From the lithe lovelies of Chicago to the buff body of Baryshnikov, dancers are built for strength, endurance, and boundless flexiblity. But what happens when a dancer gets sick? In comes the Dancers’ Fund, an organization created in 1994 after realizing that the dance community was heavily affected by AIDS. It provides emergency financial assistance to dancers living with HIV or AIDS through money raised by Dance for Life, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser in Chicago that helps by raising awareness and money for HIV care, prevention, and education, while promoting the art of dance in the Windy City and giving dancers a way of giving back to the fight against HIV and AIDS. And it's coming back this week.
Funds raised through this year’s Dance for Life benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Dancers’ Fund, and Chicago House. The Saturday Aug. 17 event begins with a gala reception (5 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago International Ballroom) and is capped by the dance performances (8 p.m. at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre). There's a complimentary shuttle bus service provided between the two venues.
To get tickets, visit DanceForLifeChicago.com.
To see the dancers — in all their brilliantly contorted beauty —follow along with these photos.