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Dance companies unite to raise AIDS awareness

Six of the city's top dance companies came together to perform for the annual "Dance for Life" benefit at the Auditorium Theatre Aug. 18. The evening began with a reception at the Hilton Chicago where more than 2,500 supporters turned out for a night to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Dancers' Fund and the Chicago Women's AIDS Project.

Following the reception, trolleys transported guests to the Auditorium Theatre for a performance produced by Anthony Guerrero that featured Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Luna Negra Dance Theater, River North Chicago Dance Company and Ron De Jesus Dance companies.

Dance for Life was founded by Keith Elliott, Gail Kalver, Todd Kiech, Danny Kopelson and Harriet Ross. The evening, which raised more than $400,000, was co-chaired by Kelly Brunick, Paula Friedman and Robert Neubert.

"Witnessing companies supporting each other is a real testament to what the Chicago professional dance community is all about: brotherhood," said Elliott. Over the past 20 years, this event has raised millions of dollars to help those living with HIV/AIDS and has helped establish an emergency fund to assist members of the dance community dealing with life-threatening illness.

Attendees included Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Ashley Wheater, Lar Lubovitch, Chris Walsh, Scott Ferguson, Joel Cabrera, Nico Rodriguez, Dr. Martin Gorbien, Marc Miller, Chris Horsman, Julie Johnson, Rhett Lindsay, Christopher Clinton Conway, Michel Desjardins, Pierre Desy, Alec and Irwin Ross.

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