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.

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Christy Lopez

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award – Rita Moreno

Rite Moreno - Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

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Christy Lopez

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 Dance, Producer of, and publisher of Dance Studio Life Magazine, what this inspiring man has created is a sense of community among talented and passionate people. Read more

Wesley Davis

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 opportunity to sit down with Joe and chat about his life’s experiences and why receiving this award is such a humbling experience.

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Christy Lopez

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 groups “A Sleight Touch” and “Boys’ Club” each won several shows and ultimately the Grand Championship, on the 80’s television phenomenon, Star Search. Jackie was also the innovator for the fitness trend, “Freedance” that took place over the country and is credited for changing Aerobics. Read more