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River North Dance Chicago in Forbidden Boundaries choreographed by Frank Chavez (photo by Erika Dufour).
Chicago's Elite Dance Companies to Assemble Once More for Dance for Life 2015 at Auditorium Theatre
Chicago dance lovers will experience a night of breathtaking performances as seven of Chicago’s top companies come together for one evening at Dance for Life. With thought provoking choreography and poignant music, this highly anticipated event is held annually to support organizations and dance community professionals dealing with critical health issues, including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS, through the art of dance. Since 1992, Dance for Life has raised millions of dollars to support the cause.
This year, the funny and talented Joey Bland and Tim Mason from The Second City will emcee the night. Choreographer Randy Duncan will bring his highly acclaimed work Stand By Me with special music arrangement by Ira Antelis to the Auditorium Theatre as Dance for Life’s finale. Performing group C5 will also present a show-stopping world premiere. And for the first time ever, the finale will feature local professional dancers that were selected through a special audition, spotlighting young Chicago talent in this year’s event.
Funds raised through this year’s Dance for Life benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The Dancers’ Fund.
Who will audiences see? A cornucopia of Chicago’s elite dance troupes, including Giordano Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, River North Dance and Chicago Human Rhythm Project, among other notable dance companies hailing from the Windy City.
It all kicks off at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15 with a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom (720 S. Michigan Avenue) followed by a 7:30 p.m. curtain time for the annual Dance for Life Performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Parkway). A complimentary shuttle bus will be provided to transport guests between the two venues.
To purchase tickets or for more information about this worthy cause and dazzling dance performance, call 312-922-5812 or visit www.danceforlifechicago.org.