Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dance for Life - 20+ years of fighting HIV/AIDS in our community

The mission of Dance for Life is to promote dance in Chicago while supporting HIV/AIDS care, education, and prevention in metropolitan Chicago.

In 1992, the first Dance for Life was held at Chicago’s Organic Theatre and raised approximately $18,000 for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Tickets were $25 and the 400-seat theatre sold out weeks in advance.

Over the past 20 years, all performances have sold out, raising nearly $4 million dollars in the fight against HIV/AIDS and has grown into the Midwest’s largest performance-based AIDS fundraiser. Now, Dance for Life takes place at the 3,000+ seat Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and tickets range from $50 for general reserved performance seating to $500, which includes premiere performance seating and the pre-performance gala reception.

Since 1992, Dance for Life has supported 26 AIDS Service Providing Organizations in metropolitan Chicago with unrestricted funding that provide critical services to those whose lives are impacted by HIV/AIDS. This number does not include the additional local organizations that also benefit from AFC’s increased ability to award additional grants.

Dance for Life has also presented 29 Chicago-based professional dance companies and choreographers presenting its audience with a wide array of dance styles over the years. It also supports a South African school each year with a $5,000 grant for AIDS prevention and education.

The Dancers’ Fund, a funding program of Dance for Life, was created in 1994 as a one of a kind fund with the mission to provide emergency financial assistance to dancers living with HIV/AIDS. Later, the fund was expanded to include anyone in the dance community living with HIV/AIDS (administration and backstage support services) and expanded again to assist anyone in the Chicago dance community living with any life-threatening illness. Since all the dance companies perform gratis, the Fund acts as an insurance policy for dancers who often lack health insurance.

This year, Dance for Life hosts two exciting, world-premiere performances by renowned choreographers Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney.

Participating Companies Include:

The Joffrey Ballet                                             
Giordano Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
River North Chicago Dance Company
Luna Negra Dance Theater
Ron de Jesus Dance

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012
5:00 p.m. – Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago Grand Ball Room (720 S. Michigan Ave.)
8:00 p.m. – Dance for Life Performance – Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Pkwy.)
*Complimentary shuttle bus service provided between the two venues.

$50-$75 (performance only)
$175-$500 (includes admission to 5:00 p.m. gala reception and premiere seating at the performance)
To purchase tickets, please call 800.982.ARTS (2787) or visit

$15 student rush tickets will be available 1 hour before the show at the box office.  2 tickets per valid student I.D. Subject to availability.

Performance – Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago
Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

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