Chicago Dancers United to Host August 19 Gala in Advance of Dance for Life Performance  

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Tabula Rasa (photo courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago).

Chicago Dancers United (CDU), which mobilizes Chicago’s dance community by raising funds through dance, will host a festive gala reception August 19 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., prior to the 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom with cocktails and a “summer supper.” Guests will then proceed to the Auditorium Theatre for Dance for Life Chicago 2017, this year featuring eight companies, including Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Human Rhythm Project.

The performance concludes with a celebratory grand finale work choreographed by Randy Duncan to music by Andy Mitran. Emcees for the evening are Carisa Barreca of The Second City and another emcee to be announced.

Co-chairs for Dance for Life Chicago 2017 are Jennifer Edgcomb, vice president at GEM Realty Capital Inc.; Erica Edwards, director of community engagement for Joffrey Ballet; and Aaron Weiss, supervising attorney with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office.

​Proceeds from Dance for Life Chicago support Chicago Dancers United’s The Dancers’ Fund, which provides assistance to members of the dance community coping with critical health and life issues, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.Tickets to Dance for Life Chicago are $275–600 for both the gala reception and performance and $15–75 for the performance only and are available by phone at 312.341.2300, online at or in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office.