Dance for Life’s 28th Annual Performance To Feature Diverse Chicago Dance Companies

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater in Mar de Fuego (Sea of Fire)

(Chicago) – Dance for Life, which mobilizes Chicago’s dance community by raising funds through dance, shifts its festive gala reception to a post-show celebration this year. The party takes place August 17 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., following the 28th annual Dance for Life Chicago performance at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive.

“We decided to move the party to follow the performance because we wanted the dancers to be able to join us,” explained Co-Chair Mark Ferguson Gomez. “This way, everyone can celebrate the evening together, artists and patrons alike, and have a great time,” said Co-Chair Tom Ferguson Gomez.

The Joffrey Ballet’s Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili (Photo by Christopher Duggan)

The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre with the Dance for Life performance, featuring Partner Dance Companies Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet, joined this year by Chicago Dance Crash, Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. The concert features a “first look” at a work in tribute to late dancer, choreographer and instructor Claire Bataille, choreographed by Robyn Mineko Williams and performed by Robyn Mineko Williams and Artists, and concludes with a finale choreographed by Randy Duncan, featuring dancers from the Chicago area. Immediately following the performance, guests proceed to the Hilton Chicago for a gala reception with “Summer Bites.”

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Dance for Life supports organizations and dance professionals facing critical health issues. Proceeds from Dance for Life benefit the Dancers’ Fund, which was established in response to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the dance community, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The Dancers’ Fund now offers assistance in, but is not limited to, health matters, housing, utilities, insurance, medication and travel. As a unifier of Chicago’s dance community, Dance for Life supports a thriving dance community by focusing on its health and well-being through the Dancers’ Fund.

Chicago Dance Crash (Photo by Ashley Deran)

Dance for Life Chicago 2019 is supported, in part, by the Auditorium Theatre, Hilton Chicago, HMS Media, Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Peoples Gas, Paterno Group, Bell Litho Inc. and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago/Lou Conte Dance Studio. Special thanks to Dance for Life Chicago 2019’s Producers and Dance Captains.

Dance for Life Chicago, which takes place Saturday, August 17,
begins with the performance at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre,
50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., followed bya gala reception and Summer Bites
at the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets for the performance and gala reception are $300–650
(performance-only tickets are $15–75), available by phone at 312.341.2300,
online at
or in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office.
Group tickets (10 or more) are available by calling 312.341.2300.


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