member Gary Flannery and his students in an homage to Bob Fosse

Special thanks to St. Luke's producer Ed Gaynes for the use of the hall - now in our 10th year at this venue! Kudos to our advisory board, dance committee and volunteers, especially, Joy Serio Dunbar, Patrick McCarthy, Katharine Buffaloe-Harris, Nancy Dalton, Eileen Casey, accompanist Steve Webber, SM Robert Levenstein and all the DO40 volunteers front and back of the house. We cannot do this without the support of members, donors and you!

DO40 Advisory Board member Carol Lawrence reminiscing about her dear friend and
former DO40 board member George Marcy, with DO40 president John Sefakis

As you know, we donate video and hard copy of all of our events to the Jerome Robbins Collection at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, to preserve our History, Legacy and Lives. Please join us if you can by going to and clicking on the JOIN/DONATE button. As DO40 Advisory Board member Chita Rivera says, "We Simply Cannot Do It Alone!"

DO40 member and choreographer Christopher Anderson and his dancers performing “Heatwave”

In the audience with DO40 president John Sefakis with Lisa Biagini,
DO40 choreographer Sue Samuels and long-time DO40 member John Bate

DO40 members Mary Jane Houdina (performing Anything Goes) with former DO40 board member Karin Baker

Before dress rehearsal with DO40 choreographer Lawrence Leritz
and his dancers Chad Sapp, Abigail Mentzer and Laura Kaufman


Left to Right Back: Sasha Spielvogel, Larry Ross, Patrick McCarthy Tom McRoberts, Susan Sigrist;
Front, Lawrence Merritt, John Sefakis, Karin Baker, Lawrence Leritz, Joy Serio Dunbar, Sharon Wendrow and a whole lot of BC/EFA volunteers! )

We were all stunned when the totals were tallied! Who would have thought 2 for 1.00 Playbills (and more!) 3.00 sheet music 2.00 books and CDs, Sippy Cups and our posters from our DANCIN' and WEST SIDE STORY events would bring in so much revenue! In our 12 years in participating in the BC/EFA Flea Market we have never broken the $4000 barrier! This is a testament to volunteerism at its best, across generations, membership and friends, lots of preparation and dedication by all who donated, worked the tables and attended the event. Special Thanks to Broadway Cares/EFA for helping us with the pick-up of our goods, and giving us volunteers throughout the day to man our Playbill tables.

Lawrence Leritz and Karin Baker man the front tables, as Joy Serio Dunbar hawks our signed cast posters!!

And our volunteers! It took four days of organizing all the materials, weeks of donations from members and non-members and a full 9 - 7 day of enthusiasm and energy to pull this off! Here we go! Donations: Marti Hespen, Kathryn Doby (UPS from Los Angeles!), Harvey Evans, Lori Tan Chinn, Virginia Seidel and people we didn't even know leaving off materials in our lobby! Preparation: Ellen Fluhr, Leni Anders, Karin Baker Kayne, Virginia Seidel, Ken Bloom, board members Patrick McCarthy, Nancy Dalton, Eileen Casey and Katharine Buffaloe-Harris. Volunteers at the event: Ken Bloom, Larry Ross, Joy Serio Dunbar, Lawrence Leritz, Bobby-Hedglin Taylor and husband David Andrew Taylor, Lawrence Merritt, Sasha Spielvogel Patti Mariano and sister Toots Mariano, Susan Sigrist, Virginia Seidel and a rotating bunch of next-gen-ers from BC/EFA!

DO40 members and Legacy Honorees all! -- Lawrence Leritz, Harvey Evans and Sharon Wendrow

Apologies if we left anyone out - it's late and we're pooped! DO40 is here to pay it forward to the next generation while creating a community of support for mature dancers and creative artists. And that also means supporting OUR supporters, like Broadway Cares/EFA, The Actors Fund, Actors Equity, SDC, the Equity Foundation - people and organizations who share our vision of a better place for all of us to work, live, share and love. Peace out! (As we all used to say, back in the day!)

DO40 member Virginia Seidel

We see a movie in the making with this end-of-day photo with DO40 member and Legacy Honoree Virginia Seidel! Unsold items packed up and ready to go back into storage after 10 grueling – yet exhilarating (did we say that already?) hours! A real trouper to stay to the end to guard our valuables! She was so tired she didn’t even realize we to




What a fab group assembled Sept 17th to hear about DO40's 25th anniversary season, take a little stretch class and hear from casting guru Carol Hanzel about the state of "the biz!" Equity and SAG members from 1959 to the present! Umpteen Broadway shows between them all! Special thanks to DO40 member and LASTICS © teacher Donna Flagg and Carol Hanzel for their support and sharing their knowledge.

(Almost everyone!) At our NYC DO40 Membership Meeting - Back: Martha B. Warschau, Marlene Thorn Taber (Marty Clarke), Roseanna Mineo, Dancy Dalton Flowers, Patrick McCarthy, Sharon Wendrow, Lawrence Leritz, Carol Hanzel, Donna Flagg, Diane Nicole, Joy Serio Dunbar; Front: Joyce Nolen, Lawrence Merritt, Leni Anders, Sandy Nance; Not pictured, Darlene Larson, Eileen Casey, DO40 Prez John Sefakis
Lastics © class taught by DO40 member Donna Flagg

And Carol Hanzel, always there for us to dispense the latest in casting information for us! Members had questions of how to submit, where to submit and whether you even need an agent in these internet-y times!

Casting Guru Carol Hanzel addresses the troop’s questions!

DO40 continues its ARTSLegacy series honoring all of our members. These written transcripts will also be donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and eventually into a compilation suitable for publishing.  In this issue we present DO40 member Kevin Winkler (and author of BIG DEAL: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical) and our first-ever overseas member, David James! (We are getting around!)  ARTSLegacy is an added benefit for people who do not live in the tri-state area, or who are in NYC and might not be able to participate in our panels.   The questions can be answered by phone or by computer, so no need to travel or to dress up for the interview!  Call the DO40 hotline at 212-330-7016 or email us at if you are interested! 


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Background photo from the Original West Side Story cast ready to rumble!” Photo courtesy of Photofest