Chicago Dancers United (CDU), which mobilizes Chicago’s dance community by raising funds through dance, welcomed nearly 2,300 guests at the 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago performance August 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Parkway.). Approximately 600 guests attended a pre-performance gala reception at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue). From a combination of ticket sales, sponsorships and contributions, Dance for Life Chicago raised more than $233,000 to 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.

The evening began in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom with cocktails and a “summer supper.” Guests then proceeded to the Auditorium Theatre for Dance for Life Chicago 2017, which this year featured eight companies: Partner Dance Companies Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet, joined by Jessica Miller Tomlinson Choreography; Visceral Dance Chicago; and a collaboration between Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater and Trinity Irish Dance Company; The performance concluded with a celebratory grand finale work choreographed by Randy Duncan to music by Andy Mitran. Carisa Barreca and Kevin Sciretta of The Second City served as emcees for the evening.

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

Dance for Life Chicago 2017 was sponsored, in part, by the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Hilton Chicago, Barbara Levy Kipper, MB Financial, NIB Foundation, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, among other local supporters.

Dance for Life 2017 Raises $233K for The Dancers Fund at Auditorium Theatre Gala Performance

Nan Giordano, Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago, and Nick Pupillo, Founder and Artistic Director of Visceral Dance (photo by Julia Nash Photography).