Category: Lifetime Achievement


    Debbie Allen, a BFA graduate of Howard University in Theater and Classical Greek Studies is an award-winning director/choreographer who has choreographed the Academy Awards a record ten times. She has directed and choreographed for legendary artists such as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gwen Verdon, Lena Horne, […]

  • 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Presented To – Kenny Ortega

    Kenny Ortega’s work as a director, choreographer, and producer is known and loved by millions around the world.  Some of Ortega’s works throughout his long and illustrious career in film and television include the feature documentary “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”, “Newsies”, “Hocus Pocus”, and Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise, which were the most […]

  • 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Presented To – Chita Rivera

    The Industry Dance Awards is honored to present the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to the beautiful and extraordinarily accomplished, Chita Rivera. This incomparable award-winning actress has inspired the dance community all over the world with her iconic roles and legendary, ground-breaking career. We are honored to celebrate Ms. Rivera at the Industry Dance Awards.

  • 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award – Rita Moreno

    The Industry Dance Awards is honored to present the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to the one and only Rita Moreno. With her long list of award-winning work, she has inspired so many in the dance community and beyond. We are looking forward to seeing her grace the Industry Dance Awards stage.

  • 2014 IDA Lifetime Achievement Award – Rhee Gold

    The 2014 Industry Dance Awards is happy to honor Rhee Gold as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner! Known as the industry’s first motivational speaker, it gives us great pleasure to recognize him for his empowering ways and overall success as a leader in the dance world. As author of The Complete Guide to Teaching […]

  • 2013 IDA Lifetime Achievement Award – Joe Tremaine

    At this year’s KARtv Awards and Benefit Show, Joe Tremaine will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. For those of you who may not be familiar with him, Joe is a world-renowned dance educator and performer, inspiring us all through his dedication to the performing arts. In the recent weeks, our team had the […]

  • 2012 IDA Lifetime Achievement Award – Jackie Sleight

    We are proud to name Mrs. Jackie Sleight the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in Industry Dance Awards  (formerly known as, KARtv Awards) history in 2012. From dancer to choreographer to director, she has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment such as, Paula Abdul, Rod Stewart, and Barry Manilow. Jackie’s dance […]