Dance for Life Chicago recently announced the lineup of popular companies and artists returning to the stage August 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago. The one-of-a-kind initiative,  which mobilizes Chicago’s dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which this year is followed by a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago.

Joining the Partner Dance Companies that perform each year— Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet—are Chicago Dance Crash, Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater. The concert features a work in tribute to late dancer, choreographer and instructor Claire Bataille, choreographed by Robyn Mineko Williams, and concludes with a finale choreographed by Randy Duncan.

Co-chairs for the 28th annual Dance for Life are Tom Ferguson Gomez and Mark Ferguson Gomez.

Dance for Life showcases the city’s unique variety of dance traditions and styles by bringing together talented, world-renowned professional dancers from Chicago on the same stage. Dancers unite to support those facing critical health issues by generously donating their time, energy and artistry to the cause. Throughout its history, Dance for Life has presented 37 Chicago-based professional dance companies and numerous choreographers.

The August 17 program will include a Giordano Dance performance of  SOUL, choreographed by Ray Leeper, a high-energy contemporary work to music performed by Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Al Green; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) presenting an excerpt from one of its signature works, Minus 16, choreographed by Ohad Naharin; a Chicago Dance Crash performance of Leap of Faith, choreographed by Artistic Director Jessica Deahr;  Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater in a performance of an excerpt from Mar de Fuego/Sea of Fire, a flamenco contemporary ballet choreographed by Carlos Rodriguez; and works to be announced at a later date performed by Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Joffrey Ballet.

Also on the program, former HSDC dancer and award-winning choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams premieres a work inspired by the late Claire Bataille, one of HSDC’s founding dancers, as well as a choreographer and director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio.

Randy Duncan is creating a finale using dancers from around Chicago to conclude the evening on a high note.

Dance for Life Chicago, which takes place Saturday, August 17, begins with the performance at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., followed by a gala reception and buffet dinner at the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Tickets—$300–650 for both the performance and gala reception and $15–75 for the performance only—go on sale May 1 by phone at 312.341.2300, online at or in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office. Tickets will also be available as an add-on to the Auditorium Theatre's 2019–20 season. Group tickets (10 or more) are available by calling 312.341.2300.

Chicago Dance Crash will join a stellar lineup of Chicago dance companies for the 2019 Dance for Life performance at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (photo courtesy of Chicago Dance Crash).



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 Dance for Life Announces Lineup for 2019 Celebration Performance at Auditorium Theatre