Chicago Dancers United presented the momentous 25th Anniversary of Dance for Life, welcoming the most renowned-Chicago dance companies onto the Auditorium Theatre’s historic stage. Since its inception in 1991, Dance for Life has been committed to raising funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago as well as other organizations dedicated to serious health issues while showcasing the city’s unique diversity of talent, dance traditions and styles, making it truly the only event of its kind. The celebratory evening, hosted by The Second City’s Carisa Barreca and Tim Mason, honored long-time supporters of Dance for Life, Fred Eychaner and Alphawood Foundation, Barbara Kipper and Scott Silberstein and Matt Hoffman with HMS Media.

The celebratory evening began with a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago and continue at the Auditorium Theatre with the highly anticipated anniversary performance. Performing with Dance for Life since its inception, Giordano Dance Chicago helped commemorate the special occasion with two numbers including Gus Giordano’s signature “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Alegria.” Joffrey Ballet also performed two pieces including “Rendez-Vous” and “Adagio,” while Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performed an excerpt from “Solo Echo,” Visceral Dance Chicago performed an excerpt from “VITAL” and Chicago Dance Crash performs “Heard That.” Closing out the first act of the performance, Harrison McEldowney choreographed a world premiere piece specifically for Dance for Life. In addition, what has come to be a Dance for Life tradition, Randy Duncan also choreographed a world premiere piece to cap off the entire evening using dancers that were welcome to audition through an open-call.
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