Career Transition For Dancers will present The Third Annual "HEART & SOUL" Awards Luncheon Celebrating Dance on Broadway on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:30 am at Club Colette in Palm Beach, FL. Jane Powell legendary star of movies, stage and television will be the host. The Chairs are: Anka K. Palitz, Vicki Kellogg and Cheryl Gowdy. "So many have been so enthusiastic, agreeing to help Career Transition For Dancers and the Palm Beach Heart & Soul luncheon bring awareness of our very unique organization and the service we provide to their former dancers!" stated Ms. Palitz.
Although remembered as the star of 20 major MGM musicals, including the classics Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Royal Wedding co-starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell has appeared in every entertainment medium and has won acclaim as a dramatic actress and comedienne. On Broadway she starred in Irene. On tour she broke house records in dozens of cities, starring in South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Brigadoon, The Boy Friend, Little Mary Sunshine, Oklahoma!, The Student Prince, I Do! I Do!, and The Most Happy Fella. Off-Broadway she co-starred with Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara in After Play, and in Avow, for which she won unanimous rave reviews for her performance. She received the Drama-Logue Award for Same Time, Next Year. She co-starred in Stephen Sondheim's musical, Bounce, directed by Harold Prince. Jane Powell has done it all: films, television, theatre, radio, the concert stage, recordings, commercials (including a long stint as spokesperson for Polident throughout the 1990s), nightclubs, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and the lecture circuit. She has performed for five U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England. Her autobiography, The Girl Next Door and How She Grew, and her exercise video, Fight Back With Fitness, designed to help people with arthritis, was acclaimed hits. On the lecture circuit, her subjects include fitness, renewal and growth in the "golden years" and, of course, her life in Hollywood. She was honored by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs with the Secretary's Diamond Award for her "legacy of service to military personnel and veterans, especially for her continuous support of the VA's annual National Veterans Creative Arts Festival." The Diamond Award is the VA's highest honor to private citizens. The library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cited the Jane Powell Papers (photographs, recordings, scripts and home movies) as one of the Magnificent Collections in their most recent acquisitions.