Record-Breaking Dance For Life Performance And Gala Raises Over $300K For The Dancers’ Fund

Giordano Dance Chicago Performs SOUL, Choreographed by Ray Leeper (Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography)

(Chicago) – Dance for Life, which mobilizes Chicago’s dance community by raising funds through dance, welcomed more than 3,100 guests, an all-time high in attendance, at the 28th annual Dance for Life performance on August 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr. Following the performance, more than 650 guests attended a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue.

From a combination of ticket sales, sponsorships, a raffle and contributions, Dance for Life raised more than $300,000—also a record—to support the Dancers’ Fund, which provides assistance to members of the dance community facing critical health issues.

Randy Duncan’s World Premiere Finale Release (Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography)

During the performance, Robert Neubert, board president of Chicago Dancers United (CDU), the organization that produces Dance for Life, introduced new executive director Kesha M Pate. Together, they welcomed AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) President and CEO John Peller and American Cancer Society Executive Director Peter Steele to the stage to announce a new partnership: the three organizations will work together to increase philanthropic support for the Dance for Life fundraiser and the Dancers’ Fund’s ability to provide financial assistance to dance professionals in times of need.

“Dance for Life began in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, in partnership with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago,” said Neubert. “Throughout the years, we have increased our support to include all critical health issues, and this partnership with the American Cancer Society is a great next step in expanding our ability to fulfill our mission here in Chicago. We could not be more excited to have ACS join the Dance for Life family.”

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Performs an Excerpt from Decadance/Chicago, Choreographed by Ohad Naharin (Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography)

The Dance for Life performance featured the 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’s Stone Soup Rhythms and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater; a first look at a work in tribute to late dancer, choreographer and instructor Claire Bataille, choreographed by Robyn Mineko Williams; and a finale choreographed by Randy Duncan. The gala reception following the performance at the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom featured refreshments and dancing.

Co-chairs for the 28th annual Dance for Life were Tom Ferguson Gomez and Mark Ferguson Gomez.

The Joffrey Ballet Performs Bells, Choreographed by Yuri Possokhov (Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography)

Proceeds from Dance for Life benefit the Dancers’ Fund, which offers financial assistance to dance professionals in times of need for, but not limited to, health matters, housing, utilities, insurance, medication and travel.

Dance for Life 2019 was 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, Fifth Third Bank, Peoples Gas, Athletico, Bell Litho Inc., Paterno Group, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago/Lou Conte Dance Studio and The Chicago Academy for the Arts. Special thanks to Dance for Life’s 2019 Producers and Dance Captains.

Press Release Via: Dance For Life

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