Dance For Life raises $300,000 for the Dancers Fund
Chicago United Dancers (CDU), which supports the health and well-being of Chicago’s professional dance community, welcomed more than 1,700 people to the 31st annual Dance for Life, its major fundraiser, on Saturday, August 13. at the Auditorium Theatre, followed by an after party at Venue SIX10. Through a combination of ticket sales, contributions and sponsorships, Dance for Life raised $300,000, exceeding its fundraising goal, to support The dancers fundwhich provides Chicago dance industry professionals with financial support for preventative health care and critical medical needs.
The full range of successful companies included Chicago Dance Crash, Deep-rooted dance theater, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Giordano Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, NAJWA Dance Corpsand Trinity Irish Dance Company.
“We were thrilled to be back in the Auditorium this year with so many dance fans and supporters loving this annual event,” said the CDU board chairman. Michael Anderson. “While the pandemic has prompted a degree of caution, we are grateful for the outpouring of support for the health and well-being of our vibrant dance community.”
During the event, Anderson shared important news: “We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Howard Brown Health, which will provide an organized approach to health care for members of our dance community who need primary health care or pathways to services, such as dental care and mental health. » As of September 1, Howard Brown Health will refer members of the Chicago dance community to primary care physicians, dentists, mental health professionals and more at its clinics for little or no cost. “This partnership will be a game changer in how we support our dance community, providing that extra level of important resources from Howard Brown Health.”
Dance for Life 2022 co-chairs were Jennifer Edgcomb, Ted Grady and Ross Slotten. The presenting sponsor was Fred Eychaner. The main sponsors were Tim and Paula Friedman, Barbara Levy Kipper and the Auditorium Theatre.
Each year, Dance for Life showcases the city’s unique variety of dance traditions and styles by bringing together professional dance companies and dancers from across Chicago, who come together to support their peers by generously donating their time, their energy and artistic talent. Throughout its history, Dance for Life has featured 45 Chicago-based professional dance companies representing a variety of genres, sizes and histories and numerous choreographers, artists and designers. Other Dance for Life grantees are AIDS Foundation of Chicago and American Cancer Society.
The mission of Chicago Dancers United is to foster the health and well-being of Chicago’s professional dance community by providing financial support through The dancers fund for preventative health care and critical medical needs. Anyone working or retired in a professional capacity within the Chicago dance community – dancers, technical staff, administrators, choreographers, instructors, accompanists, etc. – is eligible. Chicago Dancers United is supported, in part, by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
For more information, visit chicagodancersunited.org.