The 26th annual Dance For Life gala and concertheld Aug. 19 at the Auditorium Theatre continued the tradition of serving as a fundraiser to prevent new transmissions of HIV, support efforts to eradicate AIDS and assist those in the dance community that are affected by critical health issues.
Chicago Dancers United presented the event.
Dance for Life began with a gala reception followed by the performancesa series of per segments from Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater, Trinity Irish Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Jessica Miller Choreography, Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Visceral Dance Chicago.
Each segment was met with roaring applause by the audience.
A fraction of the proceeds from the event also went to support The Dancers' Fund, which provides grants to dance community professionals who are dealing with health and other life issues that may affects their ability to work. Although this fund was created specifically in response to the HIV/AIDS impact, the mission has now widened to help with housing, utilities, insurance, medication, travel and other issues.