Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dance for Life - Raising Funds & Awareness for HIV/AIDS Care [FLASH MOB VIDEO]

By: Anthony Guerrero - Producer, Dance for Life Chicago

Dance for Life reaches its 22nd year and has become the Midwest's largest dance performance-based fundraiser. It allows the Chicago professional dance community the opportunity to play a proactive role in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The mission is to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention.

In the summer of 1992, Dance for Life premiered at the Organic Theatre, selling out 400 seats weeks in advance and raising $18,001 for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.  The following years, the event moved to the Athenaeum Theatre, the Skyline Stage at Navy Pier and the beautiful Harris Theater selling out each year weeks in advance.  Dance for Life is proud to be housed at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University for a third year where the audiences for this one night event have exceeded 2,000 guests.

This year Dance for Life is raising funds for AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago House and The Dancers’ Fund.  The Dancers' Fund originated in 1994 and was organized by DFL board member, Harriet Ross.  It provides small, personal-assistance grants to members of the Chicago area's professional dance community living with a life threatening disease.  This includes dancers, choreographers, administrators and all those working in professional dance.  The fund will offer assistance in, but not limited to, the following areas: rent, utilities, insurance, medication and travel.

This year, DFL presents pieces from DanceWorks Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago.  In addition to these amazing companies, there will be a performance of Le Corsaire Pas de Deux by Independent Artists, Abigail Simon and Mauro Villanueva.  And the evening would not be complete without the two World Premiere Finale pieces choreographed by Harrison McEldowney & Jeremy Plummer closing Act 1 and Randy Duncan closing the night.

Be prepared for an evening of dance like no other with a little something for everyone.  This is the only place you will find all of these talented dancers working together in support of each other, their community and those living with HIV/AIDS as they dance for life.


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