For its 27th annual event, Dance for Life Chicago presents a diverse group of companies and artists performing August 18 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Dance for Life, which mobilizes Chicago’s dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which is preceded by a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago.
Joining the Partner Dance Companies that perform each year—Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet—are Hanna Brictson and Dancers, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash and Nomi Dance Company. The concert also includes a work choreographed by Randy Duncan.
This year, Dance for Life honors two pillars of Chicago dance: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Founding Artistic Director Lou Conte and Giordano Dance Chicago Artistic Director Nan Giordano. Said Dance for Life Board President Kevin McGirr, “Lou founded Hubbard Street in 1977 and directed the company for 23 years. HSDC continues his legacy to enrich, engage, educate and change lives through the experience of dance. Nan continues the artistic vision of her father, Gus, who founded GDC 55 years ago. For the last 25 years, Nan has guided the development of GDC’s large and diverse repertoire. We are so proud to honor both of these remarkable people at this year’s Dance for Life.”
Co-chairs for the 27th annual Dance for Life are Tom Ferguson Gomez and Mark Ferguson Gomez.
Dance for Life showcases the city’s unique variety of dance traditions and styles by bringing together talented, world-renowned professional dancers from Chicago on the same stage. Dancers unite to support those facing critical health issues by generously donating their time, energy and artistry to the cause. Throughout its history, Dance for Life has presented 34 Chicago-based professional dance companies and numerous choreographers.
To build excitement, Dance for Life presents the return of Dance Divas, a performance by professional dancers impersonating female celebrities, directed by choreographers Harrison McEldowney and Jeremy Plummer. Tony Savino serves as Emcee. Guests have the opportunity for a “diva makeover” during the show. Dance Divas takes place Sunday, June 24 at 6 p.m. and Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m. at The Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark Street, Chicago.
Dance for Life Chicago, which takes place Saturday, August 18,
begins at 5 p.m. with a gala reception and buffet dinner at
the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave., and continues with
the performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Tickets—$300–650 for both the gala reception and performance
and $15–75 for the performance only—go on sale May 18
by phone at 312.341.2300, online at chicagodancersunited.org
or in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office.
Group tickets (10 or more) are available by calling 312.341.2300.
Tickets for Dance Divas, which takes place Sunday, June 24 at 6 p.m.
and Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m. at The Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St.,
are $50, which includes one drink, and are available at chicagodancersunited.org.
Dance for Life
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.