Watching her react from across the huge ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the honor appeared to come as a total shock to Joanne DiVito. The Professional Dancer’s Society bequeathed to the diminutive-but powerhouse DiVito, a much loved and respected member of the Los Angeles dance community, its “Gypsy Robe” for 2018, an honor of supreme sentimental value to any dancer. The marvelous surprise took place at the PDS’s annual luncheon on April 15, 2018.
DiVito, is a dancer, choreographer, agent, and for many years the West Coast Office Director of Career Transition for Dancers. She worked for Jack Cole, George Abbott, Richard Rodgers, and Ethel Merman. She has directed and choreographed for commercials, Broadway, television and film. She is currently a professor of dance at California State University, Northridge.
In DiVito’s own words,
The “Gypsy Robe” one of the great honors presented by a Gypsy to a Gypsy. The incredible and talented Sandy Roveta, 2017 Honored Gypsy, presented this outrageously fabulous robe to me today at the Professional Dancers Society’s Luncheon.
Each Gypsy shares a memory from their amazing careers. Thank you Sandy, Walter and Charlene Painter…and the gorgeous Sandahl Bergman and Adele Yoshioka who made sure I didn’t miss this one…you tricky Gypsies. Love you all.
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photo credit: Cheryl Baxter-Ratliff