The 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago will showcase eight companies Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., at 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance that is preceded by a 5 p.m. gala reception at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
The partner dance companies that perform each year are Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet. Joining these annual participants this year are a collaboration between Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Trinity Irish Dance Company; Jessica Miller Tomlinson Choreography and Visceral Dance Chicago.
The concert concludes with a celebratory grand finale work choreographed by Randy Duncan, to Andy Mitran's music. Proceeds from Dance for Life Chicago support 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 are $275—600 for both the gala reception and performance, and $15—75 for the performance onl; call 312-341-2300, visit ChicagoDancersUnited.org or stop by the Auditorium Theatre box office.